Repertory's Ibong Adarna Sings us Into a Flight to our Childhood
by Inside Manila Team, September 06, 2019 4:00pm
Art by Allen Mirambel
The story of the Ibong Adarna takes us back to our childhood stories, if not, to our high school Filipino subjects. The story of the mythical bird and the Kingdom of Berbania has captivated a generation of Filipinos. And Repertory Philippines (REP) keeps on bringing the colorful tale to the next generations to come with an English version called "The Quest for the Adarna".
Produced through Rep's Theater for Young Audiences (RYTA), the musical will be running from September 14 to January 26 at the Onstage Theater, Greenbelt 1.
If you need a refresher of the story, the play takes place in the fictional kingdom of Berbania. It is ruled by the beloved King Fernando and his equally loved wife, Queen Valeriana. They are blessed with three sons, the eldest Prince Pedro; the second son Prince Diego; and the youngest and most kind-hearted Prince Juan.
Their idyllic life is shattered when King Fernando is struck with a mysterious illness that can only be healed by the song of the mythical bird, Adarna. The quest to capture the bird is nothing but difficult. After the first two brothers failed in their quest, Prince Juan bravely takes on the task to save his father.
The Ibong Adarna story is reborn as an entertaining play with original music. Made suitable for children of all ages, The Quest for the Adarna is produced under Creative Director Joy Virata, assisted by co-directors Jamie Wilson and Naths Everett, with music by Rony Fortich and book and lyrics by Luna Grino-Inocian.
A wonderful cast completes this production, featuring both stage veterans and fresh faces. The titular Adarna will be played by Carla Guevara-Laforteza, Shiela Valderrama-Martinez, Andrea Monique Alvarado, and Cara Barredo. Joining them are Arion Sanchez, Jim Andrew Ferrer, Ade Valenzona as Prince Pedro, Vinni Todd, Luis Marcelo, and Sean Nolasco as Prince Diego, and Leo John Guinid, Diego Aranda, and Neo Rivera as Prince Juan.
And while we've conjure our Teleserye version of Ibong Adarna, The Quest for the Adarna is a must-see. The stage play promises bright, colorful costumes, fun, child-friendly music, in an English translation of a Filipino classic.
The final play in REP’s illustrious 2019 season, Adarna teaches kids unforgettable lessons about family, courage, forgiveness, and love, all wrapped in an entertaining stage production.
With great ticket prices, families have every reason to bring their kids to see this magical musical. Orchestra center seats cost P800, orchestra side is priced at P600, while balcony seats go for P500.
For show-buying, block-buying, and ticket inquiries contact REP at 451-1474 or 0966-905-4013. You may also purchase tickets by calling Ticketworld at 891 9999, or through the ticketworld website.
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- Carla Guevara-Laforteza
- Shiela Valderrama-Martinez
- Andrea Monique Alvarado
- Cara Barredo
- Arion Sanchez
- Jim Andrew Ferrer
- Ade Valenzona