Cameron Mackintosh announces Open Call Auditions in Manila for various upcoming global productions of Miss Saigon, the record-breaking production that is taking London by storm and opens on Broadway in 2017. Auditions will be represented and facilitated in Manila by Bobby garcia and Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group (ATEG) and held at the Opera Haus (3657 Bautista St., Makati City).
“Miss Saigon is producing and creative team will be flying in from London to hold auditions for various upcoming global productions of the hit musical. I look forward to working with them in discovering a new generation of Filipino talent to shine on the international stage in Miss Saigon the way Lea Salonga, Leo Valdez, JonJon briones, Joanna Ampil and Rachelle Ann Go, among many others, have in the past”, says Garcia, who was also an Associate Director for Miss Saigon.
“We are searching for Kim, the Engineer, Thuy, Gigi and all Asian roles in the musical. We are looking for leads and ensemble, as well as acrobatic dancers. We encourage performers throughout the Asian region to come to Manila and audition for Miss Saigon”, added Garcia.
All applicants must be 16 to 40 years old with strong singing voices (all vocal ranges) and proficient in the English language. Some dance movement experience preferred. For registration, bring your photo and CV. For auditions, prepare 16 bars of a song from MISS SAIGON (a pianist will be provided to accompany you at the auditions). Otherwise, bring your own music scores or CD.
Registration dates are on March 11 and 12 from 10 am to 6 pm at the Opera Haus, 3657 Bautista St. (near corner Buendia), makati City. Auditions are on March 15 and 16 from 10 am to 7 pm also at the Opera Haus.
Trevor Jackson, head of Casting for Cameron Mackintosh, said- “Since casting for Miss Saigon began in the mid-1980’s, the Philippines has been integral to the show as a place to find exceptional Asian performers of World Class ability. Our teams have been returning regularly ever since. Filipino artists are the heart and soul of this show.”
For more information, contact 0995-5348371 or like the MISS SAIGON 2016 AUDITIONS page on Facebook.
PSF Summer Workshop – The Only Way to become a Stager!
(VIDEO ABOVE FEATURES MR. VINCE TANADA WITH THE STAGERS IN A VERY SPECIAL INVOCATION VID IN THEIR 12TH SEASON MORE THAN THREE YEARS BACK. videography by darryl cajucom and concept by mr. vince tanada).*
BELOW ARE THE WORDS COMING FROM MR. VINCE TANADA HIMSELF:
Hence, if you want to become a Stager, join our workshops from April 2-May 15 with two classes: Class A (Monday and Thursday) and Class B ( Tuesday and Friday), both at 1pm-5pm with Saturday Optional Immersion Activity. Workshop venue is the PSF Studio, 4th Floor, Vincent I Bldg. 411 Calabash A cor. G. Tuazon St. Balic Balic Sampaloc Manila.
Please register and get your class schedule on March 28-31 at the studio from 1pm onwards. No online registration, you have to go to the studio.
Be with us and have a fulfilling, professional theater career”.— (FROM MR. VINCE TANADA).*
Pinilit ko si Vince. Ilang private messages din iyon sa kanyang Facebook account, sabi ko, “Vince, miss na kita. Miss ko na ang Stagers. Maaari ba akong makadalo sa kaarawan ng iyong anak na si Spidey mamaya?”
Ilang oras din akong naghintay ng kanyang ‘reply”. Pero wala. At naisipan kong kulitin pa siya. Isa pang “private message” ang ginawa ko. At nagulat ako, bigla na siyang sumagot- FINALLY. At ang sagot niya- “Oo, tara na. Now na. Punta ka na dito.”
Halos mapaiyak ako. Nuon ko pa kasi sila gustong makita. Muling makasalamuha. Muling maramdaman na – NABIBILANG AKO SA KANILA. Na, ako at sila ay IISA. We are a part of one big, artistic group na ang tanging hangad lamang ay makapagbigay-saya sa mga kabataan, sa mga estudyante sa iba’t-ibang panig ng Pilipinas. Ang maipakita ang artistikong aspeto ng buhay- sa pamamagitan ng mga musikal na dula at paglalahad. Ang makapagturo, ang maiabot ang mga kamay, ang magbigay.
