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In line with the 4th season of Artist Playground, the stage is all set to open the company’s first Original Pinoy Musical GEE-GEE AT WATERINA ANG MUSIKAL on August 18, 2018 – 8 pm at Arts Above, Artist Playground II, 112 West Venue Bldg., West Avenue, Quezon City.

GEE-GEE AT WATERINA ANG MUSIKAL will feature an all-new original music composed by Jesse Lucas, based from the story, book and lyrics by J. Dennis C. Teodosio, and and choreography by Lezlie Dailisan.

Will be directed by Andrew de Real

Roeder Camanag as Waterina "Markova" in GEE-GEE AT WATERINA ANG MUSICAL
Roeder Camanag as Waterina “Markova” in GEE-GEE AT WATERINA ANG MUSICAL

The roles of Gee-Gee and Waterina will be portrayed by Roeder Camanag as Waterina, a ‘comfort gay’ during Japanese Occupation in the Philippines and one of Gee-gee’s Golden Gays. Norman Peñaflorida will essay the role of Gee-Gee, an entertainment actor, radio host and a councilor of Pasay City.

The ensemble of Gee-Gee at Waterina are as follows: Bench Ortiz, Joseph Dela Cruz, Nel Gumalog, Romeo Palma Jr., and Sean Nolasco.

The musical tells the story of Waterina who eagerly waits for his gay politician friend, Gee-Gee. He soon arrives, bearing with him a check – the payment for the film rights to the life story of Waterina, the soon-to-be-famous “comfort gay”.
As the two mull over the prospects of their newly acquired wealth, they launch into a comfortable tirade of each other’s flaws and frailties. In the midst of the teasing and mockery, they are faced with a question: how does one measure his worth?

Norman Peñaflorida as Gee-Gee in GEE-GEE AT WATERINA ANG MUSICAL
Norman Peñaflorida as Gee-Gee in GEE-GEE AT WATERINA ANG MUSICAL

Waterina distresses, “Would the people cry or laugh when they watch my movie? Would they feel pity or admiration? Would they think the movie is worth their money? Who would I be to them? An aging homosexual? Just that?”

GEE-GEE AT WATERINA was first presented at the CCP Virgin Labfest in 2005. A short film version was produced for Cinemalaya in 2006.

J. Dennis C. Teodosio writes for TV, cinema, print, advertising, and the stage. He was a fellow in the UP Likhaan (for poetry in Filipino, 1996, and for one-act play in Filipino, mid-career, 2007) and the Iligan National Writers Workshops (for one-act play in Filipino, 2002). He was one of the scholars of the 1st ABS-CBN2/Ricky Lee Course in Soap Writing and was part of the Star Cinema Concept Development Group.

His works were anthologized in “Likhaan Journal 10” (UP Press, 2016), “Transfiksyon” (UP Press, 2014), “Mga Piling Dula mula sa Virgin Lab Fest, 2005-2008: Unang Antolohiya,” (CCP, 2009), “Ladlad 3: An Anthology of Philippine Gay Writing” (Anvil Publishing, 2007), “Writing to the Future: Poetika at Politika ng Malikhaing Pagsulat”, (UP-ICW & NCCA, 2008), and “Writing to the Music of Pestle-on-Mortar: The 9th Iligan National Writers Workshop,” (MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology, 2003).

Romeo Palma Jr, Nel Gumalog, Sean Nolasco, Bench Ortiz and Joseph dela Cruz as the Ensemble in GEE-GEE AT WATERINA ANG MUSICAL
Romeo Palma Jr, Nel Gumalog, Sean Nolasco, Bench Ortiz and Joseph dela Cruz as the Ensemble in GEE-GEE AT WATERINA ANG MUSICAL

The Artistic Team of GEE-GEE AT WATERINA ANG MUSIKAL is led by Andrew De Real (Director), Roeder Camañag (Artistic Director), Jesse Lucas (Composer /Musical Director), Leslie Dailisan (Choreographer), Luis Galang (Lighting Designer) and Reynoso Mercado (Production Designer).

The Production Team of GEE-GEE AT WATERINA ANG MUSIKAL is led by Kimberly Claire Somoza (Production Manager), Joselito “Toots” Tolentino (Publicist), Rowena Jarito (Stage Manager), Jayson Batoto (Deputy Stage Manager), Melanie Lao (Lay-out Designer), Jayson Santos and Kimberly Claire Somoza (Photographer), Christian Silang & Beaulah Mae Saycon (Assistant Stage Managers), Wenzel Kyne Fernandez (Assistant Lighting Designer) and Glenn Caspe (Spinner).

The performance schedules of GEEGEE AT WATERINA are as follows:

  • August 18 – 7 pm
  • August 19 – 7 pm
  • August 25 – 7pm
  • August 26 – 7pm

For further inquiries, please call or send SMS to Ms. Kimberly Somoza at 0975-9193179.

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Orly S. Agawin

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Orly has been writing for The Jellicle Blog since 2008. He is a training and development consultant by day and an art enthusiast by night. He lives in Parañaque with his mom.

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