Creative Musical Theater

The first three months of 2016 have been really busy and tiring, but I’m not complaining! In case you were wondering what I have been up to these past few months, well, I just finished performing for a musical last week!

If you’ve been reading my blog for several years already, you know that it’s always been my dream to perform in a musical. I love watching musicals and I’ve always wanted to be a part of those productions, but it seemed impossible because I have minimal experience when it comes to performing onstage. I like to sing but that’s it; I never really received formal training in singing for musical theater, as well as in acting and dancing.

However, last December, I decided that I wanted to chase my dream and try learning the basics. I tried my luck in Philippine Educational Theater Association’s (PETA) Creative Musical Theater (CMT) workshop. Actually, my original course was Theater Arts, which is a basic course for beginner actors. I really wanted to try the CMT workshop but I was intimidated by the course description, which made it seem that the workshop is only meant for professional actors with extensive musical background. But during my interview, the interviewer recommended the CMT course, which seemed more suited to my interests and experience. I was a bit hesitant to push through with it but decided to audition for it anyway. After the talent test, I was told that I was admitted to the program. So, there’s no turning back.

Fast forward to 8 weeks, and I found myself performing in an all-original musical that my classmates and I created for the workshop’s final showcase. I am so proud of what we have achieved because we made the story, and all the songs, by ourselves (with the help of our awesome facilitators of course). The musical is about common occurrences during the Philippine election season and I think it’s a very timely and socially relevant show because in two months, the Philippines will be holding the next general elections. I’m so glad that our guests loved our show and we really enjoyed ourselves because we could feel their excitement while we were performing. I wish we could perform it again!

A short video where you can find snippets of our rehearsals, the actual show, and some behind-the-scenes footage before our performance πŸ˜›

For non-Filipino speakers: One of the first scenes in the musical, which portrays a senatorial candidate shooting a campaign ad in Payatas, a dumpsite community in Metro Manila. He only has one line but couldn’t deliver it perfectly even after so many takes, much to the dismayΒ of the production crew. The writer and the producer fight over the fact that they accepted this project from a corrupt politician, but the producer nervously defends him (though she knows it’s wrong) just because they’re being paid PHP200M (USD4M+) to do this, and this amount of money will do wonders for their fledgling advertising/production business.

Though I had reservations at first, I’m glad I took the risk and enrolled in CMT. I discovered so much about myself and about theater, and I was able to do things that I never thought I could do. Most of all, I gained great friends who share the same love for performing, and for that I will forever be grateful.

I know that I still have so much to learn about musical theater but with everything I learned from this workshop, I am definitely more comfortable performing in front of people and stepping out of my comfort zone. If given the chance, I would definitely study more about acting and perform in a musical again!

17 Comments

  1. Being busy is good in a way that you’re getting things done! Congratulations on getting into PETA CMT! It sounds like you’re having lots of fun in the musical and performing! It’s amazing to be around people who are interested in the same things as you, and even more to work together as a team! Hopefully you’ll continue sprouting your wings in the theatre world! πŸ˜‰

  2. Oh, wow, what a wonderful opportunity! I’m glad you are pursuing what you’ve always wanted to do. πŸ˜€ Musicals are really not my thing (oddly enough), but I know it’s something a lot of people like. I give you mad kudos for being in one, too!

    1. Lol, I know what you mean about not being into musicals. I used to think the same way too, but being in one changed it all for me. Haha! πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for the encouragement Tara! πŸ™‚

  3. Omg! Im happy that you are now chasing your dream! Good job! We only live here once so we must do what we want and not regret everything! Tbh, i haven’t seen a musical and I wonder what it looks like in live.

  4. Ugh, this was so enlightening for me! I love performing arts, I used to perform in every play that I could possibly act in at school. But since exams took over my life, I hadn’t been able to get back into it since. It was definitely the most memorable and I felt like I was myself most when I was up on stage. Performing a musical would be a dream for me but I suck at singing hahaha, I’m glad you finally went for what you wanted! <3

    1. Wow, I didn’t know you were into theater acting too. That is so awesome! I hope you get to perform onstage again, it does give a different kind of high when you’re doing it <3

  5. That’s so great that you achieved one of your dreams! I’m glad you put yourself out there and auditioned πŸ™‚ That’s amazing that you performed in an original musical that you and your classmates created. I’m glad you had such a good experience and opportunity! I’ve never performed on stage for a musical, but I used to play violin in the pit for our school’s musical performances. I hope you’ll be able to do this again!

    1. Thank you Cat! I think auditioning and putting myself out there was a good decision too, otherwise I wouldn’t be able to experience all of this πŸ˜€

      Wow, you were in an orchestra for a musical? That is so cool! If I could play an instrument I would try that as well, but I suck at playing instruments. Hahaha! Great job! πŸ™‚

  6. This is so awesome! I love that not only were you able to do something you’ve always wanted to do, but that it’s an original musical that you helped create. I bet it was even more gratifying to perform! It’s always hard to step out of your comfort zone at first, but now you are so much more comfortable performing and can do more in the future! The only performances I did I was in the crew. I liked being backstage and helping without having to be out in front. πŸ™‚

  7. That is an awesome achievement! Sometimes you do have to go outside of your box and just trust that everything will work out which it looked like it did! I am so proud of you for doing so and it looks like you have enjoyed it as well. What an amazing experience and a good way to broaden your horizons! I hope you decide to keep with it!!

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