Lab Teatro of the University of Cebu Senior High Arts and Design Strand

THE University of Cebu (UC) Main senior high school arts and design students will present a plethora of plays featuring four one-act plays and two dance musicals as this year’s offering for Lab Teatro.

Two sets of performances are slated and spread in two weekends--the first will be “Ang Pagbuklad ug Ang Pagdayun,” which will feature “Ritwal sa Unang Bunyag (a translation of Glenn Sevilla Mas’ Rite of Passage),” “Ang Kaguol sa mga Rayna (a translation of Floy Quintos’ Kalungkutan ng mga Reyna)” and “Garuga Floribunda (an original dance musical).” On the second weekend is “Mujer, Mujer!” featuring “Three Sisters: Isang Noh” written by Yoji Sakate, “The Surge” written by Emmanuel Jones Mante and “Abtanan sa Naga” (an original dance musical).

The two original dance musicals, which were researched and developed into dance scenarios by the students, use a dramaturgical concept of reactivating the past through Cebu’s site histories, genealogies and spaces of trauma by blending it with myth and fantasy hence, making it a “mythogeographical” performance.

Lab Teatro is an academic theatre-education program exclusively designed for the senior high school–arts and design at the UC that will provide a creative space for young and aspiring theatre practitioners. This is the venue where students apply their learnings in theatre production that involves writing, designing, directing, performing, crewing and business management. This is also a prerequisite to the arts and design apprenticeship and immersion program, which will happen on the second semester.

These creative outputs are under the mentorship of Emman Mante with the extended mentorshipof Alfie Mosqueda, Rachel Vasaya, Luis Dungog, Allan Inoc, Crisanto Etorma, Marvin Paracuelles, Ronyel Compra and UC’s students cultural services director Rudy Aviles.

The performances will take place on Sept. 26 to 29 and Oct. 3 to 6 with shows at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays; 9:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays; and 9:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. on Sundays at the AVR-Kalubihan, Doña Alicia Gotianuy Building located at the UC Main campus.

Three Sisters: Isang Noh

Set in Japan during the Second World War, “Three Sisters” tells a chilling tale of love, war, death, and how they weave into each other to create a story that transcends time.

Three Sisters: Isang Noh

Written by Yoji Sakate

Yoji Sakate gives new life to Anton Chekhov’s “Three Sisters” by turning it into a contemporary Noh play. Yoji Sakate’s version has then been translated by Rody Vera to Filipino and now translated to Cebuano for Lab Teatro’s launching.

Ang kaguol sa mga rayna

Written by Floy Quintos

The use of hair and beauty, as juxtaposed in the play metaphor, is an indication of a leader’s reflecting image peeped in for society’s change and change in other people’s perceptions on self-serving corrupt officials. To achieve absolute transformation, an official examines and even hires stylists for radical replacement on its physical aspect, particularly the hair, coupled with appropriate and digested well-mannered gestures and postures.

Ritwal sa unang bunyag

The play is set in a quiet barrio in Bantayan Island. It begins the first scene with a painful ritual that marks the transition of the protagonist, Isoy, from a child into a young man. The story highlights the pubescent years of the main character, Isoy, a 15-year-old boy that lives with his aunt Manding Susing who made him stop attending school.

Written by Glenn Sevilla Mas

Rite of Passage: Sa Pagtubu kang Tahud (Upon the Growing of the Spur) is an adaptation of a Kinaray-a short story by Maria Milagros Geremia Lachica. This play is written by Mr. Glenn Sevilla Mas, a moderator and artistic director of Tanghalang Ateneo.


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