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Upstage 2014 programme


Since watching the hit musical , “Wicked” at the CCP theater in March of this year, my 15 year old daughter , Gabrielle had become fascinated with  theatre arts.  After searching through all available theatre workshops on the web, we decided that Dulaang UP’s summer theatre workshop, Upstage 2014, is the perfect fit for her.


Since it is only offered once a year, we dropped everything, including her much anticipated voice lessons at the UP College of Music , and her dentist’s appointments, in order to be part of this program.


“Doon Po Sa Amin”

Gabrielle in "Doon Po sa Amin"

Gabrielle in “Doon Po sa Amin”

This year’s 17 session workshop includes introduction to theatre, acting , voice for the theatre, movement, props-making, puppetry, and technical theatre. The  41 (estimated) workshop participants include successful applicants to the Certificate in Theater Arts program for 2014, and theatre enthusiasts, including kids above 10 years old. Instructors include UP faculty and guest theatre artists.

"Palanca In My Mind"

“Palanca In My Mind”

The workshop required full commitment from the participant , as it involves late nights and physically and emotionally demanding rehearsals.

"Mga Santong Tao"

“Mga Santong Tao”

On May 16, 2014 , Upstage 2014  held its  final showcase  at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater at UP Diliman.  Under the artistic supervision of Dr. Alexander Cortez, it featured segments from Rene Villanueva’s  “Ang Mahiwagang Ibong Adarna”, an adaptation of Thorton Wilder’s  “Our Town”, “Doon Po Sa Amin”,  Job Pagsibigan’s “Palanca In My Mind”, and  Tomas Remigio’s  “Mga Santong Tao”, and dance numbers from the musical hit-comedy Hairspray’s “You Can’t Stop the Beat” and “Nicest Kids in Town” , and Pink’s “Try” .

Pink's "Try"

Pink’s “Try”



“Nicest Kids in Town”


“Nicest Kids in Town”

The show is capped off by the awarding of certificates to workshop completers.

Prof. Alexander Cortez, PhD with workshop participants

Prof. Alexander Cortez, PhD , Artistic Director, Dulaang UP, with workshop participants

Both Gabrielle’s hard work and my nightly hour-long waits  at the parking lot in front of Palma Hall, waiting for rehearsals to end, paid off big time.  Gabrielle’s excitement and  that  big smile on her face at curtain call gave away the fact that we made the right decision to pour all our energy and patience into this summer workshop. Gabrielle –  that shy, soft spoken girl who had numerous inhibitions ranging from riding a carousel to dancing and singing in public, had broken out of her shell.

For more information on Dulaang UP’s summer theatre workshops, visit  https://www.facebook.com/DulaangUnibersidadNgPilipinas   , contact them at 9261349 or inquire at the Dulaang UP office, Palma Hall 136 , UP Diliman .


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