Nuon pa man ay NAKITA ko na ito. Kaya naman ganun katindi ang suportang ibinigay ko sa kanila na ibinalik naman nila ang naibigay ko ng sobra-sobra pa. Taos sa kanilang mga puso. Buong akap nila akong piniyos ng kanilang mga pagmamahal…
Pero kadalasan ako’y naliligaw, may pinupuntahang ibang mga landas- mga landas na madidilim, sumisira sa pagkatao ng isang nilalang. Mas pinili ko pa ang mga landasin na iyon keysa sa kanila…
Pero sa kaarawan ng anak ni Vince na si Baby Spidey, hindi na talaga ako nakatiis. Mahal ko kasi ang anak na ito ni Papa Vince. Dahil sa tuwing makikita niya ako, lalapit siya at ngingiti sa akin. Ipadarama na welcome ako sa kanila. At nuong gabi na iyon, sa kaarawan niya, muli ngang lumapit sa akin si baby Spidey. Pero sa paglapit niyang ito, hindi lang basta ngiti ang ibinigay niya. Kundi, isang akap. Oo, inakap ako ni Baby Spidey sa mismong kaarawan niya. At ibinulong ko sa kanyang mga teynga- “Happy Birthday, Baby Spidey”. Ngumiti si baby Spidey at lumayo na. Feeling ko tuloy, ako ang nawawala niyang Ina. Haha.
Nuong gabi na iyon, ilang beses akong tumawa, ngumiti, sumigaw. Dahil hayun pa rin ang mga Stagers, handang magpasaya sa akin. Hayun pa rin sila, masasaya, malalaya, mapagpala…
Sa kaibuturan ng aking puso, may isang awit ako. Isang Awit Ng Paghahangad. Isang dasal sa Diyos na sana, dampian niya ng tubig ang natutuyot ko nang DAMDAMIN. Na sana, punuan niya ng pagmamahal ang nangungulila kong PUSO.
Marahil, laging nadidinig ng Diyos ang dasal ko na iyon. Alam niya ang mga pangangailangan ko. Nababasa niya ang pangungulila ko.
Kaya naman ibinigay niya ang isang Vince Tanada sa buhay ko. Isang tunay na kaibigan. Isang totoong tao. Isang artistikong nilalang na hindi nagmaramot na mag-alay ng oras niya para sa akin.
Minsan ko nang sinaktan ang damdamin ni Vince at ng Stagers. Pero nagawa ko iyon sa paghahangad na mas sumikat pa sila at makilala. Dahil mas napapansin ng mga tao ang mga negatibong balita keysa sa mga positibong balita. At hindi naman kami lahat nangangarap na maging mga Santo at Santa na walang bahid ng pagkakamali. Tao din kami na nagkakamali, nasasaktan, natitisod… Sa showbiz, kapag sobrang malinis ka, pilit kang babahiran ng dungis. Pilit kang lalagyan ng DUMI.
Naging napakasaya ng kaarawan ni Baby Spidey. Simple lang pero “very family-like” ang naging ‘ambience’. Kami-kami lang. Isang buong pamilya na nagsalo-salo para sa kaarawan ng isang bata.
May mga games, raffles, contests, kantahan, at mga katatawanan. Ang saya-saya….
At higit sa lahat, nalasing ako sa isang bote ng Johnny Walker Red Label na inihain ni Vince sa harapan ng aming mesa nina Chin Ortega at Paul Paran na alaga ng P.R. man ni Vince na si Dennis Sebastian.
Ngayong nalalapit na ang Mahal Na Araw, siguro’y sadyang ipinadama ng Diyos sa akin ang kahalagahan ng buhay. Muli niyang pinadarama ang kanyang “presensiya”. Kaya naman hiling ko lang, sa Mahal Na Araw na ito, ang mga Stagers ang makapiling ko.
Yun bang magsisimba kami ng sama-sama, o lalakad ng paluhod sa mga simbahan… Dili kaya, magmumuni-muni sa darating nilang PSF Summer Workshop.
Sa mga susunod na araw, maglalakbay pang muli ang mga Stagers sa Bacolod City, at dalawa pang malalayong probinsya, bago sila tuluyang bumalik sa Maynila in time for their Summer Workshop and “4-C Plays”.
