Saturday, March 22, 2008

My Wanted: A Chaperone Experience

Let me start by thanking all the thespians, stage crew, production staff,
Sir Michael Naidas and Ma'am Oliveth Tolentino for giving me a chance to
work with you guys.


It all started when i went to AUP last December 13, 2007, Umatend ng meetings
ng CAST GRADUATING CLASS and SENIORS GRADUATING CLASS.. (If you're going to
ask me if i'm graduating?? i really would love to but i'm still hanging up there)
I was with Aiz (Aizza Firmante) and Babi(Janeth Bacomo) sa finster's Hall when
Allan and Oden came nagyayaya sila sa English Room meron daw audition for parts
sa bagong play ni Ma'am OT.(the 3 of us me, allan pilarca and oden botabara were
former thespians in LES MISERABLES) Manonood lang sana kami ng auditions (to give
you a background that time i was connected with HSBC working there as an/a systems
engineer (not sure if its an or a hehehe)) So we went there all 5 of us. After that
meeting (Pilgrim's Progress p dapat yung play dati) (nde pla auditions hehehe) ma'am ot
called out people who were interested sa pagiging production staff / stage crew heads
so napaisip ako and stayed i first approached ate Love tinanung ko cya kng pwedeng
maging musical director (huwat?!? ni nde nga ako mrunong tumugtogng khit na anong
musical instrument at konti lang alam ko sa mga notes hehehe) tpos sabi nya mrunong
k bng magpiano? so natigilan ako sound effects pla dapat yung inaapplyan ko hehehe..
so madaming taong nandun applying sa mga gusto nilang pwesto. C Davo lumapit skin
sabi nya kung ano daw ang trabaho ng sound effects so sinabi ko kung anung mga gngwa
dun. nagustuhan nya naisip ko if aapplyan ko yung sound effects kawawa nman c davo
so i was thinking of a spot w/c i feel that i can fill in. 2 positions were left
the Assistant Director spot and the Stage Manager. Meron akong narinig na gustong mag
stage manager so sabi ko Assistant Director kaya ko b yun? sabay taas ng kamay then told
ate love if i can apply to be an assistant director she told me na i can be an Stage
Manager so i said to myself mas ok maging SM nde gnun khirap yung trabaho kesa sa AD.
i tried to look for Pilgrim's Progress na movie pero cartoons lang ang nakuha ko then gave
ma'am OT a copy of it before 2007 ended. January came i was quite busy sa work that i
had problems going to aup to help the play and things got worse for me. Nung nkbalik
ako sa aup i had fear na bka na stripped off na ko sa post ko na pagiging Stage Manager
regularly na ako naatend ng practices since i came back pero parang nde na ako SM
i was given a part for the play which gave me paranoia na nde na ako kasali sa production
staff (nagresign na ako sa HSBC that time kc ayaw nila na lumiban ako sa work if i need
to do things sa school(graduation stuff etc)) w/c i told my sponsors w/c made them ask me
kung pagppalit ko b yng work ko sa pag aact lng(nde nla ako susuportahan if i would act
lang). i told that to millie(that time she was our playwright and afterwards became
our student director kc ate Love stepped down kc graduating din cya) and jedd. So i
went back home na lang and try to redeem myself and a txt from millie changed everything,
papalitan daw yung play. i was so worried, january na papalitan pa yung play. I told
myself kahit na ano na lang mangyari even my sponsors wouldn't help me sasali/tutulong
ako sa play. I called Millie and discussed with her kung ano dapat gawin pati kung anong
mga dapat ayusin pero it was too late. Pagbalik ko sa AUP, Wanted: A Chaperone na yung
ipinalit na play. I availed a script read it and said to myself ok to mas maiksi mas maayos
cguro. Then Elton's friend (sorry forgot his name) came and had a workshop he asked kung cno yung SM so i raised my hand ang sabi ni Yshin ako daw yng yung Assistant Director so ismiled kc akala ko nawala na ako sa production staff thank God nde ako natangal. Elton's friend taught us about the technical script and advised us kung ano yng dapat gawin sa mg plays.that day pala ELI came he knew Wanted: A Chaperone nagrecording cla nun pla nung nag Phil Lit cya dti. Pinag audition namin cya for the part of FRANCISCO the muchacho and kinda got the job. C Krisha, c Rj(which i find serious tsaka mukhang suplado noon hehehe), c Mhadz, c Idda, C Jedd at ate Gineth yung mga nag audition noon. As the days pass by dumadami na ulet yung mga tao na meet ko yung mga PR people (kim, melai,sheena tsaka c dette) yung mga costume (cyempre kilala ko n c imang c ate desiree c melay, c noime(kilala ko na noon)) yung make up (c mildred, pti c jerrelyn na super absent minded) yung mga props (c raymnd c dex c meynard c don c josel c davis, c kuya su-ay, c lovely, c jovy, c lai pti yung mga nklimutan ko sori.) lights (racky(super kulit),fred,ephraim,erwin,guido) music n sounds (jayvien, davo, davis pti c ronnel) tickets n tshirt (jedilen, liezl, cj, alex and sean)
mga thespians (david,rachelle,aiz,babi n jeriel) tpos yung mga humabol (natalia gladis and
michelle) nakakatuwang nakakainis yung mga practice. Ang iingay ng ibng stage crew tumatakas kung uuwi na cla, magttnung kung may practice even if alam nman nilang meron. Had a couple of troubles sa mga thespians na naayos din naman agad. Last Last week nung nagpractice kami sa finster nung nakita kong nakakatawa at medyo mgnda na sabi ko sa sarili ko it is ON! !! Naalala ko din nung ayaw ni elton nung ticket hehehe pati yung 75 pesos. Me mga gusto 35 na lang yung ticket, (grabe uminit ulo ko nun prang gnun b tingin nyo sa mga sarili nyo 35 pesos... ) buti n lng nging 50 pesos kung nde puro tayo utang. hehehe.. back to my experiences. Nung playdate na last saturday i was so nervous kc ni nde kmi nkpag run through before 7pm pero God is always good to us we pulled through. People were really laughing and that really made me somewhat happy. 2 shows down 2 to go i said to myself nung sunday naman it was really great. mas maganda the only thing i dont like na nangyri eh may nakukuhang reception ng LOVE RADIO dun sa Lapel ni Racky tsaka nkakainis kc nag sstatic yng mga headset/lapel nmin nde kmi msydo nagkakarinigan nina yhsin at racky.After nga pla nung mga shows people were talking about it at marami yung nagsasabing CHE! We had complications din with avr and finster's Hall anywei kasama nman lagi yun. MayChe! perones celebration and victory party nga pla kami this march 17 so nde pa tposyung wanted a chaperone experience ko. Thank you guys for everything. CHE!!!