PETA Raps Like FrancisM.
By Evo Joel Contrivida
After PETA “twerk” theater enthusiasts with the songs of Aegis in the smash musical Rak of Aegis, the company will try to duplicate its box-office triumph in the upcoming production of 3 Stars and a Sun, a narration of songs popularized by the master rapper Francis M.
Come February 4, 2016, Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA), will close its 48th season with a new original Filipino Musical entitled 3 Stars and a Sun. It will feature the music of the late Pinoy Rap Legend, Francis Magalona. Twenty of his hits songs will be used for this dystopian ala futuristic Philippines. This is a follow up after the highly successful run of Rak of Aegis.
The story will evolve with two group of young gangsters to be known from Lumino City and Diliman City, their petty war will spark more issues that Pinasland should be resolve. The set is 70 years from now wherein the country is under a storm and people need to be in a high tech storm shelter. Politics will play a major role in addressing different issues, but PETA assured that it will be an outstanding comedy musicale.
Theater veteran Nor Domingo will direct 3 Stars and a Sun, and he admitted that it will be one of his challenging direction to date due to the content of being in the future. The production will digest everything on how it will be presented the way they are educating the new generations, and not just re-introducing the music of FrancisM.
“We are not gonna give answer with this musical, but we just want to inspire kids to take a step out to a new direction,and take a step out for a change.” Domingo said. The musical is written by young playwright Mixcaela Villalon and Rody Vera, who claimed that it was inspired somehow by popular books made into films, such as The Hunger Games and Divergent, but of course, it is 100%of Filipino touch.
Leading the cast are Paolo Valenciano, Gio Gahol, Nicco Manalo, Gold Villar, Che Ramos-Cosio and Carla Guevara-Laforteza. Bodjie Pascua, Raffy Tejada, GianninaOcampo, Justine Pena, Anna Luna, Jet Barrun, John Moran, Nar Cabico, Lee Villoria, Ej Pepito, Anj Heruela, Gab Pangilinan, Jef Flores and Norbs Portales complete the cast.
Award winning Musical director Myke Solomon arranged songs for 3 Stars and a Sun, he was also the man responsible behind the musical arrangement for Rak of Aegis. Production design is by Gino Gonzales, lighting design by Shoko Matsumoto and Ian Torqueza, sound design by Teresa Barrozo and choreography by Delphine Buencamino.
Among the popular songs of Francis M.to be featured are “Mga Kababayan Ko,” “Kaleidoscope World,”“Cold Summer Nights,” “Man From Manila,”“Ito Ang Gusto Ko,” “Meron Akong Ano” and a lot more. 3 Stars and a Sunstarts in February 4 and will last until March 6, only at PETA Theater in Quezon City. For inquiries and tickets you may call Tel.nos. (02)725-6244or visit petatheater.com .