Thursday, September 16, 2021

Young Thespians of Cebu launches online concert, theater recital amid pandemic

THE Young Thespians of Cebu (YTC), an independent theater group based in Cebu City, will culminate its musical theater workshop through an online concert titled “The World Will Know: An Online Musical Theater Concert.” This performance will be live-streamed on the YTC Facebook page while the cast will attend live on Zoom at 8 p.m. on Aug. 28, 2021. The recital dates for two other workshops, the Shakespeare performance and the children’s theater, will be aired on the YTC Facebook page on Aug. 29 to 31, 2021.

The musical theater workshop is mentored by Jeconiah Retulla and Emmanuel Mante, graduates from the University of the Philippines-Diliman in their respective fields. Meanwhile, the children’s theater workshop is mentored by Everild Catugal. All workshops are conducted through online meetings via Zoom. YTC theater workshops happen annually during summer breaks to further develop the talents and skills of budding Cebuano thespians amid this pandemic.

On another level, the workshops held online made it possible for students from all over the world to participate. Asked about his first experience doing online theater, Luis Moro IV, a student currently based in the United States, said: “I honestly didn’t think the online platform would work in the beginning. But as we went through each session, I couldn’t think of a more fun and enlightening way to spend my time.”

The 19 students who participated in the musical theater concert and the Shakespeare performance workshop are: Adrienne Ng, Aliyah Felicilda, Chloe Tagalog, Chloe Cruz, Christoffer Hoiseth, Chuzen Archua, Czyril Cabahug, Dominique Camocamo, Glenn O’Brien Ogapong, Hannah Gonzaga, Jan Aballe, Keziah Mar-Borres, Luis Moro IV, Maia Lavadia, Margaret Tan, Rajah Sungahid, Thea Camocamo, Vince Tabaloc and Agatha Enecio. Lastly, the four students who participated in the children’s theater workshop are: Ledzyn Padua, Chezca Lim, Julia Calustre and Dionne Galarido. The students’ online performances are edited by Rajah Sungahid and Mar Villacarlos.

Since its establishment in 2010, the Young Thespians of Cebu has been enriching aspiring performers’ minds and showmanship through creative and interactive theater workshops. Even with the obstacles faced by all artists during the pandemic, YTC looks forward to sustaining more projects in the future. SPONSORED CONTENT


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