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Jay Españo Does Movement for 'At The Flash'

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Yay! My article on the production of "At The Flash" presented by Pride Films and Plays was published in www.broadwayworld.com on Dec. 6, 2012.

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Jay Españo Does Movement for 'At The Flash'
By Walter Ang

Jay Españo
Chicago, December 6, 2012 — Former Tanghalang Pilipino actor Jay Españo has taken assistant director and movement coordinator responsibilities in the recently opened "At the Flash," a one-actor, five-character play that condenses LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) history from the 1960s to the 2000s.

Written by Sean Chandler and David Leeper, this comedy features a closeted man in the 1960s, a black drag queen in the 1970s, a club kid in the 1980s, a budding lesbian activist in the 1990s, and a family man/entrepreneur in the 2000s as they relate their stories in the gay club The Flash.

For its world premiere, presented by Pride Films and Plays (PFP), co-playwright Leeper stars under the direction of David Zak, PFP's executive director.

Leeper's acting credits include roles in David Mamet's "Oleanna" and Lanford Wilson's "Fifth of July."

Españo collaborated with the Leeper and Zak to create distinct physical silhouettes, mannerisms, and behavior for each of the five characters. Españo received his yoga teaching certification in Singapore and has a graduate certificate in Laban Movement Analysis from Columbia College, Chicago.


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http://chicago.broadwayworld.com/article/Jay-Espao-Does-Movement-for-AT-THE-FLASH-Runs-Thru-1216-20121206#ixzz2ENjIzCna

The 25th Aliw Awards (2012) nominees and winners of theater and performing arts categories

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The 25th Aliw Awards (2012) nominees and winners of theater and performing arts categories

Here you have it! This year's winners!

The 25th Aliw Awards (2012) had its awarding ceremony on Nov. 26, 2012 at Manila Hotel's Centennial Pavilion.

The information below was culled from different news websites and blogs:
- The Aliw Awards "honors the best in Philippine live entertainment" and was founded in 1976 by Alice H. Reyes.
- Frank Rivera is chair of the screening committee with Sonny Valencia as vice-chair.
- Aliw Awards members are not voting members except for the president.
- The Board of Judges is invited by the Aliw Awards Foundation and it deliberates and chooses the winners.
- This year's awards were given to productions staged from Oct. 1, 2011 to Sept. 30, 2012.


LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
University of the Philippines Concert Chorus
Danny Dolor
Jose Mari Chan
Imelda Papin

HALL OF FAME
UP Singing Ambassadors
Quezon City Performing Arts



BEST CHILD PERFORMER
Alon Severino (Totong Hilot/Virgin Labfest 8)
Other nominees:
Atasha Muhlach (Sound of Music/Resorts World Manila)
Anton Posadas (The King and I/RWM)
Annika Allado (Sound of Music/RWM)


BEST ACTOR (NON MUSICAL)
Edgar Allan Guzman (Bona/Philippine Educational Theater Association)
Other nominees:
Jeremy Domingo (Woman In Black/Dulaang Kalay, Kalayaan College)
Marco Viana (Kafatiran/Virgin Labfest 8)
Paul Jake Paule (Kuneho/Virgin Labfest 8)
Leo Rialp (Forsaken House/Dulaang Unibersidad ng Pilipinas, University of the Philippines)
Kalil Almonte (Sintang Dalisay/Tanghalang Ateneo, Ateneo De Manila University)

BEST ACTRESS (NON MUSICAL)
Eugene Domingo (Bona/PETA)
Other nominees:
Menchu Lauchengco Yulo (God of Carnage/Atlantis Productions)
Sherry Lara (Isa Pang Soap Opera/Virgin Labfest 8)
Mosang (Pobreng Alindanaw/Teatrong Gala)
Frances Makil Ignacio (Ang Tagak/ Dulaang UP)
Anna Abad Santos (The Seagull/Dulaang UP)


