Pili LGU sponsors free theater arts workshop

A festival of one-act plays in Bikol is in the offing in Pili, Camarines Sur. Set to be launched at the 6th Cimarrones Festival, the Pintakasi nin mga Pasaling Pan-entablado para sa Kapalibotan (Festival of Bikol Plays for the Environment) will kick off with a series of free theater arts workshops on the third and fourth weekends of November.

The training component of the play competition or the workshops is scheduled at the Executive Hall of the Pili Municipal Hall, as follows: Playwriting on Nov. 20, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Stage Directing on Nov. 21, 9 a..m to 12 noon; Production and Set Design, Nov. 21, 1 p..m to 5 p.m.

All three workshops will be conducted by Carlos A. Arejola, a Palanca award-winning dramatist and author of Sayod kong Tataramon/ Tuwiran kong Sasabihin, a book of plays in Bikol and Filipino published by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) in 2009. He has worked as production designer, stage manager, and director for professional school and community theater.

Also scheduled are the Stage Acting Workshop set on Nov. 27 and 28, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the Lights and Sounds Workshop set on Nov. 28, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The workshops will be conducted by Raul Bermido, a PETA-trained performer and veteran stage hand who was instrumental in  Teatro Cimaarones’ participation in national play festivals some years ago.

Teatro Cimarrones is the youth performing arts group run by Pili Local Government Unit.

The general public, arts teachers of government and private academic institutions, as well as members and leaders of campus and barangay performing arts groups operating in Pili are invited to attend.

Workshop participants are expected to participate in the competition and by mounting a one-act play written in the Bikol language with a pronounced pro-environmental advocacy. To qualify for top honors, the plays must be presented in December this year in their respective campuses or barangays.

The top three plays, to be chosen by expert jurors with a keen understanding of Bikol dramatics and effective solid waste management practices, will be staged at the Plaza de Cimarrones in downtown Pili in February 2010 as part of town’s celebration of the National Arts Month.

Prizes for the best play presentation, script, direction, production design, performances, and other technical awards wiil be awarded along with trophies and cash prizes at the festival finale.

The festival is spearheaded by the Pili municipal government and Pili: Banwaan ko, Padangat Ko, a pro-environmental advocacy group.

For more details, please contact Carlos A. Arejola or Engr. Mely B. Oliva at Office of Tourism, Culture, Arts and Sports or Em Sarte at the Pili Mayor’s Office.

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