Mario O’Hara’s Stage Show

Last Saturday with only three hours worth of sleep, I commuted all the way to Makati from Quezon City. My body was so sore I could barely walk and my eyes were so heavy I had to use every ounce of my energy to keep them open. The cause of all this trouble was a dance practice, but that’s another story. Given this state you’d think I’d spend the rest of the day sleeping? Wrong. At 6PM I found myself at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) to see the musical called, Stage Show.

Stage Show was written by the late TV, film, and theater director, Mario O’Hara. It presents the plight of some of the country’s best but now forgotten, vaudeville performers. Thanks to our friend Ana, Christine and I had free access to the Gala night on October 13, 2012.

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An hour before the show, the guests, mostly artists, directors, press people, and families of the actors, were treated to a buffet. The food was great and I was particularly fixated with the cream puffs; in fact I devoured five pieces of it.

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At around 7PM, we were ushered inside the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater). Fernando “Tatang Nanding” Josef, a known character actor, came up to the stage to deliver the opening remarks. A little after 8, the show began.

The musical stars local film, TV, and stage actors such as Shamaine Buencamino (Ester), Nonie Buencamino (Tirso), Lou Veloso (mayor and beggar), Angelina Kanapi (Chabeng), and Mae Paner (Magdea). It was divided into two parts, with a 10-minute interval. The whole play lasted for almost two hours.

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We were allowed to take pictures but were advised to disable the flash. I’m sorry for the poor quality of my photos; we were sitting like 10 rows away from the stage and silly me, I didn’t know that my phone has a zoom capability.

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I couldn’t help but be amazed at the ingenuity of the actors and the staff of this play. Props wise I don’t think they can be compared with the most preferred musical of the night, the Phantom of the Opera, but what they lacked in jaw-dropping equipment they compensated with their performance. To say that the actors were excellent would be an understatement. They danced with vigor, sang with their hearts, and acted with authenticity. The story itself is quite entertaining; there were so many funny scenes, people were laughing in their seats for the better part of the show.

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The show ended at around 10PM. We were lucky to have our pictures taken with two of the lead actors, real-life couple, Shamaine and Nonie Buencamino.


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Comments (10)

  1. Marge G
    Marge G

    Oo nga eh. Thanks naman at nagustuhan mo pic namin hehe..

  2. zaizai

    Always a fun experience to watch a play no? Ang saya 🙂 I love your pic with Sharmaine Buencamino, which I saw from Instagram 🙂

  3. Marge G
    Marge G

    Then you should see this one! Promise entertaining siya.

  4. anney

    That was fun! I think last time ako nakanood ng play e nung elementary pa ako. hehe! Super tagal na!

  5. Marge G
    Marge G

    Ay sayang nga! Ganda pa naman nito.

  6. Marge G
    Marge G

    Sure and thanks 🙂

  7. Marge G
    Marge G

    I hope so too 🙂

  8. michymichymoo

    Last play that I've seen was The Sound of Music. I'm hoping for the success of this one, considering the powerhouse cast. 🙂

  9. joanne del rosario
    joanne del rosario

    Wow.. gusto ko pa naman manuod ng play kaso tag-tipid ako ngayon para sa susunod na trip, sayang naman..

  10. joysnotepad.blogspot.com

    seems a nice play to see, kaya lang layo eh. hi hi .anyway, thanks for sharing. I felt that I was there too:)


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