Hello, everyone. As you might expect, there’s never a dull moment for Sinag-tala Family members. And since there’s quite a bit of goings-on that we have to share, let’s get started:
1. ANTIGONE GETS STRONG REVIEWS. We’re tooting our horn here, but at least we can substantiate what we’re bragging about. Here’s a sampling of what they’re saying about the River Stage production of Antigone:
” … this “Antigone” is powerful, provocative and more relevant than anyone could wish it to be. It comes at the audience full-force, beautiful in staging and unrelenting in emotion. (Sacramento Bee)
” … inventive and energetic staging … a fantastic turn by Sonny Alforque (as Tiresius) … this play (is) important and timely … (Sacramento News and Review)
Referring to Tiresius’ scene, “… a showstopper.” Referring to the play, “… the most intense, heart-thumping version of a Greek classic that Sacramento has seen in years.” (Capital Public Radio)
There are 12 remaining performances at River Stage Theatre on the Cosumnes River College campus on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through May 18. Come see me as Tiresius and Julian Torrente (Tiresius’ companion), along with 15 other strong actors. For ticket information and other details, please visit www.riverstage.org.
2. WHAT YOUR SFTPAA LEADERS DID THIS WEEKEND. On April 26, the SFTPAA Board held what is intended to be the first of a series of retreats this year. The Board members and guest Christine Lacerna, past SFTPAA President, did a fine and earnest job in re-instilling their consciousness of the organizational mission, roles and responsibilities of Board members, SFTPAA history and SFTPAA Strategic Plan. You see, your Board works extra hard for you – and not just onstage or backstage, either. In fact the Board itself is a continuing work in progress, going out of its way all year round to increase its knowledge about nonprofit governance and management in order to make sure the group’s best interests are served. The Board members who attended the retreat were Dick Mazon, Raul Bernaldez, Helena Piamonte, Kathy Kaulupali, Sandi Corpuz and yours truly. When you see your Board members, give them a nice pat on the back – or better yet, a hug. Even better: consider nominating someone or yourself to fill a Board vacancy – because we can use all the help we can get.
3. WHAT TO DO WITH THAT ECONOMIC STIMULUS REBATE? Boy do we have an idea for you. Naturally, most experts have been recommending you pay off your highest-interest credit card bills, or invest in tax-free growth shelters, or buy big-ticket necessities like home appliances, or buying retail goods. BUT there is another good suggestion if you can spare part or all of that check that will soon come your way if it hasn’t already – give to a charitable nonprofit organization. Like the SFTPAA. You know what we do, what it takes to do it, and why we count so heavily on private donations. Most importantly, you know how enormous the artistic, cultural and educational pay-off for your generosity is. Please keep us in mind. Thanks.
4. JENNIFER TAKES TO THE STAGE TOMORROW. Jennifer Domingo, our latest in a long line of venerable “Da Coconut Nut” soloists, is taking a turn at drama in St. Francis Elementary School’s Drama Club production of the play Tapestry tomorrow evening, April 29, at 6:00PM at the St. Francis Gym at 2500 K Street, downtown Sacramento. Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for students. St. Francis students are free. For more information, visit http://www.stfranciselem.org/index.html . There will also be a free performance at 8:30AM the following day, April 30, also at the gym. See this show if you want to see Jennifer’s fascinating “other side.” Break a leg, Jennifer!
5. APOLOGIES TO SOFIA TABUJARA. Typos and omissions seem to be a sure bet for enticing alumni out of the woodwork. We received a pleasantly surprising note from Sophia Tabujara recently to point out our neglecting to mention that she is among the memorable alumni who are now performing regularly with the hip-hop ensemble Press P.L.A.Y, and who were featured at the Back to the Future showcase held last April 19 at the Rizal Community Center. We’re really sorry that we left you off that long list, Sofia. But we’re excited that in writing us you mentioned you were re-joining us for the 20th anniversary next year. Keep dancing, Sofia!
6. THANKS TO DEE, LOUI AND VIC. Our mainstay Sinag-tala musicians, Musical Director Dee Pizarro, guitarist Loui Paman and drummer Vic Marzan – of TAAL Band popularity – have for years been doing an outstanding job providing both live and recorded musical accompaniment for the Sinag-tala Theater Ensemble. We just want to take time out to recognize their generosity and hard work. On April 27, they held their most recent recording session at Vic’s home. Thanks to them, we are now able to add several newer pieces to our vocal and dance repertoires. Look out for them at the next few venues on the touring ensemble’s itinerary. And if you can, give them a hand with their gear during those rapid load-ins and load-outs. They accept handshakes, high fives and thank-yous too.
7. THE TOURING ENSEMBLE’S FIRST 2008 GIG. The Sinag-tala Theater Ensemble has been busily getting ready for its first major booking this year, the John Justo’s wedding reception (one of these days we’ll get the happy bride’s name) on May 3 at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Sacramento. This engagement will feature Febelyn Acosta-Green, Cesar Atalig, Ashley Bates, Bryan Briones, Sandi Corpuz, Amanda Corpuz, Jennifer Domingo, Edison Dominguez, Heile Gantan, Elizabeth Green, Krystle Jong, Jasmine Henderson, Shawn Henderson, Kenny Kaulupali, Alexia Sanchez, Nicole Sanchez, Martin Sinlao, Aljohn Tabion, Ariana Taraya and Cecelia Torralba. Dio Agustin is making a guest appearance to perform Ilocano songs with us, as specially requested by the groom.
8. VIDEO PREMIER TO BE RESCHEDULED. In the last bulletin, we announced with a lot of excitement that a lunch party had been scheduled for the showing of the ST 2007 video at the Domingo residence. Well, we hate to disappoint folks, but there’s not only been a slight delay in the production of the video but also a schedule conflict. So stay tuned for updates. Thanks for your patience.
