The Tinik ng Teatro (TNT), in partnership with HIMIG – Musicians of Adamson University, is set to premiere its upcoming major production and first-ever musical play entitled “Ang Babaeng Hindi Namamatay” at the Adamson University Theatre on November 28 to 29.
This will be the first full-length musical play of TNT since its inception in 1986— and one of its first significant productions since the resumption of face-to-face classes.
Through separate interviews with the production team, Heart Romero, the project’s head director and alumna, gave a brief insight into their progression and her tentative goal of completion as the show’s deadline slowly approached.
“Hopefully, matapos na namin lahat [ng preparations] (we’d finish all the preparations) by November 25. But so far, all of the cast members have been showing up and have been working on the play really well, so we hope that we will be able to give everyone a good show,” she said.
Romero also shared her optimism towards the younger generation of the Adamson community’s current talents and crew.
“More than anything, I am thankful for this chance kasi magaling ang mga bata ngayon (because the youth today are skilled), compared sa batch namin (to our batch),” Romero remarked.
“These young performers can do so much more than we could ever before,” she added.
Francheska Manalastas, the upcoming play’s enacting protagonist and president of TNT, shared the same sentiment and gave self-assuring regard for quality.
“I think we are making good and constant progress on our rehearsals, and we believe that pagdating ng day (when the day comes), we will perform well and talagang hindi masasayang yung bayad ng mga manonood sa amin (what the audience paid for won’t really come to waste),” Manalastas said.
Manalastas also unveiled her enthusiasm for being able to perform onstage again once more due to the three-year hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Excited din ako kasi (I’m also excited because) this would be the first time [TNT] would be back onstage, and in a musical play too, which is a big project, so if there’s anything, I am looking forward to it,” Manalastas shared.
Joshua Meredor, the production’s musical director and HIMIG’s talent director, shared his building anticipation as they work through the music numbers that will be performed during the upcoming performance.
“Sa ngayon, pinupulido pa namin yung mga execution ng cues and super pressured din because first time ko on this position at talagang iba siya sa nakasanayan namin sa HIMIG (At the moment, we are still polishing the execution of cues and also very pressured because it is my first time on this position, and it’s really different from what we were used to on HIMIG),” he said.
“But still, I am excited kasi sa tingin ko something naman ‘to na ikaka-proud natin (because I think this is something that we can be proud of),” Meredor added.
Meanwhile, Jehu Adolfo, the head writer of the musical play’s storyline, gave a brief statement on how he felt glad to have his story work used for their comeback on stage.
“Marami kasing considerations bago naapili yung story pitch na gagamitin (There are many considerations before a story pitch can be chosen), so I am excited na makikita ko yung naging idea ko (to see my idea) from paper to reality,” Adolfo said.
Adolfo also remarked on the readiness of the show’s entire idea and execution and how he is anticipating the audience to know the story’s biggest expectation he foresees.
“Since full-on musical yung gagawin namin (is what we will do), na-visualize na namin kung paano yung kanta, galaw (we already visualized the music and movements). So looking forward kami na makita niyo kung bakit nga ba yung babae [is] hindi namamatay, dahil yun ang pinaka-malaking palaisipan (we are looking forward for you to see why the girl couldn’t ever die because that is the biggest riddle),” he added.
Concluding the interviews, Manalastas and Romero left an imparting message to invite the Adamson community to watch their upcoming plays.
“I hope na masuportahan ng ating co-Adamsonians itong pinaghahandaan naming play (that our co-Adamsonians will support this play that we are preparing for) because we poured our hearts and soul into this,” Manalastas said.
“This is going to be the very first musical play that TNT will perform, so it’d be a legacy for us. Please, let’s give these young artists a chance to showcase our homegrown talents and watch the upcoming play,” Romero said.
To purchase tickets, TNT has pre-registration links on their social media handles, such as their Facebook page and ticket booths near the ST and CS gates.