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Friday, September 18, 2009

entry arrow10:25 PM | This Weekend in Dumaguete : Sandosenang Sapatos the Musical

Sandosenang Sapatos (A Dozen Pairs of Shoes), a Palanca award-winning story that has reaped numerous accolades in the Philippines and abroad and has touched the hearts of many, is now a musical and will be staged by the Valenzuela City Center for Performing Arts (VCCPA) this September 19, Saturday (3 PM matinee and 8 PM gala) at the Claire Isabel McGill Luce Auditorium, in Silliman University. The presentation is sponsored by the Silliman University Cultural Affairs Committee.

Written by Palanca Hall of Famer Luis P. Gatmaitan, Sandosenang Sapatos tells the story of Karina and Susie. They are the daughters of the town’s best shoemaker, but only Karina gets to wear the beautiful shoes their father makes. Susie can never wear shoes because she was born without feet. Will her father and her family love her less? Soon, Susie is surprised by the discovery of her father’s incomparable love for her.

Sandosenang Sapatos celebrates the love and acceptance of a family in the face of adversity. Artistic Director Roeder Camañag says, “This is a story of hope grounded in reality. It’s something that will help fight the cynicism we see around us nowadays. It’s not a fairy tale. It’s fresh and relevant.” Sandosenang Sapatos: The Musical stars veteran stage actor Luisito “Kuya Bodjie” Pascua, popular host of the 80s’ children’s TV show Batibot.

The musical begins with vivid imagery: a dozen luminescent dancing shoes on black The music is playful and bright, and lyrics are remarkably fresh and original. Heartrending melodies lined with poignant words underscore particularly moving scenes.

Author Luis Gatmaitan, also known as Tito Dok of the popular Mga Kwento ni Tito Dok series, is happy with the results. “Isang malaking karangalan para sa isang manunulat tulad ko ang makita ang nilikha mong kwento ay nagkaka-buhay sa entablado, na mula sa mga pahina ng libro ay naging isang musical. (It is a great honor for an author like me to see the story I’ve created come to life on stage, from the pages of a book to a musical.)”

Sandosenang Sapatos: The Musical is directed by Andre Tiangco, with music by Jesse Lucas and libretto by Jose Jeffrey Camañag, featuring Luisito “Kuya Bodjie” Pascua and the VCCPA Theater Group.

Tickets and Season Passes for the second half of the 2000-2010 Cultural Season are available at the College of Performing Arts Office and the Luce Auditorium Office, and at the theater lobby before every show. For inquiries and ticket reservations, please call/contact Gang-gang at (035) 422-6002 loc. 520. See posters for more details. Schedule may change without prior notice. For more information, please go to the website.

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