Tween star BJ Forbes is Don Juan, in the Gantimpala Thearer classic, “Ibong Adarna,” under the direction of Roobak Valle and written by Ed Maranan.
In this korido made into a play, Forbes is the youngest don from the royal family of Berbania, Billy Parjan as Haring Fernando and Heidi Arima as Reyna Valeriana are his parents. The two elder dons are Gerry Oliva as Don Pedro and Noel Escondo and Kristian Chua as Don Diego.
Sharlene Rivera plays Maria Blanca, BJ’s love interest.
Rounding up the cast are Ellerica Laguardia, CJ Mangahis as Juana, Abel Napuran as Haring Salermo, Joey de Guzman as Ermitanyo and Matthew Manalaysay as the Ibong Adarna, a magical bird with a very long fancy tail, that changes into seven colors, ruby red, sunset orange, peach yellow, emerald green, satin blue, velvet violet, and deep indigo, who sings while these color changes occur and the songs cure all physical afflictions.
“I’m very excited,” Forbes’ eyes light up with the mention of performance time. “This is my first play with Gantimpala Theater. I feel I am making history here. Imagine, first time to audition with them, I passed. Now, we are rehearsing. Soon, we will be in performing in different venues, and they are big venues so, that means more people will get to watch us, just that thought, it pumps my adrenaline. I hope every body will give their love to our play.”
Performances are slated on September 27-28 (9am/12nn/3pm) at the AFP Theater, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, October 4 (11am/2pm), SM Southnall Cinema 3, Las Piñas City and October 11 and 12 (9am/12nn/3pm) Star Theater, Star City, Pasay City.
Valle’s artistic and production team include Andy Villareal (Lighting Designer),
Ronald Santos (choreographer), Charyl de Guzman (production manager) and Joey David (stage manager). Joel Lamangan is the new artistic director.
For tickets, block buying and sponsorships, call
the Gantimpala Marketing Office at (63 2) 998-5622 or (63 2) 872-0261.
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