Pero ni minsan, hindi nila kinalimutan ang Diyos. Inialay nila ang kani-kanilang mga buhay at pawis para lamang maisadula ng maganda ang “Popepular (Paano Kung Naging Pinoy Si Kiko)” na talaga namang well-acclaimed sa lahat ng lugar na pinuntahan nila. Ang dulang ito ay ukol sa buhay ni Santo Papa Francisco.
Oo, ang sining ang aming buhay. Ang sining ang aming mundo. Dito na rin iikot ang bawat sandali ng aming buhay.
Kaya naman heto ngayon ang masasabi ko para sa Philippine Stagers Foundation na nai-post ko sa aking Facebook. Sa wikang Ingles:
“IF PEOPLE NOW WILL STILL ASK ME IF I REALLY DID LOVE THEM, I CAN ANSWER THEM STRAIGHT AND LOOK THEM DIRECTLY INTO THEIR EYES- “YES”. … YES, I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED THEM. THEY ARE A PART OF ME. A GREAT ASPECT OF MY ARTISTRY AND LOVE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS BELONGS TO THEM. A BUNCH OF WELL-DISCIPLINED PEOPLE WHO TAUGHT ME MANY VALUES AND SELF-RESPECT. THEY MAY NOT BE SWEET AND CUDDLY TO ME, BUT I KNOW, DEEP IN THEIR HEARTS, THEY VALUED ME. SO MUCH. YES, I WILL ALWAYS LOVE THEM. I WILL ALWAYS ADMIRE THESE YOUNG ARTISTIC INDIVIDUALS WHO HELPED ME GROW AND MADE ME CHERISH LIFE ALL THE MORE. MASTER VINCE TANADA, THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THEM BACK INTO MY LIFE. I LOVE YOU ALL, THE “STAGERS” PHILIPPINE STAGERS FOUNDATION!”
SALAMAT KAY MR. GERALD MAGALLANES SA MGA LARAWANG KUHA SA IBABA:
FEU’s President’s Committee on Culture and the Embassy of Israel celebrate the Arts Month and the Philippine International Jazz Festival with a free workshop, lecture and performance featuring the celebrated Ravid Kalahani on February 22 at 1 p.m. in the PCC Center Studio. He will speak on “How Languages Influence Music Styles”.
Hear some of Ravid’s music:
Ravid Kahalani – Singer / Composer / Producer & Performer. Born in 1978 to a Jewish Yemeni family that is known for its singing talent and includes a long line of renowned singers. Ravid has become an important star in the Israeli music scene over the past several years. Via a series of detours, Ravid was drawn to music first and foremost through his love for African-American soul and blues, roots music and traditional religious songs. Ravid’s diverse singing talent instilled an enthusiasm for the music of the Sahara and North Africa. This caught the attention of renowned Israeli singer Idan Raichel and led to Ravid becoming the lead singer in Raichel’s World Music project & had over 400 shows all over the world in the last 5 years. Nowadays, Ravid is a rare guest in Idan Raichel’s shows as YEMEN BLUES’ calendar is completely filled up. Ravid has performed in over 150 shows with Yemen Blues in the last 3 years while still performing with Idan Raichel and many more solo shows on his own. Along the way Ravid has taken part in many projects. He also has studied Opera (singing as a counter tenor), Orthodox Serbian church singing, composing & writing songs in many musical generas. Ravid has composed for and worked with top musicians around the world including Balkan Beat Box, Matiyahu, Oxmo Puccino, Idan Raichel and has been featured on many releases and Radio shows.
For seat reservation, please call us at Tel. No. 726-4897 or email us back in this email address. Thank you.
“WORKSHOP ONVOCAL PRODUCTION FOR MUSICAL THEATER AT THE CCP”
AN intensive Workshop on Vocal Production and Interpretation for Live Stage Performance for musical theater actors will be held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines on April 26-May 1, 2016. The Workshop will be conducted by musical director, vocal coach, composer, pianist and educator from New York Carmela Sinco. The Workshop will be limited to only 15 participants.
