We’re getting ready to do this timeless musical featuring performers from the Rude Mechanicals Theater Company, the Mini Mechs and the Tuloy Theater! This very special show will benefit the Tuloy sa Don Bosco Streetchildren’s Foundation. It’s going to be epic! Sponsor and show buyer inquiries welcome!
“Once on this Island” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theater International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. http://www.MTIShows.com
Summer is officially over and much is to be missed about it!
Last May 14th, the culminating program of our “Class Act” summer workshop was held at the Culinary School of Tuloy sa Don Bosco, Alabang. The program was divided into three performances – the Juniors (“The Captain and the Cat Adventures to Dimension X” by D.M Larson), the Seniors (The Internet is Distract… Oh Look a Kitten!” by Ian McWethy) and the Tuloy cast (“Ang Alamat ng Lamok” by Severino Reyes and Christine Belen).
In the spirit of true Shakespearean staging and giving pride to their teachers and mentors, this year’s mix of workshoppers showed ability and professionalism in putting together their shows without an actual stage, without lapel mics, without lighting design and with minimal props. They truly held their own, these young actors.
The Junior girls were eager to take on the spotlight and immediately learned lessons on stillness, vocal projection, directness and truth, energy, engaging a crowd, blocking themselves, favoring the audience, and determining a given role’s character and execution.
The Seniors, dealing with a comedic and most relevant material (about social media), had to work extra hard on clarity of speech (enunciation and rhythm in the delivery of lines), not dropping their last syllables, maximizing punchlines and ending strong, differentiating sense and hilarity, building character away from one’s own personality, and timing.
The Tuloy kids, having been consistent in taking classes with us, continuously strive in building their confidence, focus, creativity in improvisation as leads and ensemble players, energy exchange, respect for co-actors, and teamwork.
Many lessons are to be learned in theater and we are confident that these are lessons that the kids will take home and find useful even long after the summer season. Not to mention being able to take home precious memories of face painting, yoga poses, and even a visit from the touring Manila cast of “Les Miserables” during one session.
Weekly Saturday classes will resume in July. Check the Rude Mechanicals Facebook page for further announcements.
We spent some time with the students of Pamantasan ng Muntinlupa last March 31 to present “Why William?”, a little lecture and demonstration on why we study Shakespeare. We presented scenes and speeches from a couple of our favorite shows and presented some of the kids from our Tuloy Theater class doing a scene from a Filipino translation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”! We’re so proud of them…we gave them the scene on a Tuesday and by Thursday they had it (mostly) committed to memory and are now itching to do the full-length show!
Props to our audience for a lively Q and A session afterwards…it was briefly interrupted by a power failure but questions continued in the dark and well after the power came back on! They were also so game to read a sonnet with us and to play our “Shakespeare or not Shakespeare” mini game.
If you want “Why William” or one of our full-length Shakespeare productions to visit your school, let us know!
Looking for something great to do this summer? Come and join us! Proceeds of the Class Act Summer Workshop go to the Tuloy sa Don Bosco Performing Arts fund which helps to train underprivileged, deserving young artists!
Every Saturday, a group of young people get together as part of our Year-Round Theater Class. They do acting and improv exercises, devise scenes and read scripts. It’s a great way to unwind and let loose after a long week at school, and an alternative way to learn and practice skills such as quick-thinking, team work, vocal projection and maintaining focus. It’s also a LOT of fun! They are our Mini-Mechs! Wanna be a Mini-Mech too? Come and join us at Tuloy sa Don Bosco Streetchildren’s Foundation. Saturdays 2-5PM. For rates and registration info, send us a message! You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.