Final preparations are underway for the groundbreaking production of “Ding, Ang Bato!”, the dance musical based on Mars Ravelo’s Darna.
The Benilde Arts and Culture Cluster, Mars Ravelo Karakters, Inc. and ABS CBN Corporation met with the creatives, cast and crew last April 18 to flesh out the finer points of the production to ensure that it reflects the true essence of the iconic Pinoy superhero.
Rehearsals have likewise been in full swing, and the public got a glimpse of what to expect last April 25 through an exclusive Facebook Live by BBC World Services on their program Art Hour. The 22 minute feature highlighted the unique character of the production, as they featured all the performers, including the Deaf dancers, who are an integral part of the musical.
DING, ANG BATO! is a production of the the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academics, the Benilde Arts and Culture Cluster. It stars Benilde’s Dance Department Chair Christine Crame reprising the role of Darna whom she first played in the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ production in 2003, and Natasha Cabrera, a television and stage performer, as Valentina.
Ding, Ang Bato! is helmed Director and Librettist Chris Millado, Vice President and Artistic Director of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and renowned Theater Director and playwright. Joining him are luminaries of the stage including choreographer Denisa Reyes, co-choreographer Ernest Mandap, and Music Composer Ejay Yatco with Jef Flores. They will be leading the collaboration between professional and student musical theater performers, dance majors, singers, and multimedia practitioners of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde’s School of Design and Arts.
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