Gantimpala Theater announces 34th season (2011-2012) line-up
"This year, the company pays tribute to Dr. Jose Rizal, as we join in the commemoration of his 150th birthday celebration," says Artistic Director Tony Espejo. "We present Philippine literary and theater classics, whose lessons very much resonate the messages and morality of our beloved National Hero."
Opening the season in July is "Kanser," Jomar Fleras' adaptation of "Noli Me Tangere." Adriana Agcaoli directs.
Next in August is "El Filibusterismo." Also written by Fleras, the play highlights the many schemes of Don Simoun, the jeweler from hell who wants a revolution. Jose Estrella directs.
The third play in September is "Ibong Adarna," from the originally titled "Corrido at Buhay na Pinagdaanan nang Tatlong Principeng Magkakapatid na Anak nang Haring Fernando at nang Reyna Valeriana sa Cahariang Berbania," Ed Maranan rewrites the corrido into a play with Roobak Valle as director.
Concluding the season in October is "Florante at Laura," Francisco Baltazar (Balagtas)'s literary masterpiece presented in the theater form of the komedya, with script by Bonifacio Ilagan under the direction of Roeder and Jose Jeffrey Camañag.
"Sino Ka Ba, Jose Rizal?" is staged in cooperation with Musical Theater Philippines. Book, libretto, and music is by Nonoy Gallardo. The life of Dr. Jose Rizal, from his childhood to his execution comes alive on stage with stirring songs and rousing dances.
"Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" has book and libretto by J. Dennis Teodosio and music by Jesse Lucas. This children's musical is about the life of the fairest maiden of all and her dwarf friends.
Both touring musicals are directed by Tony Espejo.
The first four productions will be staged in both the AFP Theater (Armed Forces of the Philippines), Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City and Cinema 3, SM Southmall, Las Piñas City.
The touring productions are initially slated to be staged at Clark Expo auditorium and Bren Guiao auditorium, both of which are in Pampanga City. The touring productions are open for bookings and can be toured to different locations.
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