Pampanga theater show premiers in US this May

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Monday, April 9, 2012


STA. RITA -- Homegrown Kapampangan performing arts group Arti.Sta Rita’s theater production entitled “Mikit Tamu King Milabas” (Romancing the Past) will premier in the United States this May.

Arti.Sta Rita creative director Andy Alviz told Sun.Star Pampanga that the event is the second US tour of the group and was made possible through Serendipity Hype Productions owned by Filipino expatriate Peter Marcelo.

Alviz said their group is now embarking on long practice hours to prepare for the upcoming shows in the US. Arti.Sta Rita is the local theater group organized by Miss Saigon choreographer, Alviz.

The group is composed of volunteer artists, singers and performers coming from the different sectors of the town.

The group’s membership practically mans all aspects of the group’s theater productions. The group promotes Kapampangan culture and traditions through songs and theater performances.

It has produced albums of Kapampangan songs and has staged performances at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and toured the United States to bring their shows to Kapampangan communities there.

The group’s show premiers in Los Angeles on Saturday, May 5, 2012, 6 p.m. at the Bovard Auditorium, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California.

Other shows are at the Birch North Park Theatre, San Diego, California on May 12; South San Francisco High School Auditorium, South San Francisco on May 19; Tribeca Performing Arts Center, New York City, New York on May 26; and a final stint at the Saint Anthony Catholic School Gymnasium, Tamuning, Guam on June 2.

Alviz and his group Arti.Sta Rita are also credited for starting the Duman Festival in 2002 in Sta. Rita town, which originated from the long-standing tradition of pounding and winnowing unripe glutinous rice (lacatan) and turned into a light pale gold or green delicacy called “duman.”

The festival has attracted a large tourist following each year during December.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on April 10, 2012.

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