I usually write poems, short stories, book and movie reviews here but I don’t often share what I really do in my real life. I oftentimes express ideas and musings. Then whenever I’m satisfied, I post it here. WordPress has become my outlet of these thoughts, and I find it helpful anyway. Through it, I could easily find a place where I can resort ideas that most people in my age and world don’t find interesting.
So please, let me share to you what I fell in love with, since I was a kid, that is theater acting (or acting in general.)
If you are a generous reader of my blog, you might have probably stumbled on to my home page. I introduced you there how I came to love theater performing. And as I move on to my senior year this AY, I’d like to do a quick recap of what’s happened to my junior college year.
They say junior year is the most excruciating level in college next to senior. I couldn’t say I fully agree on that one yet ’cause I haven’t been in senior level. No comparable reason to answer that one yet. But, I’d say junior year was the hardest, so far. Studying theater arts, though, is a little different and a little bit harder since we are dealing with both numerous stage productions in a month (a month, yes, ’cause that’s the basic case) and study of different literature, other minor subjects that had nothing to do with theater at all, thesis and etc.
Story-telling my whole second semester would be a lot of mountains to hurdle, so I’d just put a bit of caption with each picture below.
Last February 21-22, we staged the musical “Qudarat: Hari ng Pulnaggi” (Qudarat: King of Pulanggi) written by our two AB Theater Arts alum, a true-to-life story about the history of Spaniard colonization occurred on the 19th century in Pulanggi (southern region of the Philippines now called Maguindanao, located in Mindanao). It also showcases Muslim tradition (Philippines is not a Muslim country but its most southern part is occupied by Filipino-Muslim citizens).
I played the role of Latipa, Banua’s wife (Banua, a loyal right hand of Qudarat).
The whole production wasn’t part of our curriculum though. It was simply a hard work of each AB Theater Arts year level in part of the annual celebration of Arts’ Month.
Second to this event was our final exam for the subject Acting for Radio, TV and Film where we produced an indie film entitled “Tuloy Po Kayo”, a suspense short television film written by Mr. Rene O. Villanueva. It may be a shame that I hardly did any help on the whole production but act as a house manager in our show date, but I had fun watching the finished film with the whole class while laughing our ass out. (I know, I said it’s a suspense film but who wouldn’t have so much fun seeing faces of your blockmates flashing on the huge projector?)
Third was our musical production for the subject Children’s Theater entitled “Princess Lavina and the Harlequin Frog” written by our own professor. It’s a typical rags to riches princess-kind of story, like Cinderella. I played the role of the princess herself, Lavina.
Okay, it was probably my most favorite this semester. Not because I played the title role but because it takes a lot of effort to play a character for children (and to dance a bit of ballet, ’cause I’m no ballerina) and, for some reasons, it took me a whole while to study and understand my character. I thought it would be so easy since we’re playing for kids but heck nooooo. I’d say never underestimate stage plays for children.
THE CATCH: I performed with a full-blown, three-day sore throat, common colds and cough.
THE EVEN GREATER CATCH: Not only did I perform with those, I have also lost my voice. So whenever I speak and sing, it took me a whole helluva effort. Musical arrangements also had to adjust and lower the keys of the songs I will sing in order for me to cope. Whenever I speak, I sound like a man struggling to find his female voice. It’s horrible. It’s madness. Frustration and fright overwhelmed me day and hours before the show. I bawled my eyes so many times and until now I have no clue as to how I finished the show successfully. It’s amazing. But mostly, I thank our musical and overall director for trusting me and God for giving me just enough strength to overcome the fears. I’m in awe beyond words.
Our batch may have gone through a lot of trials and misunderstanding, but after three years now and going for our fourth, they’re like a family to me. People say we can’t choose our family but in this case, I chose them the day I decided to study theater arts. We may be a collision of different personalities and all, but I’d pick them out of all the people in a heartbeat because with them, it’s less of a struggle to learn to breathe underwater.