BEST ACTOR (MUSICAL)
Leo Valdez (The King and I/RWM)
Other nominees:
Ariel Rivera (Sound of Music/RWM)
Ivan Nery (Noli Me Tangere: the Opera/Dulaang UP)
Bimbo Cerrudo (The King and I/RWM)
Lucky Mercado (Jack at ang Mahiwagang Beanstalk/Gantimpala Theater Foundation)
Patrick Libao (Joe: Filipino Rock’sical/Philippine Stagers Foundation)

BEST ACTRESS (MUSICAL)
Joanna Ampil (Sound of Music/RWM)
Other nominees:
Monique Wilson (King and I/RWM)
Liesl Batucan (Forbidden Broadway/Upstart Productions)
Sheila Valderama (King and I/RWM)
Myramae Meneses (Noli Me Tangere, the Opera/ Dulaang UP)
Cris Villongco (Sound of Music/RWM)


BEST ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE
Phil Noble (Bona/PETA)
Other nominees:
Joey Paras (Bona/PETA)
Abner Delina Jr. (Jack at ang Mahiwagang Beanstalk/Gantimpala Theater Foundation)
Franco Laurel (You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown/9 Works Theatrical)
Brian Sy (Sintang Dalisay/Tanghalang Ateneo)
Fred Lo (Sound of Music/RWM)


BEST ACTRESS IN A FEATURED ROLE
Aiza Seguerra  (Rock of Ages/Atlantis)
Other nominees:
Pinky Amador (Sound of Music/RWM)
Pinky Marquez (Sound of Music/RWM)
Peewee O’Hara (Isa Pang Soap Opera/Virgin Labfest 8)
Gina Respall (The King and I/RWM)
Tanya Manalang (The King and I/RWM)



BEST CLASSICAL DANCER
Lisa Macuja (Swan Song Series/Ballet Manila)
Other nominees:
Carissa Adea (Songs/Ballet Philippines)
Emmanuel Guillermo (Songs/Ballet Philippines)
Cyril Fallar (Songs/Ballet Philippines)

BEST CLASSICAL PERFORMER
Randy Gilongo
Other nominees:
Dondi Ong
Arthur Espiritu
Andrew Fernando
Clarissa Ocampo
Jonathan Badon



BEST PRODUCTION FOR CHILDREN
Wizard of Oz (Repertory Philippines)
Other nominees:
Pobreng Alindanaw (Teatrong Gala)
Jack and the Beanstalk (Kids Act Philippines)
Umaaraw, Umuulan, Kinakasal ang Tikbalang (UP Playwrights Theater, University of the Philippines)

BEST NON MUSICAL PRODUCTION
Sintang Dalisay (Tanghalang Ateneo)
Other nominees:
Bona (PETA)
Totong Hilot (Virgin Labfest 8)
Kafatiran (Virgin Labfest 8 )
The Seagull/Ang Tagak (Dulaang UP)
Unang Ulan ng Mayo (Harlequin Theater Guild, De La Salle University)

BEST MUSICAL PRODUCTION
The King and I (RWM)
Other nominees:
Sound of Music (RWM)
Walang Sugat (Tanghalang Pilipino)
Jack at Mahiwagang Beanstalk (Gantimpala Theater Foundation)
Noli Me Tangere, The Opera (Dulaang UP)



BEST STAGE DIRECTOR (NON-MUSICAL)
Ricardo Abad (Sintang Dalisay/Tanghalang Ateneo)
Other nominees:
Soxie Topacio (Bona/PETA)
Bobby Garcia (God of Carnage/Atlantis)
Roeder Camanag (Alejandro/Virgin Labfest 8)
JK Anicoche (Kafatiran/Virgin Labfest 8)
Romualdo Tejada (Unang Ulan ng Mayo/Harlequin Theater Guild)

BEST STAGE DIRECTOR (MUSICAL)
Freddie Santos (The King and I/RWM)
Other nominees:
Chari Arespacochaga (Rock of Ages/Atlantis)
Alex Cortez (Noli Me Tangere, the Opera/Dulaang UP)
Arthur Casanova (Seussical The Musical/Brent International)
Jeffrey Camanag/Allain De Leon (Jack at ang Mahiwagang Beanstalk/Gantimpala Theatre Foundation)



