The cast members of “Care Divas” gave a sampler during the press preview at Peta Theater Center last December. Photo by Totel V. de Jesus
Hit musical ‘Caredivas’ opens Peta’s 50th theater season
INQUIRER.net / 03:32 AM January 07, 2017
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Philippine Educational Theater Association’s (Peta) comedy musical “Care Divas” returns to open its 50th anniversary with a whopping 50 shows from February 3 until March 19 at The Peta Theater Center.
“Care Divas” a disarmingly funny and candid musical drama about five transgender Overseas Filipino Workers in Israel who work as care givers in the morning and transform into glamorous drag queen performers at night. While desperate to make ends meet, they also struggle to search for acceptance in a foreign land.
The musical dominated the 2011 Philstage Gawad Buhay! Awards, bagging seven trophies including Outstanding Stage Direction, Outstanding Musical Direction, Outstanding Musical Production and Outstanding Ensemble Performance for a Musical.
The play’s wickedly funny text, written by award-winning playwright Liza Magtoto, tells of the lives of the main characters: the kind and loving Chelsea, the often-sarcastic group leader Shai, the ditzy Thalia, the bubbly Kayla, and the ill-tempered Jonee.
Vincent de Jesus’ musical score leaves audiences humming tunes as it weaves through the narrative. Under the direction of Maribel Legarda, the creative team behind the show includes costume designer John Abul, lighting designer Jonjon Villareal, visual artist and set designer Leo Abaya, and contemporary dancer and choreographer Carlon Matobato.
“Care Divas” includes a powerhouse cast of theater actors: Peta artists Melvin Lee, Vince De Jesus, Ron Alfonso, Dudz Teraña, Eko Baquial, Jason Barcial, Buddy Caramat, Gio Gahol, Joan Bugcat, Eric Dela Cruz, Joseph Madriaga, and Gold Villar; plus guest artists Ophir Burton, Ricci Chan, Red Concepcion, Jef Flores, Paul Holme, Sherry Lara, Thou Reyes, Leo Rialp, and Myke Salomon.
“Care Divas” is showing from February 3 until March 19, (Tuesday-Sunday, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m) at the Peta Theater Center. For inquiries and ticket reservations, contact Peta Marketing and Public Relations Office at Tel. No. 725-6244, [email protected] or TicketWorld at 891-9999, www.ticketworld.com.ph. TVJ