Costanilla: Zarzuela time-A A +A
Sunday, August 18, 2013
ZARZUELA. Aside from tourism, the performing arts is also close to our heart and we have been harping on the need for local producers, writers and directors to come up with stage plays that would tap our homegrown stars and give them the opportunity to shine onstage. In fact, we have been calling on campus-based theater guilds here to rise up to the challenge but we have gotten negative responses from them. This is understandable on their part because putting up stage plays entails a gargantuan sum, on top of a lot of physical and mental investments in order to present them to the viewing public. So we rejoiced upon learning that a zarzuela is being prepared for presentation two weeks from now at the St. Theresa’s College (STC) auditorium. It’s like the much-awaited rain after a long drought.
Cebuano. What’s so exciting is the fact that the zarzuela, titled Dalagang Bukid and originally in Tagalog, will be presented in Cebuano. The use of the dialect would make the zarzuela easily understood by the Cebuano audience. To us, this is a very commendable and wise move so that the message and essence of the presentation would be clearly emphasized. We trust that director, Delia Villacastin, a veteran in her field, could deliver the goods with perfection and excellence.
Stars. We gathered that Dalagang Bukid was first staged 96 years ago in Manila, so that its staging here two weeks from now would allow all of us to appreciate the beauty and magic of what is being billed as the most popular Filipino zarzuela. The three main stars are Malaya Macaraeg, Jake Maningo and Kris Jordan Seville. They and the rest of the actors are all set to portray their respective roles under Villacastin’s able guidance.
Lessons. We also know that Dalagang Bukid showcases some valuable lessons that the general public could learn a lot from. The fight against gambling, usury and colonial mentality and the focus on righteousness, trust, deep love of family and respect for elders are also highlighted in this zarzuela. So come Aug. 28-31, let us all watch Dalagang Bukid, which is actually part of STC’s 80 years as a learning institution.
Hope. We also hope that after this zarzuela, another one would surface. We reiterate our challenge to campus-based theater guilds to come up with stage plays that are not necessarily super or mega productions so that they do not become a budget headache.
We also encourage college or university administrators to support those guilds. We see it as one surefire way of promoting and solidifying school-student relationship.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 19, 2013.