I always say that theater is Philippine entertainment’s best-kept secret. The local stage is home to many of the country’s best talents, sharing some of the most provocative stories. One of the country’s stalwarts of great theater is the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA), and they’re continuing their passion to nurturing the next generation of actors with their annual summer workshops, in partnership with Starbucks Philippines.
PETA’s annual summer workshops is from April 17 to May 28 and feature the courses Children’s Theater, Integrated Theater Arts for Teens, Theater Arts, and Creative Musical Theater. All of the classes use the Integrated Theater Arts approach, which combines group dynamics, drama, creative dance and movement, creative sound and music, visual arts, and creative writing to effectively portray a story.
Children from ages 6 to 8 and older kids from ages 9 to 12 can enroll in the Children’s Theater course, which aims to enrich the child’s creativity and imagination.
Integrated Theater Arts for Teens
Teenagers aged 13 to 16 can enroll in the Integrated Theater Arts for Teens, where they can discover their talents and enhance their self-confidence and communication skills.
Aspiring actors aged 18 and up can join Theater Arts, which will give them fundamental knowledge of theater history, and appreciation and skills in improvisational theater production.
Creative Musical Theater
This course will give students the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of musical theater while providing them with comprehensive training on musical theater skills. This is an exciting course to take, given the number of Filipino actors who are recognized internationally like Lea Salonga, Jon Jon Briones, Rachelle Ann Go, Joanna Ampil, and Eva Noblezada. In this year’s Tony Awards, Noblezada is nominated for Best Actress for her role as Kim in the Broadway revival of Miss Saigon.
The highlight of the courses is the final recital of an original work created by each class, which will be performed on the PETA – Phinma stage.
Since 2015, Starbucks Philippines has committed itself to advancing the theater community in the country by sharing a part of the proceeds from its planner promotion. The brand is inspired by the theater group’s passion for raising awareness of social issues through its productions. For example, Rak of Aegis shared the plight of a group of villagers who live in a flooded area, while Caredivas exposed the sorrows overseas Filipino workers face in the Middle East.
PETA’s annual summer workshops are conducted in satellite venues in Makati, Quezon, Angeles, and Tacloban. To join the PETA Summer Workshop, visit their website at www.petatheater.com.