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For its 28th Theater Season, Tanghalang Pilipino is proud to present "Prinsipe Munti" and“Melanie”. To be staged at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), this coming November to December 2014.

"Prinsipe Munti" is an adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s most-read and most translated book and one of the top-selling books ever published:  Le Petit Prince / The Little Prince. Originally a novella, with more than 250 translations (in languages, dialects, as well as braille. Tanghalang Pilipino's “Prinsipe Munti” is a fun mix of storytelling and entertainment through performance with music and shadow play/puppetry. 

This production is for the young and young at heart.

"Melanie" is a project born out of a partnership between UNICEF and Tanghalang Pilipino. A play that aims to entertain, engage and educate the audience, leaving them not only in a fit of giggles but also armed with knowledge regarding HIV and AIDS. This advocacy aims to help and empower 
by raising awareness in the community from those who are of puberty age to late adulthood. This play is recommended for 16yrs. old and above. 

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ABOUT THE PLAY: 
I. PRINSIPE MUNTI

DESCRIPTION:
            An adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s most-read and most translated book and one of the top-selling books ever published:  Le Petit Prince / The Little Prince. Originally a novella, it has more than 250 translations (in languages, dialects, as well as braille) at present. Selling nearly two million copies annually with sales totaling over 140 million copies worldwide, it has become one of the top best-selling books ever published. It is the most-read and most-translated book in the French language since it was first published in 1943. 
           
It is a worldwide phenomenon and has been adapted for a variety of media and art forms: audiobooks, theater (opera, musical and straight play), film, movie, graphic novels and comics among others (http://www.thelittleprince.com).
            Tanghalang Pilipino’s Prinsipe Munti is a fun mix of storytelling and entertainment through performance with music and shadow play/puppetry. This production is for the young and young at heart.

Themes: Imagination, The dangers of narrow-mindedness, enlightenment through exploration, relationships teach responsibility.      
            Genre: Fable, Allegory          
            Language: Filipino     
            Format: Children’s Play 

CAST
            Featuring Tanghalang Pilipino’s Actors Company with guest actor: Micko Laurente and Allen Immanuel Ryce alternating as Prinsipe Munti.

Micko is a child actor, known for Paglaya sa TanikalaAng Turkey Man ay Pabo Rin and Mang Abe's Ube. He is active in the television industry. He appeared in some episodes of My Little Juan, Wansapanataym, Maalaala Mo Kaya, Pidol's Wonderland, Sinner or Saint, My Lover My Wife and Munting Heredera.

Being a talented child, Micko became a challenger winner in Talentadong Pinoy. He was last seen as “Butchoy” in Tanghalang Pilipino’s Kleptomaniacs. Below are the Kleptomaniacs’ reviews that featured Mr. Laurente:

            Allen Immanuel Ryce (AIR) attended Trumpets Playshops’ Summer Workshops as Musical Theater scholar and is presently a CCP Dance School scholar. Air appeared as the son of Katy and as an emsemble in Spotlight Artists Center’s Katy the Musical.  He appears every afternoon in Nickelodeons’ HipHapon segment and played Anton in ADP Pharma and Indielight Media’s Proppee’s 7th Birthday: Adventures in Dreamland. He alternated as Jun-Jun in PETA’s Munting Saranggola, a musical produced by the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) and the My Child Matters Philippines with Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC), aiming to create widespread awareness about childhood cancer as well as to dispel myths surrounding the disease.
THE ARTISTIC TEAM
Playwright: Layeta Bucoy                                                                                                                               
Art and Shadowplay Direction: Teta Tulay          
Composer, Sound Designer and Musical Director: Toni Munoz
Lighting Designer: John Batalla                                                                                                             
Director and Production Designer: Tuxqs Rutaquio
TICKET PRICES:
                        ORCHESTRA CENTER: Php 1,000.00 (121 seats)
                        ORCHESTRA SIDES: Php 800.00 (223 seats)
                        ORCHESTRA BACK: Php 600.00  (56 seats)
With discounts to Senior Citizens, Gov’t and Military Employees, PWDs and Students. Presenting ID is required to avail of the discount.


II. MELANIE
DESCRIPTION/ PROJECT BACKGROUND:
A project born out of a partnership between UNICEF and Tanghalang Pilipino“Melanie” is a play that aims to entertain, engage and educate the audience, leaving them not only in a fit of giggles but also armed with knowledge regarding HIV and AIDS.
The process included seminars on HIV 101 and Stigma Reduction, as well as workshops on Forum Theater, Psychodrama and Curriculum Development. The goal was to give not only information, but tools for the community to be able to create and develop their own ways to raise awareness, and eventually reduce the rise of HIV infections.
This is a production that veers away from the usual actor-audience dynamics. There is an active interaction that (hopefully) breaks the barriers of ignorance, shame and apathy that become hindrances in stopping this silent virus.


SYNOPSIS
The play begins with a funeral-turned-disco party. Having died of AIDS but having been open about her condition, Melanie's death becomes the subject of controversy by the townsfolk. Fear and speculation spread rapidly through the community, almost as quickly as how those who live there exchange sexual partners. One by one, the characters discuss the horrors of "becoming like Melanie," and we witness not only a fear of infection, but also fears stemming from ignorance. We see not only a fear of the condition, but of rejection, of loneliness, and even fear of the ghost of Melanie herself.
Can acceptance and compassion combat the "horrors" brought by Melanie's death? After all, we are only afraid of what we do not understand.

CAST
Babes – PHILIP SALVADOR PALMOS
Jay – JV IBESATE
Paolo – ANTON NOLASCO
Nina – ANTONETTE GO
Meg – DORAY DAYAO / REGINA DE VERA / LHORVIE ANN NUEVO / RAQUEL PAREÑO
Donn- MARCO VIAÑA
Raul- JV IBESATE / JONATHAN TADIOAN
Windell – ALDO VENCILAO                                                                                                                             
Melanie - CYRIL BALDERAMA
THE ARTISTIC TEAM
Playwright - LAYETA BUCOY
Composer & Arranger - JED BALSAMO                                                                                                     
Director -TUXQS RUTAQUIO

TICKET PRICES:
                        VIP/CHROME CHAIRS: Php 800.00 (40 seats)
                        GALLERY & BLEACHERS:  Php 600.00 (160 seats)
                       
With discounts to Senior Citizens, Gov’t and Military Employees, PWDs and Students. Present valid ID to avail of the discount.

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