REP’s Theater for Young Audiences invites us to rediscover a beloved fairytale as they bring us the story of Princess Rapunzel like you’ve never seen it before in Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale from September 15, 2018 to January 27, 2019 at the OnStage Theater, Greenbelt 1, Makati City.
Our family was able to watch the first ever show of this musical play last September 15, 2018 expecting a very similar plot to the usual Disney version that our kids are very familiar with. But while we were watching, a lot of exciting twists and turns happened in this musical retelling of the childhood classic, including delightful new characters with their own mysterious stories, intersecting at just the right comical—and heartwarming—moments. Joy Virata directs the colorful cast in this magical world, including an evil would-be queen, a handsome prince, a determined hairstylist, a lovable dragon, and the princess with a famous head of hair.
If you have not watched the play yet, I recommend you to stop reading at this point as spoilers are about to be read as you go on. So continue reading at your own risk. 🙂
The story first introduces you to the beautiful, extremely long-haired Princess Rapunzel (Cara Barredo, Mikkie Bradshaw, Justine Narciso and Alyssa Rosa) as she’s kidnapped and trapped inside a tower by the evil Lady Za Za (Carla Guevara-Laforteza and Christine Flores) in an attempt to take over the throne.
Meanwhile, Sir Roderick (Hans Eckstein and Andres Borromeo) and his friend Edgar (Steven Hotchkiss, Chino Veguillas, and Kenny Isidoro), who chose beauty school instead of knight training, are on a quest to find the perfect head of hair when they stumble upon the tower.
Together with a strange Gypsy Woman (Bituin Escalante and Naths Everett) looking for a powerful piece of jewelry that was stolen from her, and witty, old dragon Socrates (Arnel Carrion, Raymund Concepcion and Jamie Wilson), they band together to try to rescue Rapunzel and defeat the scheming Za Za.
For our family, here are the highlights of the show:
- We like the fact that the story is a bit different from what we are used to so it gives a sense of excitement to kids and even the adults who are watching.
- Our 5-year old daughter Zia who dreams to be a fashion designer took special notice of the intricately designed costumes worn by the lead and even the supporting characters. It really gives pleasure to the eyes.
- Bryce regards the stage design as well-engineered. The tower can even hold three people together. This is so well-planned.
- Supporting actors did not serve as just human props as they used every part of their body in making sure they portrayed their own characters well. I took observation on each character as they perform and even those situated at the very back were in-character at all times.
- The show has a really good line up of cast. I am so happy to have watched Carla Guevarra-Laforteza in a role that is very far from those she usually plays on TV. She also sang her songs differently that I don’t even see Carla but only Lady Za Za.
- Bituin Escalante is such a great surprise. I have always admired her as a Pop Singer who popularized Kung Ako Na Lang Sana. This is the very first time I heard her sing live and act at the same time. I loved how she pronounced every word in her dialogue and sang every part of her songs during the play.
Based on the story, music, and lyrics by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman, this is one unexpected adventure you definitely shouldn’t miss! For available show dates and tickets, call REP at 843-3570 or Ticketworld at 891-9999, or log on to www.ticketworld.com.ph.
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