REP’s One-night Only Musical Gala Celebrates 50 Years of Telling Stories

Published · Tuesday, June 13, 2017 11:16 AM

The grand musical gala to celebrate its milestone golden year, REP: 50 Years of Telling Stories culls Repertory Philippines or REP’s current roster of talents and acclaimed alumni to narrate the theater company’s story – from its beginnings, to its continuing efforts of nurturing the next generation of performing greats. 

“REP: 50 Years of Telling Stories encompasses all aspects of theater from the narration, music, choreography, producers, performers, comedians, set designers and directors,” says President & CEO Mindy Perez-Rubio. “It took a team of almost one hundred people to mount this production featuring seven segments with different directors.”

   Jaime del Mundo, Michael Williams, Cara Barredo, Audie Gemora, Raymond Lauchengco, Menchu Lauchengco

The show is one grand story told through song, dance and visuals with musical numbers from past REP productions such as A Chorus Line, West Side Story, Carousel, Camp Rock, Pippin, Annie, Sound of Music, Jekyll and Hyde, Seussicaland Les Miserables.

Leo Martinez

Opening with a tribute to Zeneida “Bibot” Amador, the performance honors all the REP founders who built the company. It then transitions to the tradition of telling stories that are universal and appealing for every Filipino through choreographers, dancers and actors.

Menchu Lauchengco

Morisette Amon & Markki Stroem

It also flows through the works of writers, musical directors and designers who make “magic” on and off stage, to the directors or the interpreters of the tales who ensure the stories are told well. The audience is also taken behind the scenes to discover the hard work of unsung heroes like production managers, stage managers and the like whose efforts are hardly seen.Another highlight is the telling of stories that educate young theater-goers through Repertory Theater For Young Audiences.

Audie Gemora & Michael Williams

Cocoy Laurel

A fitting showcase brings the gala to a close, withyoung and upcoming Reppers taking over center stage as the veterans hand the baton to the new guards of Philippine theater.

Pinky Amador

This one-night only musical fittingly celebrates REP’s five decadesof developing Filipino talents and staging excellent productions from Broadway and the West End. Bart Guingona serves as over-all director and collaborates with segment directors Jaime del Mundo, Miguel Faustmann, Audie Gemora, Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, Raymond Lauchengco, Freddie Santos, and Michael Williams as well as musical director EjayYatco and writer Luna Inocian.

Mitch Valdes

Theater luminaries and stars including REP co-founder Baby Barredo, REP Artistic Director Joy Virata, Monique Wilson, Franco Laurel, Sheila Francisco, Markki Stroem, Morisette Amon, Pinky Amador, Mitch Valdes, Ayam Barredo-Eckstein, Cara Barredo, Leo Martinez, Cocoy Laurel, EJ Villacorta and many more gather to #ComeHomeToREP.

Joy Virata

REP: 50 Years of Telling Stories proves that the theater company will continue to stage the best productions and develop more Filipino talents for years and years to come.

Monique Wilson

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