Filipina stars in ‘Spring Awakening’ in Singapore


Posted at Jan 26 2012 11:16 PM | Updated as of Jan 27 2012 07:16 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Actress Julia Abueva, the granddaughter of National Artist Napoleon Abueva, is starring in a Singapore production of the Tony-winning musical “Spring Awakening.”

The 16-year-old Abueva, who was born in Manila, moved to Singapore when she was four years old.

She plays Wendla Bergmann, a sexually naïve teen who loses her virginity to a childhood friend, in the musical staged by Singapore theater company Pangdemonium.

Abueva was just 8 years old when Singaporean singer Cat Ong guested her in a concert in 2003.

Since then, her career took off – guesting at “The Oprah Winfrey Show” when she was 11.

Described as possessing a “Charice-like” voice, she had her first solo concert, “I Believe,” in 2008 at the Esplanade Theatre Studio.

She also performed at David Foster’s concert in Singapore last year where she sang "The Prayer" with Michael Bolton. She describes the experience as “simply surreal.”

She said her dream is play Kim in “Miss Saigon.”

“Spring Awakening” tells the tale of a group of teenagers embarking on a turbulent journey of self-discovery and the only means of expressing their emotions is through rock music.

“Spring Awakening” will run from February 3 to 26 at Drama Centre Theatre, National Library Building, Singapore.