The Local theaters and Early Philippine Operas
The emergence of the Filipino opera started to take shape during the middle part of the19th century.Foreign performers, including instrumental
virtuosi , as well asopera singers and Spanish zarzuela performers came to the country to perform forenthusiastic audiences .
1. Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) founded
by 1967 by Cecile Guidote-Alvarez whose theatre productions include classical
works, Philippine myths, legends, commentaries, and social and political
issues. Performed by the PETA are the Caredivas (2011), Haring Lear (2012), and
2. Tanghalang Pilipino – the resident theatre company of the
Cultural Center of the Philippines founded in 1987. Among their theatre plays are
Himala (2004), Ibalong (2012), Noli (2011).
3. Repertory Philippines – organized by Zenaida Amador on
1967 that brought London’s West End and Broadway to Philippine Audiences. Among
their productions are A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino (2009), Little Women
(2010), and Alice in Wonderland (2013).
4. Trumpets – creates theatre productions that highlight
good characters and values of children and family that provide wholesome theatre
experiences for the youth.
5. New Voice Company – established by Monique Wilson on 1994, this theatre group has earned reputation for staging though-provoking productions on “controversial” and profound topics.
6. Philippine Opera Company (POC) – founded in 1999 by a group of dedicated singers lead by soprano Karla Guttierez as artistic directress. Performed Harana, Master Class, Mekado, etc.
7. Theater Down South – was founded with Philippine theatre mainstay Michael Williams as artistic director. Performed A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Princess and the Red Carp and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.
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Theaters in the Philippines differ in several areas and depend on the cultural tradition or historical influences. Some of these theaters are the following: The indigenous theater, mainly Malay in character, which is seen in rituals, mimetic dances, and mimetic customs; the plays with Spanish influence, amongwhich are the komedya, the sinakulo, the playlets, the sarswela, and the drama; and, the theater with Anglo-American influence, which encompasses bodabil and the plays in English, and the modern or original plays by Fihpinos