Gantimpala Theater Announces 35th Season Audition
About the Event
Gantimpala Theater, one of the countries leading dramatic arts companies, marks its 35th season this June.
In an industry where only the most dedicated, most passionate and most professional, Gantimpala stands out, for having the daring to produce original Filipino plays since the presentation of their initial salvo, Bonifacio Ilagan’s Katipunan Mga Anak ng Bayan at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).
For more than three decades, theater loving Filipinos have watched and enjoyed the company’s productions. During its reign as one of the original artistic companies of the CCP, it gave life to “untried and untested plays” which were play writing contest winners of the premiere arts and culture institution.
When it became an independent theater foundation, plays based on the Philippines’ cultural and literary heritage unfold on stage - the corrido Ibong Adarna, the beauty of spoken Tagalog poetry in Florante at Laura, Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo, novels of national hero Dr. Jose Rizal, plays and short stories written by our National Artists for Theater and Literature, and original Filipino musicals written by today’s playwrights based on well-known fairy tales and Philippine folklore.
Tony Espejo, Artistic Director reminisces: “When we were still at the CCP during the days of Bulwagang Gantimpala, I was to go out for lunch when a utility man approached me, an elderly guy mopping the floor. He said, ‘Mr. Espejo congratulations at salamat po.’ I asked him why. He replied, ‘kasi lagi po akong nanood ng mga plays ninyo lalo na pag historical, kasi hindi po ako nakapag-aral so kapag gusto ko pong matuto, lagi po akong nanonood ng mga productions ninyo. That really touched me.”
He continues, “It amazes me that the effects of the plays are multiplied ten folds. Until today, there are bank tellers, who when I present my pass book, recognize me and inform me that they have seen the Four Classics, or just the other day, when I was doing my early morning jog, a man went out of his car, approached me, and thanked me. He recently saw my picture in one of the papers and said to me that in high school, he saw all our plays. And now, it is his son who watches them. These recollections make me smile because they are affirmations that, we at Gantimpala Theater must be doing something good.”
Another “good news” from the company, its recently concluded summer workshop had 27 attendees that includes mainstream TV star and commercial model Ivan Dorschner.
To continue with this “tradition of doing good,” Gantimpala Theater announces its one-day-only-audition on June 11, Monday, 2-6pm, at the Rehearsal Hall, Open Air Auditorium Building, located inside the historical Rizal Park.
The audition is open to all professional and non-professional actors, ages-18-years old and above. Those who are interested must bring a 2 x 2 photo and resume.