What is it with theatrical shows that makes me fall in love every single time I try to watch one? People may prefer movies or series but with me, it’s always theater. Here’s why I love theater so much.
Why do I love theatrical shows?
When it comes to watching shows, some prefer watching movies or series that have been shot previously. Others go and participate as part of a live audience. While the other people left prefer to be bewildered by the spectacular and elaborate set designs, costumes and acting brought upon by the theater.
Just last week, I witnessed another show which was called, Mono.
What I loved about it
It is an eye opener to most people living in this world. Most try to belong to a certain click but there are times that we just stand out and be ourselves in this crazy world. It’s normal if we feel that we do not belong to anything but we belong somewhere. Some may not see it now but it surely does affect something.
Don’t feel bad if some don’t like you. It’s not about you, but about them. They don’t see how amazing each and every person in the world is.
Remember, each and every one of us is simply amazing!
Moving forward, here are the real reasons why I love watching theatrical shows!
#1 The set design, costumes, light design and the total package is always an amazing sight.
Looking at people do their jobs very well is very inspiring since it’s creative with a pinch of logic somewhere in between. The lights are a very big factor in watching a theatrical show. Costumes bring color and light to the way the actors are on stage. Its musical directors create musical scores that are fit for the show that would mesmerize us.
Hence, it would lead us to asking ourselves, how did they do it?
So, do me a favor. When you watch another theatrical show, remember to pay attention to all of these elements and get to appreciate them. There are a lot of people working hard behind the show.
#2 The storyline or the plot is not what most expect it to be.
In a movie, most of the people can already predict how the story goes and more importantly, who lives or even who dies. When it comes to a series, tv or movie, people get to think and contemplate on how the story goes.
With these shows, it makes us think outside the box. Incorporate everything around us and gather all the pieces of the puzzles, trying every theory there is in order to understand fully what is being presented to us.
Most movies have it laid out for the audience to just put together. On the other hand, these theater shows make the audience think out differently. It makes me happy when people watch their shows because it only means that their show is being supported by a lot. Plus, it’s really good. From the story to how it is executed.
#3 It recharges the soul.
Some of you may not know but for me, watching shows in the theater recharges my mind, body, and soul in various levels. It’s a challenge to watch a movie or a show by yourself but when watching the theater, I feel comfortable and okay even if I watch it alone.
Yourself is the best company to any activity that you want to accomplish. Whenever I watch shows alone, I feel empowered and not lonely at all. Even if people look at me, giving that “oh, she’s watching it alone,” I just feel even happier. That I have become braver on my own, never thinking that I could watch a show by myself without worrying who to come with or even who would I invite to come with me the show.
So now, we move on to what to watch next.
What to watch next: Cecilia
About the show
Cecilia, a dance thesis by Ana Opeña, is a portrayal of the harsh realities that women face – abuse in its multifaceted forms and how it affects their mental, physical and emotional development.
The play follows how the titular character, Cecilia, reacts to the problems she encounters. The show not only aims to highlight various societal issues, but also explores the multiple root causes of these issues.
The show is part of the final requirement of the Bachelor of Performing Arts, Major in Dance under the tutelage of Denisa Reyes. It opens on the 23rd of March (Friday) at the 6th floor of Benilde’s School of Design and Arts Black Box, and will run until March 24 (Saturday).
Cecilia follows the story of a young girl, born to a happy and caring family. However, with her mother’s passing, everything changed and her father turned abusive. Cecilia tried to endure this sudden change in her atmosphere. She decided she had enough when he went over the edge and attempted to force himself on her. Homeless, helpless, and hopeless, Cecilia turned to a highly lucrative, yet physically and emotionally demeaning life – under the guise of waitressing at a local bar in order to survive. A chance encounter with her father years later proves that life gives you the strangest opportunities at the strangest times and that it is in these moments where one can truly define themselves.
It opens on the 23rd of March (Friday) at the 6th floor of Benilde’s School of Design and Arts Black Box, and will run until March 24 (Saturday).
Showtimes are at 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM.
Tickets are priced at Php 200.00
It can be purchased:
- At the booth on the 9th floor elevator lobby of the SDA building
- By contacting David Laboy at +639155008396
- Messaging their Facebook page
Milton CoyneApril 5, 2018 at 5:02 PM
I love theatrical shows. I always watch Broadway musicals on YouTube and also got a chance to watched various stage plays here in our country. The first stage play I have watched was El Filibusterismo in St Scholastica College. You are right, the artistry being applied in these shows are incomparable. I’m happy that most Filipinos now are learning to appreciate these shows and we got so many theater plays here and there. Philippine Stagers Foundation, Gantimpala Theater Foundation, 9Works Theatrical and Atlantis and even Ateneo Blue Repertory and many more are keeping these theatrical shows alive.
The plot of Cecilia is quite interesting and a little bit dark too. I have read more details from it from the Benildean and I’m intrigued how they can pull this off. This must be a great heartwarming show!
LaiAriel SamangkaApril 5, 2018 at 9:09 PM
Wow, I have just watched a theatrical show last week in Nong Nooch Garden in Pattaya, Thailand, it’s a 3 hour drive from Bangkok. Just like you I love the colorful and the beauty of the stage, it actually becomes really magical because of their costumes and props. The plot of the story is as well something I always looking forward to, whenever I see theatrical shows. I have not heard about this show before, and hopefully I can watch it if I get the chance. You seemed to really have a great time watching the show. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.
Teresa DumadagApril 7, 2018 at 4:31 PM
I love watching theater also. That’s why I introduced the world of theater to my kids as soon as they are toddlers. They have already joined summer classes on theater and they enjoyed it. We watch theater shows as often as our schedule permits. We love musicals the most.
Swayam TiwariApril 10, 2018 at 11:55 PM
It is not about liking or not liking theatre but getting time to watch it. Besides, theatre doesn’t advertise itself. The few times I have watched stage shows, I have liked them but I find most theatre shows pessimistic and dark. Don’t you think so?