BEST DANCE COMPANY
Ballet Manila
Other nominees:
G Force
St Dominic Savio Dance Troupe
Dangoan Pangasinan
Bungkos Palay, Science City of Munoz, Nueva Ecija
Kaloob Music and Dance Ministry

BEST CHORAL GROUP
Saint Louis University Chorale (Baguio City)
Other nominees:
Samiweng Singers (Ilocos Norte)
SDS Chorale (Tandag City, Surigao del Sur)**
University of Santo Tomas Singers
University of the Visayas Chorale

BEST CULTURAL GROUP
Tanghalang Saint Louis University (Baguio City)
Other nominees:
Sipat Lawin Ensemble (PHSA)*
Harlequin Theater Guild (DLSU)
RPSA Cultural Troupe, Angono Rizal**
PUP Bataan Banda Kawayan**


*Theaterbator is confused because Sipat Lawin Ensemble is not the same group as Dulaang Sipat Lawin, which is the theater group of the Philippine High School for the Arts. Theaterbator wonders which group is the nominated group.

**What do these acronyms stand for? Theaterbator is unable to Google the groups' full names.

Contact:
Aliw Awards Foundation
Website: http://aliwawards.com/
Facebook account: https://www.facebook.com/pages/ALIW-Awards-Foundation/319542288056354

The Facebook account also lists the ff. contact information for the foundation:
Cell: +63 916 292 6036
Email: aliwawardsfoundation@yahoo.com

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'Nutcracker' ballet gets modern treatment

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Yay! My article on the upcoming production of "Nutcracker Swit" by Myra Beltran's Dance Forum was published in www.abs-cbnnews.com on November 22, 2012.

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'Nutcracker' ballet gets modern treatment
By Walter Ang

Ballet audiences are familiar with "The Nutcracker" as it is usually staged during the year-end holidays.

Set to Peter Tchaikovsky's music and originally choreographed by Marius Petipa, the ballet's libretto is based on E.T.A. Hoffmann's story "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King."

The story is about a girl who receives a nutcracker carved in the shape of a soldier on Christmas Eve. After she goes to bed, the Nutcracker comes to life and battles the evil Mouse King. The Nutcracker transforms into a handsome prince and takes the girl to the Land of Sweets where she meets the Sugar Plum Fairy and different sweets from around the world.

Tchaikovsky's score has been given other ballet choreographies, such as by George Balanchine in the US and Noordin Jumalon (after Petipa and Ivanov) in the Philippines. Local companies sometimes set the production design in a Filipino setting.

The story has been remade into other mediums such as film, including excerpts in Disney's "Fantasia" and even a Barbie movie.

A new Filipino contemporary dance version of "The Nutcracker" presented by Myra Beltran’s Dance Forum takes off from a similar point: paper dolls of American icons.


Read the full article at:
http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/lifestyle/11/22/12/nutcracker-ballet-gets-modern-treatment

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25th Aliw Awards 2012 list of theater and performing arts nominees, awarding ceremony on Nov. 26, 2012

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The Aliw Awards Foundation has announced its nominees for the 25th Aliw Awards 2012 and will hold the awarding ceremony on Nov. 26, 2012 at Manila Hotel.

The information below was culled from different news websites:
- The Aliw Awards "honors the best in Philippine live entertainment" and was founded in 1976 by Alice H. Reyes. Its current president is Jeatte Palabrica. Frank Rivera and Sonny Valencia head Aliw's screening committee.
- Aliw Awards members are not voting members except for the president.
- The Board of Judges is invited by the Aliw Awards Foundation and it deliberates and chooses the winners.

Last year, Theaterbator discussed how the Aliw Awards Foundation did not have a website. This year, it seems, it now has a website (http://aliwawards.com/), a static one-pager, and a Facebook account (https://www.facebook.com/pages/ALIW-Awards-Foundation/319542288056354).