9. PACIFIC RIM STREET FEST BOOKING. The touring ensemble’s next appearance after the Justo wedding will be at the Pacific Rim Street Fest at 11:45AM this coming May 18. This performance will be at the festival’s Riverfront Stage, which will be located next to the Old Yellow Schoolhouse, by the river near the southwest end of Old Sacramento. We’re still finalizing the cast and program line-up for this event. But if you’re among the touring ensemble performers who have indicated that they are available on May 18, please watch for rehearsal schedule announcements. The tentative program includes Sakuting (bulilits and older kids), Ngansiba, Ito Ang Gusto Ko, Tinikling, Malong-malong, Araw Ng Kasal and other numbers. If you’re interested in appearing in one or more of these numbers, please be sure to free up your schedule for rehearsals. Available performers should contact Sandi Corpuz, booking manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm their interest in participating.
10. FLORANTE’S HARANA DOCUMENTARY. Florante Aguilar, the highly-regarded guitarist who performed well-known Filipino kundiman and folk songs last year with Lori Abucayan at our VIP Reception for ST2007, is at the moment working on a documentary film on the harana – the old and perhaps fading traditional cultural form of serenading. His nonprofit production company, New Art Media, and the Pacific Ethnographic Research Society are jointly looking for singers, actors and interview subjects interested in appearing in the film as “locals” and interviewees. Florante and his crew will be in Sacramento on June 13 to meet interested performers and conduct interviews. The shoot will be held, also locally, on June 14 and 15. Here are the types of people they are looking for:
2 matandang lalaki (knows and can sing old harana songs)
2 matandang babae (knows and can sing old kundiman songs)
2 kids – boy, girl
2 men – old, raw and ethnic looking
2 women – old , raw and ethnic looking
Interview subjects – Anybody who has a special story to tell about the custom of harana, preferably first hand experience. This includes lolos and lolas who either serenaded and have been serenaded, to recount the experience.
This promises to be a very interesting, educational and culturally useful project, and we congratulate Florante for the effort. We can all help to make this documentary a reality. And it would be even nicer to see members of the Sinag-tala Family in it. If you’re interested or know others who are, you may contact me at email@example.com or Florante Aguilar at firstname.lastname@example.org .
11. ARTISTS TOUTING THE SINAG-TALA BRAND. We want to congratulate and thank artists like Angela-Dee Alforque, Lorraine De Arco, Punky Larot, Krystle Jong, Brian Rivera, Conrad Panganiban, Gladys Imperio-Acosta, TAAL Band, Malou Carlos and others who have gained their own personal followings over the years, and media coverage along with it, for constantly remembering to mention their Sinag-tala experience in interviews, feature articles, live appearances and program bios. We also appreciate the students who make it a point to list Sinag-tala projects among their credits in the printed programs for their school productions and concerts. We tend to take for granted the immense marketing value that even the small mention of the word Sinag-tala presents. The number of people who have never heard of us will of course outnumber those who do for a long time. But while statistics aren’t available, we do know from anecdotes and personal experience that our brand is being passed around in many ways and is now familiar to growing numbers of people within and outside the arts world. This only benefits us in our efforts to attract potential donors, volunteers, audiences and program participants. Raul Bernaldez, our heroic board Vice-President, is taking the lead in showing that just about any member in our network can help market the Sinag-tala cause through powerful platforms such as YouTube. Check out the postings of Jobernz on YouTube, which have gained hundreds of thousands if not millions of subscribers. His postings include the “Sinag-tala” tag, which is acquainting countless surfers with our name. If you know how to navigate social networking sites like MySpace and Friendster, or even if all you can do is send e-mail, you should take into account the remarkable ways in which you can share the gospel about the SFTPAA to people all over the globe. With the 20th Anniversary coming up, your help will matter a lot. A LOT.
12. DOING ANY SPRING CLEANING? If you have, you might be coming across personal surplus items that have been taking too much space in your home but could be useful to SFTPAA. If you have any of the following that are gathering dust on some shelf or in some corner, consider dropping them off at the Sinag-tala Studio at 8275 Florin Road, Suite 180. Or you can contact me and I can make arrangements to pick them up. Here’s a partial Spring Cleaning Rescue List:
a. Photocopy or printer paper, both white and colored (as long as they’re usable).
b. Paper towels.
c. Vacuum cleaner.
d. Hard-bristle brooms.
e. Long-handle dust pans.
f. Dry erase markers.
h. Staple removers.
i. Room deodorizers.
j. Oscillating desktop or floor electric fans.
k. Hand tools – hammers, crescent wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers, box cutters, squares, drills, sanders, rasp files, etc.
l. Filipino costumes – ternos, kimonas, long skirts, balintawaks, salakots, bakya, bahags, malongs, indigenous tribal clothing, etc.
m. Light plastic, see-through garment bags.
n. Working laptop.
o. Power strips.
p. Three-hole punch.
q. Hardware supplies – electrical tape (all colors), masking tape, duct tape, picture hanging hardware, carpenter’s glue, paint stirrers, buckets, bungee cords, ratchet ties, rope, etc.
If you have items not listed above but which you know we can use, please drop them off anyway. By the way, our space is limited so we unfortunately can NOT accept bulky items like furniture, desk computers, appliances or the like. Whatever else you can donate, we’ll appreciate greatly.
13. LAST BUT NOT LEAST – KEEP GOODSEARCHING. If you still haven’t started, or don’t know what it’s all about, see the blurbs at the very end of this e-mal.
And remember, if you didn’t find any typos in this bulletin, you may not have been reading carefully. Take care, everyone and enjoy the pleasant weather.