Darren Espanto wants us to “Believe In Christmas”

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The isolating nature of the pandemic has left us yearning for human connection, disrupting our daily lives on an unprecedented scale and forever changing the way we interact with one another. Its uncertainty has not only instilled fear and anxiety, but also forced us to participate in a game of risk roulette, where everyone tries to survive a global health crisis that knows no end or time, and outwit an invisible enemy through strategic measures that align with the new normal. But Darren Espanto wants us to believe that love will always be our guiding light even in the most difficult of times. The accomplished recording star is optimistic about using his voice as a catalyst to spark hope and inspire others to make a positive difference—all in the spirit of Christmas. He wants to keep the Holiday tradition alive by spreading kindness and joy this festive season, but also wants to see it with a renewed perspective: that the cherished holiday traditions are more than just about sumptuous

Showcase of exceptional talents at Into The Woods.

Upstart Productions present, Into the Woods
By Aga Posadas
Contributor

Once upon a time, there was a story staged on Broadway with good music and concept. The creators put a modern and dark twist on several Brothers Grimm fairy tales. It was spectacular. It was even made into a film very recently.

Then some Filipinos thought of staging Into the Woods with some of the great actors in the country. Here's the thing, I have a huge problem with Broadway plays produced in Manila, presented as it is, especially that the film version is still at the height of fame. It becomes just a showcase of the actors' talents. It's just like watching a local Sunday noon-time show. Upstart's production latest production is just like that. 

It's like watching a school play with really exceptional acting. Staging it in a real garden, with real trees as the backdrop, was a very good idea. However, there was failure in other technical aspects. The props and costumes looked like the producers ran out of budget. I was expecting something more luxurious since it was based from fairy tales. The presentation of the entire musical lacked imagination. I thought that during the rehearsals they would always conclude "Sige, okay na yan.", when they could have done more. 
The Wife and the Baker scene.
Luckily, the actors delivered. Rachel Alejandro shined as the Witch, made me wished she would do more theatre. Other famous actors like Julienne Mendoze and Noel Trinidad also dazzled on stage.

Verdict: C+. I did not even write a synopsis because you probably have watched the film or even the Broadway production.


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