Earlier today, it hit me that we only had 7 days until Peter Pan takes flight. Actually, make that 3, until we have an actual audience for the Meralco Preview. As in everything you work hard for (and in everything you can potentially fail at or *F up), you feel the jitters down your spine, up your nose, on your sides, in your fingers, EVERYWHERE.
Thus, the slight PAN-ic attack. Yes, the Peter PUN was totally intended. Ha-ha.
Anyway! Without having to pre-empt the show or clue you in too much on the details, allow me to share some of the press photos and rehearsal snapshots (taken weeks ago).
(Repertory Philippines’ PETER PAN stars Sam Concepcion.)
Promo tactics-aside, I must say that Sam is an absolute delight to watch on stage. He’s a complete goof ball backstage, a fire ball onstage and pretty much a ball of energy everywhere else, simply filling the Meralco air with his magic and charm. Opposite Sam is the spitfire, quick-witted, IPAD & Yoga-expert—the sought-after theater veteran, Michael Williams, playing the role of Captain Hook. Watching them battle it out, attack and parry, and listening to their banter never fails to inspire me… to make the show (even in the littlest/minutest way possible) an even better one.
(Photo Credits: Jojit Lorenzo)
Peter Pan marks a very special time in my life—a time of epiphanies and experiences which have “turned my life around” in many ways. When I started rehearsing for this play, I was in a bit of a rut—a longstanding war with myself and my ego. I was swimming in self-pity, doubt and insecurity. Not to say that I don’t swim in the same pool nowadays. That pool still exists, but I’ve decided to get up that ladder, and try diving off the board.
I must say that being in this play, being surrounded by such an awe-inspiring cast and amidst fiercely talented individuals has pushed me to get my act together, and get over myself and whatever excuses and insecurities I’d long been hiding behind.
(The Lost Boys)
As in this book I recently finished (Barry Pineo’s Acting That Matters), actors are there to tell a story. Actors should realize that in order to allow the story to unfold, they must first realize that theater has never been and should never be about them. Theater is about the story, the story to tell, with each and everyone in the cast pitching in and driving it.
(Alessa Zialcita, Tippy Dos Santos and Kakki Teodoro)
I can’t say it enough but I feel absolutely privileged and blessed to have been cast for this play. Despite the initial dilemma I had (Peter Pan or Sound of Music?), I am thankful for all the blessings and the opportunities given to me at this point. I am learning so much about myself, about my passion, (or ‘craft’, as more experienced and sophisticated actors would call it), and life in general. Call it an overarching metaphor or exaggeration but it’s amazing how the lessons learned in theater always seems to have a forceful impact on my life offstage.
It’s in theater that I feel I have so much more to learn and discover, so much more to give and offer. By the same token, I’m at a point in my life where I feel I have so much ahead of me and so much more of life to live. There’s still so much I want to do and BE.
(Indian Braves: Mian Dimacali and Oli Del Rosario)
A Peter Pan moment here…but a part of me doesn’t want to grow up. While I’m one to embrace growth and maturity, it’s the ticking tock of time I fear. Will I have enough time to do everything, be everywhere and be everyone I want to be? Or will the race against time end up with me being swallowed whole by that croc with the clock in its stomach?
(Alessa Z. with Bym B.)
Doesn’t Peter Pan have such beautifully relatable symbolisms? (So go watch the show! Ha-ha. Getting ahead of myself here…)
Over all, what I should emphasize here is that the story of Peter Pan is EVERYONE’S story. It’s everyone’s journey of going to Neverland and back, everyone’s struggle between youth and maturity, everyone’s story of believing and coming out victorious. It’s everyone’s ONE BIG ADVENTURE. Add to that, it’s within each of us where you find that magical ability to believe in dreams and take flight.
Inside all of us is a boy named Peter Pan.
So, go on. Think happy thoughts. Believe and begin to fly!
Repertory Philippines’ Peter Pan is directed by Jaime del Mundo and Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo
SAM CONCEPCION as Peter Pan
MICHAEL WILLIAMS as Captain Hook
JAIME DEL MUNDO as Mr. George Darling
PINKY MARQUEZ as Mrs. Mary Darling
TIPPY DOS SANTOS and CARA BARREDO as Wendy Darling
NACHO TAMBUNTING and LUIGI QUESADA as John Darling
JUAN MIGUEL SANTOS and ALESSA ZIALCITA as Michael Darling
ROBBIE ZIALCITA as Smee
KYLA RIVERA as Tinkerbell
KAKKI TEODORO as Tiger Lily
Lost Boys: Kevin Concepcion, Eric Mercado, George Schulze, Nelsito Gomez, Jay Pangilinan, Bym Buhain, Hans Braga, and Justin Valiente Pirates: Kuya Manzano, Hans Eckstein, James Stacey, Meynard Penalosa, Mano Aguilos, Edu Briones, Chino Veguillas Indian Braves: Jay Carandang, Mian Dimacali, Giannina Ocampo, Oli del Rosario, Bobby Superales, Francis Mathieu, Tara Cabaero, Harold Cruz Mermaid: Sab Jose