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Trumpets Playshop Playhouse Launches First Original Musical, Always Upon a Time

Trumpets Playshop Playhouse Launches First Original Musical, Always Upon a Time

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As Audie would say, “Playshop is a fantastic doorway for young kids to discover what they were gifted to be early on”. And true enough, as time went by, the two kings witnessed and nurtured bright stars such as Christian Bautista and Sam Concepcion that walked through their magical gates, and flew towards the sky to the chorus of trumpets. But it didn’t end there. Deep within the depths of their kingdom were stars still have yet to find their light. It didn’t take much for the kings to realize how precious these little stars were! It only took one song, their multitudinous talents and their passion to do what they love that paved the way for them to shine as bright as they could.

Always Upon a Time

the cast

From the products of Trumpets Playshop’s advanced summer workshops – Summerstock Kids and Playhouse Pro – comes the first theater youth company, Playshop Playhouse, set to create a brand new theatrical experience for the family. Playshop Playhouse boasts of its young cast – who’s age ranges from 10 to 25 year old – and have been trained by Trumpets Playshop to take the stage on all facets – acting, singing, dancing, and work behind the scenes.

This October, Playshop Playhouse will be launching its very first original musical, Always Upon A Time. Inspired by Fables and Parables by director and writer, Freddie Santos, Always Upon A Time, is a completely new and original material, equipped with an entirely new script and beautiful new songs. The only remnant of the original material is the main theme song that holds the title, written and arranged by Mr. Freddie Santos and Mr. Lito Villareal, respectively.

Tailor-suited for families, the new musical tells the story of siblings, Tommy and Danny, who take their Dad up to the attic to find the book of wonderful stories their Mom used to read to them to sleep.

Always Upon a Time

L-R: Teddy Velasco and Gabo Tiongson

With their impatient Dad who is too busy and too unexcited to participate, the brothers open up the books one story at a time, in the hopes of opening their father’s heart too.

Theater Actor- Director Steven Conde wears many hats in this production, as the director, script writer, while his fellow theater actor colleague, music composer and former Ryan Cayabyab singer, Vince Lim, takes the role as the arranger and musical director. Lyrics were composed through the joint forces of Steven, Vince and Joaquin Valdez.

The talented cast includes Andee Achacoso, Daniel Drilon, Gabo Tiongson, Teddy Velasco, alternating on the lead roles as Danny and Tommy. To play the Father is none other that Philippine Theater’s finest, Mr. Lorenz Martinez. On top of this, bringing all the favorite Fables and Bible Stories to life to life is the amazingly talented cast of kids and teens composed of Anton Posadas, Chimmi Kohchet- Chua, Crystal Paras, Daniel Kahn, Eena Salvador, Eggo Velasco, Ethan Paras, Gabby Concepcion, Guido Gatmaytan, Michelle Chua , Rianelle Albaladejo, Reubz Galenzoga, and Vea Salvador.

Always Upon a Time

L-R: Gabo Tiongson and Daniel Drilon

To make the experience even more spectacular, accompanying the cast on-stage are puppets, designed and created by the Make It Happen Workshop. The same team will also take the reign on set and costume design.

Teddy Velasco and Andee Achacoso

Teddy Velasco and Andee Achacoso

Trumpets Inc.’s homegrown talents, Joaquin Valdes, also takes the seat as Executive Director of Trumpets Playshop and Youth Projects; while Kathleen Francisco, handles Marketing and PR. Both are joined by Lani Ligot, Char Suarez, Marketing and Sales; Ria Ortega, Company Manager; Josephus Gayona, Production Manager; Michan Mendoza, Stage Manager and Leoren Violan, Graphic Artist.

Get ready to be immersed in the magical world of our favorite storybooks! Always Upon A Time will run at The RCBC Theater on October 29 (3PM, 8PM) and October 30 (10AM, 3PM, 8PM). Tickets will be available at Ticketworld.com. For more news updates and promos, follow Trumpets Playshop on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Orchestra for Php 800.00
Loge for Php 600.00
Balcony for Php 400.00

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