Sunday, February 9, 2014

Toilet: The Musical

If you are going to ask me what part of my school life is the most memorable, my answer would be my four years in high school. In those years, I started to mature and build my own personality. I somewhat gained my freedom, in terms of going out with friends, but not financially. Haha. In high school, I started to decide on my own, though sometimes, I mean most of the time, I still ask for my parents’ advices. During those years, I made the greatest mistake I’ve ever done (so far), fell in love and fell out of love (twice!), had my first “serious” relationship, gained and lost friends, and experienced my other “first’s”.

Many of us consider high school to be the epitome of shallow problems, pimples, crushes, and popularity, as well as a vast collection of other hormone-driven dilemmas. This, of course, is just the stuff spoken of in the outside world– in the privacy of one’s own thoughts; however, is where deeper and darker problems are kept secret.

In line with blueREP’s 22nd theme, “Magkano Mabuhay?”, Ateneo Blue Repertory, the foremost college musical theatre organization of the Ateneo de Manila University, closes the season with the highly anticipated original production, Toilet: The Musical

Toilet: The Musical is a story about the inevitable painful experiences one must go through in high school in order to ‘grow up’.

Am I doing the right thing?

Am I ready?

Where do I go from here?

Questions that all uncertain adolescents seem to know too well, especially when life seems like it’s being flushed down the drain.

This is the theme of Ateneo Blue Repertory’s new original musical, Toilet: The Musical.

Toilet: The Musical leads its audience on a journey into the lives of eight seemingly ordinary students, each with a story to share and a secret to disclose within the cold confines of the toilet walls. It discourses upon grim territory close to home – suicide, unrequited love, religious disparity, bulimia, sexuality, and fear of what the future holds - yet never forgetting to show the light at the end of the tunnel, and the struggle to remember that there are no real endings, just new beginnings.

Back from the World Championship of the Performing Arts with three silver medals and one gold, up-and-coming musical director and blueREP alumnus, Ejay Yatco, returns with Toilet: The Musical, an original production that is set to be the most talked-about show of the year. 

Getting to know the people behind this musical...

Ejay Yatco is nominated by Broadway World Philippines as the best Musical Director for Sa Wakas: The Sugarfree Musical, blueREP’s Spring Awakening, Company Call and Little Shop of Horrors, and a vocal coach of 13 The Musical.

Bym Buhain is a cast member of 4th Wall’s Rivalry: The Ateneo-La Salle Musical and Repertory Philippines’ Seussical. He is also a head stage manager of Sa Wakas: The Sugarfree Musical.

Jim Ferrer is a choreographer, asst. Director and cast of Company Call: blueREP at 20. He is also a choreographer of Ateneo Blue Repertory’s Rock and Rule, Black Prom and Summer Camp.

Miyo Sta. Maria is a Loyola Schools Awardee for the Arts for Playwriting and Lighting Design. He also become the lighting designer for blueREP’s 13 the Musical, Little Shop of Horrors, Company Call, Upstart Productions’ Breakup and Breakdowns and PoleCats Stellar Year 3.

Trency Cagaan-an became part of Dulaang UP’s Mary Stuart and Tanghalang Pilipino’s Virgin Lab Fest, a graduate from the Philippine School of Interior Design with honors. He is also the set designer for blueREP’s Spring Awakening.

Toilet: The Musical will run on:

Feb 12-14 8PM

Feb 15 3PM & 8PM

Feb 19-21 8PM

Feb 22 3PM & 8PM

Feb 26-28 8PM

March 1 3PM & 8PM

at Gonzaga Exhibit Hall in Ateneo de Manila University.

For ticket inquiries and reservations,
contact Poppy Merilleno at 0917-878-2239.

For more information, you can check their official Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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