Ampalaya the Musical will be staged on July 15 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo
of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).
The musical is based on “Alamat ng Ampalaya” (The Legend of Ampalaya),
an award-winning book written by Augie Rivera Jr. The matinee will be at
3 p.m. and gala at 8 p.m., and ticket prices range from Php 300-5,000 depending
Ampalaya had a 10-show run last September 2014 and a comeback last
July 3, 4, 5, and 6 at the Luce Auditorium. The show run in Manila is organized by
the Cultural Affairs Committee (CAC).
“This is a big opportunity because Dumaguete’s unique culture and arts will be
presented to a whole different place [Manila], which is a good thing. It’s like telling
them that we exist,” said Mary Anne Ortiz, the lead actor of the musical.
The musical is directed by Dessa Quesada-Palm of the Philippine Educational Theater Association,
with original music by guitarist Michael Dadap, who has set the music using
the Orchestra Sin Arco, choreography by Angelo Sayson, and musical direction
by Dr. Elizabeth Susan Vista-Suarez.
According to Ortiz, this year’s Ampalaya is musically “tighter,” because Maestro
Dadap will conduct the orchestra.
“Ampalaya the Musical is basically a way of telling children and adults to eat vegetables,
and that good nutrition is essential to our bodies,” said Ortiz.
Ortiz said that the musical characters also represent people.
“Like Ampalaya, we are sometimes jealous of others, abandoned, rejected and
longing for a sense of belongingness; like Kamatis, we are vulnerable and scared;
like Siling Labuyo, we are impatient and hot-tempered, and the list goes on. But at the end of the day, there will always be
someone who will forgive, accept, and love us for who we are. That is when we
will be transformed and renewed,” Ortiz added.
By: Andrea Dawn E. Boycillo