Its Facebook account lists the ff. information:
Aliw Awards' mission is to elevate the standards of Philiippine live entertainment through a system of awards and workshops and seminars. The foundation is a non-stock,non-profit private organization founded in 1976 by a group of newspersons headed by Alice H. Reyes and was created to give due recognition to entertainers who perform live in the Philippines and abroad. Annually, the AAFI presents its Applause trophy to the winners of the different categories.

The Facebook account also lists the ff. contact information for the foundation:
Cell: +63 916 292 6036
Email: aliwawardsfoundation@yahoo.com

Last year, Theaterbator was able to Google Aliw Awards' announcement to accept nominations for 2011. It seems that they did not announce the same process for this year. Googling different news sites and blogs, we found out that for this year's awards, performances held from Oct. 1, 2011 to Sept. 30, 2012 are eligible. We find this strange because for the 2011 awards, performances held from Sept. 2010 to Oct. 15, 2011 were eligible. Why was there a need to extend this year's eligibility to overlap with Oct. 1 to 15, 2011? Shouldn't the eligibility have started at Oct. 16, 2011?


The list of nominees below for the 25th Aliw Awards 2012 was compiled from different news websites and only includes theater/performing arts-related categories. :


BEST CHILD PERFORMER
Alon Severino (Totong Hilot/Virgin Labfest 8)
Atasha Muhlach (Sound of Music/Resorts World Manila)
Anton Posadas (The King and I/RWM)
Annika Allado (Sound of Music/RWM)


BEST ACTOR (NON MUSICAL)
Edgar Allan Guzman (Bona/Philippine Educational Theater Association)
Jeremy Domingo (Woman In Black/Dulaang Kalay, Kalayaan College)
Marco Viana (Kafatiran/Virgin Labfest 8)
Paul Jake Paule (Kuneho/Virgin Labfest 8)
Leo Rialp (Forsaken House/Dulaang Unibersidad ng Pilipinas, University of the Philippines)
Kalil Almonte (Sintang Dalisay/Tanghalang Ateneo, Ateneo De Manila University)

BEST ACTRESS (NON MUSICAL)
Eugene Domingo (Bona/PETA)
Menchu Lauchengco Yulo (God of Carnage/Atlantis Productions)
Sherry Lara (Isa Pang Soap Opera/Virgin Labfest 8)
Mosang (Pobreng Alindanaw/Teatrong Gala)
Frances Makil Ignacio (Ang Tagak/ Dulaang UP)
Anna Abad Santos (The Seagull/Dulaang UP)


BEST ACTOR (MUSICAL)
Leo Valdez (The King and I/RWM)
Ariel Rivera (Sound of Music/RWM)
Ivan Nery (Noli Me Tangere: the Opera/Dulaang UP)
Bimbo Cerrudo (The King and I/RWM)
Lucky Mercado (Jack at ang Mahiwagang Beanstalk/Gantimpala Theater Foundation)
Patrick Libao (Joe: Filipino Rock’sical/Philippine Stagers Foundation)

BEST ACTRESS (MUSICAL)
Joanna Ampil (Sound of Music/RWM)
Monique Wilson (King and I/RWM)
Liesl Batucan (Forbidden Broadway/Upstart Productions)
Sheila Valderama (King and I/RWM)
Myramae Meneses (Noli Me Tangere, the Opera/ Dulaang UP)
Cris Villongco (Sound of Music/RWM)


BEST ACTRESS IN A FEATURED ROLE
Aiza Seguerra  (Rock of Ages/Atlantis)
Pinky Amador (Sound of Music/RWM)
Pinky Marquez (Sound of Music/RWM)
Peewee O’Hara (Isa Pang Soap Opera/Virgin Labfest 8)
Gina Respall (The King and I/RWM)
Tanya Manalang (The King and I/RWM)

BEST ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE
Phil Noble (Bona/PETA)
Joey Paras (Bona/PETA)
Abner Delina Jr. (Jack at ang Mahiwagang Beanstalk/Gantimpala Theater Foundation)
Franco Laurel (You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown/9 Works Theatrical)
Brian Sy (Sintang Dalisay/Tanghalang Ateneo)
Fred Lo (Sound of Music/RWM)