The Workshop module will be conducted in the manner of a masterclass and will focus on each of the particular abilities of the 15 individual participants who will receive intensive training on vocal production and interpretation for live stage performance. The participants may choose to focus on songs sung in musicals, operas, and/or art songs. The Workshop will end with a Culminating Program on May 1, 2016.
Ms. Sinco has a Master of Arts in Music Theory and Composition (New York University), a Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance (University of Hawaii) and years of private studies with composers and pianists (solo and collaborative) in New York City, Hawaii and Europe. Ms. Sinco has worked in various musical theater and operatic productions, cabaret and vocal concerts in Europe, Asia and in the USA. As a composer, her credits include having composed and produced the music for documentary film and television series aired on PBS, CUNY TV, various local stations and film festivals in the USA and abroad. She has also composed works on commission by musicians of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Her one-act opera, Raya and Sag-In, with music, story and libretto by Ms. Sinco, had its world premiere production in NYC in 2009. As an educator, Ms. Sinco has worked with students of all levels and ages privately, semi-privately and in classes throughout the tri-state area, addressing her students’ goals and aspirations be they professional or simply for enjoyment and fun.
As a pianist, her performances have taken her around the US and across borders into Europe, Asia and Africa playing in music festivals and other concerts and events. As a music director, band leader, orchestrator, music arranger and keyboardist, she has worked with modern music production companies and off-Broadway productions in New York City. Experiencing New York City and all its music activity, she has also been keyboardist and vocalist for various independent original rock and funk bands performing in the New York City and New Jersey club scenes.
She has run her vocal workshop for live stage performance twice in Manila, first during the New York-Manila Musical Theater Workshop organized by the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 2014 and again for Tanghalang Pilipino in 2015, targeting advanced and professional level performers. Most recently she ran a version of the same workshop for vocalists in Kampala, Uganda in December 2015 where she has also been developing music educational systems addressing different levels and cultural influences for the last two years. Recently she has also served as a consultant for a NYC education company, helping them develop a music academy curriculum in Vietnam.
Ms. Sinco is composing the music for her second opera on commission, with a world premiere performance scheduled for February 2017 in Manila, Philippines.
Acceptance to the Workshop will be based on the merit of submitted applications. Deadline for submission of applications is on April 12, 2016. For fees and other information, please contact the CCP Artist Training Division at 832-1125 loc. 1604/1605 or email (email@example.com).
THE Johann Strauss Society of the Philippines Foundation, Inc. (JSSP) will hold a Gala Dinner Concert A Kaleidoscope of Austrian Musicon Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at the Ballroom of the New World Makati Hotel.
The event features internationally-renowned concert pianist Raul Sunico performing with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra to be conducted by eminent Austrian conductor Ernest Hoetzl. Program includes W.A. Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, J. Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 5, Johann Strauss II’s Emperor Waltz and Lehar’s Gold & Silver Waltz. Paul Hertel’s Emigration will be premiered for the first time in the Philippines.
Funds raised are earmarked for projects of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the Psychological Center at Marillac Hills for abused children and girls, the Mother and Child project of Virlanie Foundation for abandoned children and medical and educational needs of indigent children.
The event is spearheaded by JSSP President Olga Severino Martel and the Ladies Committee composed of President Martel, JSSP Chairman and Consul General of Monaco Fortune Ledesma, VP and Consul of Gambia Agnes Huibonhoa, Secretary and Consul of Tanzania Betty Chua, Treasurer Virginia Lane, Mila How, Rosalind Wee, Fanny Blanco, Ditas Posadas, Marissa Fenton and Lilibeth Campos.
Co-sponsors are the New World Makati Hotel, Lexus Manila and Universal Harvester.
“The day when my Michelle Dee strike a pose, shine on the run way & made me proud! Thank you Ben Chan for making her your Bench Model. Keep up your good work Anak!” ❤U! 🎉😃—MELANIE MARQUEZ
(FROM SSSIP*- MICHELLE DEE IS MELANIE MARQUEZ’ DAUGHTER. HER DAD IS AN ACTION STAR DURING THE ’90’S- DEREK DEE. SAW HER WHEN SHE WAS STILL A BABY. HOW SHE GREW-UP SO LOVELY AND BEAUTIFUL! LIKE MOTHER, LIKE DAUGHTER).
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