HONG KONG – Over 30 Filipino youth here are in the thick of preparations for a musical about the life of national hero Jose Rizal.
An excerpt of the musical will be held on August 30 at the Philippine Consulate General in Admiralty, with the full musical expected in 2016 in a theater.
At present, the participants, aged between eight and 19 years old, are attending workshops to hone their acting skills.
Catherine Tating Marsden, the workshop teacher, said the workshop aims to help Filipino youth develop their talents in performing.
Owing to lack of funds, Marsden, who also teaches at the Faust International Youth Theatre in Hong Kong, said she was initially reluctant to lead the workshop.
When Marsden was tasked by the PCG here to design the Sentro Rizal, she was also asked by officials to do a project with the Filipino youth in Hong Kong.
Sentro is a room that was mandated by Republic Act 10066 or "The National Cultural Heritage Act" to be put up in Philippine embassies and consulates to promote the life and works of Rizal and Philippine culture.
"So naisip ko na if I do a project with the young people, my interest is drama, in theater arts," she said.
The group holds the workshop and two-hour practice sessions every Sunday afternoon at the Consulate.
As a presentation for the "Buwan ng Wika" in August, the excerpt will be in Filipino and will preview the first act of the play.
Marsden said the play will avoid the politics during Rizal's time, but will focus on the hero's relationship with his family.
"We want to tell the Filipino community na may Teatro Filipino and that this is their theater," she said.
The group is hoping that the Filipino community will be able to pitch in ideas for their performances. —KBK, GMA News