BEST CLASSICAL DANCER
Lisa Macuja (Swan Song Series/Ballet Manila)
Carissa Adea (Songs/Ballet Philippines)
Emmanuel Guillermo (Songs/Ballet Philippines)
Cyril Fallar (Songs/Ballet Philippines)

BEST CLASSICAL PERFORMER
Dondi Ong
Arthur Espiritu
Andrew Fernando
Randy Gilongo
Clarissa Ocampo
Jonathan Badon



BEST PRODUCTION FOR CHILDREN
Pobreng Alindanaw (Teatrong Gala)
Wizard of Oz (Repertory Philippines)
Jack and the Beanstalk (Kids Act Philippines)
Umaaraw, Umuulan, Kinakasal ang Tikbalang (UP Playwrights Theater, University of the Philippines)

BEST NON MUSICAL PRODUCTION
Bona (PETA)
Sintang Dalisay (Tanghalang Ateneo)
Totong Hilot (Virgin Labfest 8)
Kafatiran (Virgin Labfest 8 )
The Seagull/Ang Tagak (Dulaang UP)
Unang Ulan ng Mayo (Harlequin Theater Guild, De La Salle University)

BEST MUSICAL PRODUCTION
Sound of Music (RWM)
Walang Sugat (Tanghalang Pilipino)
Jack at Mahiwagang Beanstalk (Gantimpala Theater Foundation)
Noli Me Tangere, The Opera (Dulaang UP)
The King and I (RWM)



BEST MUSICAL DIRECTOR
Mike Villegas/Ria Osorio (Aiza Seguerra Bente Singko)
Mel Villena (Swings Out with AMP Band)
Edru Abrahan (Sintang Dalisay)
RJ Jimenez (Jack at ang Mahiwagang Beanstalk)

BEST STAGE DIRECTOR (NON-MUSICAL)
Ricardo Abad (Sintang Dalisay/Tanghalang Ateneo)
Soxie Topacio (Bona/PETA)
Bobby Garcia (God of Carnage/Atlantis)
Roeder Camanag (Alejandro/Virgin Labfest 8)
JK Anicoche (Kafatiran/Virgin Labfest 8)
Romualdo Tejada (Unang Ulan ng Mayo/Harlequin Theater Guild)

BEST STAGE DIRECTOR (MUSICAL)
Freddie Santos (The King and I/RWM)
Chari Arespacochaga (Rock of Ages/Atlantis)
Alex Cortez (Noli Me Tangere, the Opera/Dulaang UP)
Arthur Casanova (Seussical The Musical/Brent International)
Jeffrey Camanag/Allain De Leon (Jack at ang Mahiwagang Beanstalk/Gantimpala Theatre Foundation)



BEST DANCE COMPANY
G Force
Ballet Manila
St Dominic Savio Dance Troupe
Dangoan Pangasinan
Bungkos Palay, Science City of Munoz, Nueva Ecija
Kaloob Music and Dance Ministry

BEST CHORAL GROUP
Saint Louis University Chorale (Baguio City)
Samiweng Singers (Ilocos Norte)
SDS Chorale (Tandag City, Surigao del Sur)**
University of Santo Tomas Singers
University of the Visayas Chorale

BEST CULTURAL GROUP
Tanghalang Saint Louis University (Baguio City)
Sipat Lawin Ensemble (PHSA)*
Harlequin Theater Guild (DLSU)
RPSA Cultural Troupe, Angono Rizal**
PUP Bataan Banda Kawayan**



LIFETIME  ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Danny Dolor
Jose Mari Chan
UP Concert Chorus
Imelda Papin

HALL OF FAME
UP Singing Ambassadors
QC Performing Arts


*Theaterbator is confused because Sipat Lawin Ensemble is not the same group as Dulaang Sipat Lawin, which is the theater group of the Philippine High School for the Arts. Theaterbator wonders which group is the nominated group.

**What do these acronyms stand for? Theaterbator is unable to Google the groups' full names.

What do you think of this award-giving body? Share your comments.

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