'Sa Wakas' hopes to get rock fans into theater

By Jude Cartalaba

Posted at Mar 25 2013 04:39 PM | Updated as of Mar 26 2013 06:35 PM

Fred Lo stars as Topper in the upcoming musical "Sa Wakas"

MANILA, Philippines – The producers of the upcoming original Filipino musical “Sa Wakas” are hoping to attract new audiences to the local theater scene.

“Sa Wakas,” which will be mounted by Culture Shock Productions in cooperation with FringeMNL, features the music of one of the country’s most beloved alternative rock bands Sugarfree. It opens on April 14 at the PETA-PHINMA Theater in Quezon City.

The musical, co-written by Andrei Nikolai Pamintuan and Mariane Abuan, revolves around a bittersweet love story that chronicles the end of one relationship and the beginning of another. It raises the question of why relationships fall apart and also explores the concept of how the choices we make in life define who we are as a person.

Although the production may seem targeted at Sugarfree fans eager to hear the band’s songs, producer Cha Pammit said, “It is our intention to add new audiences to the theatre scene.”

“It is our hope that through our show, it will attract more and even Sugarfree fans to watch more theatre productions in the country,” Pammit added during the press launch last week at the live music bar Route 196 in Quezon City.

Although Culture Shock is fairly new to the theater – the company is a production house best known for its the lifestyle cable show “Listed” and the cooking show “Curiosity Got the Chef” – it managed to gather young actors from various theater companies led by Fred Lo, who appeared in 9 Works Theatrical’s “Rent,” and Repertory Philippines’ Caisa Borromeo.

Repertory Philippines’ Caisa Borromeo is Lexi in the upcoming musical "Sa Wakas"

Others in the cast are: Vic Robinson of PETA’s “Si Juan Tamad,” “Ang Dyablo at Ang Limang Milyong Boto,” and “Batang Rizal”; Laura Cabochan (CCP’s “Pasinaya” and Ateneo Blue Repertory’s “Edges”); Kyla Rivera (Repertory Philippines’ “I Love You Because”); Justine Peña (Repertory Philippines’ Camp Rock”).

Mikou David, Abi Sulit, Hans Dimayuga and Cassie Manalastas complete the ensemble.

The music is arranged by Ejay Yatco, who promised to bring the worlds of pop rock and musical theatre in a “ground-breaking show.”

“Sa Wakas” will have performances on April 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28. For more information about the show, log on to http://www.SaWakas.com.