Hello, everyone. Welcome to the newest members of the Sinag-tala Family, who are joining our Bulletin readership for the first time. We look forward to an exciting time with you aboard. As you’ll see below, we’ve got quite a few things to share with everyone.
1. THE PRODUCTION MEETING HAS BEEN MOVED. We hope everyone concerned gets this bulletin in time. The ST2008 production meeting scheduled for this evening (July 20) has been moved to Tuesday, July 22 at 7:00PM, at the Sinag-tala Studio. We apologize for the short notice and the inconvenience, and do look forward to seeing everyone there, including the Picnic Team.
2. MORE PICNIC DETAILS. For the few who haven’t heard yet, the Sinag-ala Kick-off and Alumni Reunion Picnic is coming up quickly – July 26 at the Elk Grove Park, 9950 Elk Grove-Florin Rd. Elk Grove, CA 95624. It’s going to be a truly special gathering of newcomers (those who auditioned this year, the new volunteers, and their families), returning company members (those associated with past Sinag-tala productions who are re-joining this year’s company) and alumni (those who haven’t been with us for a while). Registration starts at 10:30AM. Everyone is requested to wear a bright, solid-colored top – any style, any choice of color as long as it’s BRIGHT. It’s a potluck, so bring enough to feed the group coming with you, if any, plus a little extra to share with others. SFTPAA will provide barbecued pork, rice, punch, ice and all the necessary paper products, cups and utensils. Bottled water will be available for sale but you may bring your own or a favorite beverage to share. We recommend you use the Elk Grove-Florin Rd. entrance instead of the Stockton Blvd. entrance. Admission to the park is expected to be free, but since the annual Strauss Festival will be taking place in the park later that evening, it’s possible that during the late afternoon the gatekeepers will being collecting an admission fee. Be prepared in any case. Free parking outside the entrance is available. We’ve tentatively selected a spot that can be easily spotted towards your left as you enter. But if in doubt, look for the Sinag-tala banner, Philippine flags and signs that we’ll be putting up, if not a crowd of noisy Pinoys. Oh – another thing – if you have any, bring a lawn or camping chair or two. Expect to have a lot of fun – be there!
3. AWWW, MISSED THE AUDITIONS? Don’t fret. You haven’t missed the boat. The doors are still open for anyone who’s interested. There will be makeup auditions for all ages (must be 4 years or older) at 1:30PM on Saturday, August 2. Be prepared to sing any song of your choice. Remember that all performers – dancers, actors and musicians included – must go through the singing auditions before attending the dance or acting auditions, which will be announced later. There is no guarantee that any more makeup auditions will be offered, so those who are interested should do their best not to miss this one. Sinag-tala volunteers who are available to staff the audition are needed and should contact me in advance.
4. TEACHING/CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS ARE NEEDED. Sinag-tala is all about training. So if you’ve had training or experience in choreography, acting, vocal performance, choral instruction, musical arranging, instrumental performance, theatrical writing, technical theater, directing or any related theater or performance art and are willing to donate your time or original work to help fill a void in arts programming in the Filipino American community, we’d really like to hear from you. An interest in the study and interpretation of Philippine and Filipino works of all genres is desired but not required. There’s a bunch of eager and motivated young and old community members who are not reached by mainstream arts programs and therefore very, very eager to learn from you. Depending on our funding situation, there is some hope but no guarantee that modest stipends for qualified artists will be available. If you’re interested, please contact us immediately.
5. CONRAD’S GIFT. Emerging playwright Conrad Panganiban, our Theater Associate Artist whose one-act play Garden of Dreams was featured last year in a memorable SFTPAA-sponsored staged reading, is introducing another short play, The Gift, in the Bindlestiff Studio annual production, Stories High. This production will highlight several short plays by new artists and will run from July 31 through August 16 at the Off Market Theater, 965 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. Admission is a sliding scale of $10 to $15, depending on what you can afford. Here are excerpts from the teaser for the production that’s been circulating: After months of rehearsals, readings and rewrites, Bindlestiff Studio is proud to present the 10th Annual Stories High Showcase. Thursday through Saturday, July 31 – Aug. 16. All shows are at the Off Market Theater, 965 Mission Street (between 5th and 6th), San Francisco. Tickets will be sold at a sliding scale, $10-$15. The showcase highlights the achievements of this year’s crop of writing, acting and directing workshop participants and explores a variety of characters, themes and situations. A couple caught in a bitter feud. An insecure English teacher grappling with ghosts from the past. A young woman’s brush with her savior. The power of love, and the fight for it, during a dancing class. A soldier chooses between his family and his perceived country. A murderer commits his last act of violence. A confused boyfriend must decide between fidelity and guilty pleasure. Reservations may be requested by e-mailing Susie@bindlestiffstudio.org . You can also purchase tickets online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/38741. Conrad is definitely on his way to joining a still relatively untapped community of modern Filipino American writers for the stage. We hope you’ll help him succeed by seeing his work. Break a leg, Conrad!
6. OFF-BROADWAY’S MAGNO RUBIO COMES TO STOCKTON. The great Carlos Bulosan has long been a rich and wonderful source of oral interpretation material for our productions. He has also inspired a good number of professionally staged plays across the U.S. based on his writing. Now, the award-winning Ma-Yi Theater production of Bulosan’s the Romance of Magno Rubio not only has brought a group of highly respected Filipino American theater artists together but is coming all the way from prestigious New York’s off-broadway circuit to Stockton, CA. Under the direction of the distinguished Loy Arcenas, the play stars the 2007 New York cast of Arthur Acuna, Bernardo Bernardo, Ramon de Ocampo, Jojo Gonzales and Paolo Montalban. The show runs from Saturday, October 4 (8PM) to Sunday, October 5 at the Bob Hope Theatre, 242 East Main Street, Stockton. Tickets are $45, $35 and $25, with $5 discounts for students and seniors with ID, youths 81 and under, and groups of 10 or more. On our end, Gladys Imperio-Acosta is organizing a “Sinag-tala contingent” to see the play as a group and take advantage of the discount. More importantly, Elena Mangahas – stockton-based theater director and long-time Sinag-tala supporter who was named last year as one of the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in America for her tireless work with the Little Manila Foundation – has informed me of plans to offer a lecture/get-together with the Magno Rubio company. So be aware that this is gong to be a rare treat and opportunity – contact Gladys now at firstname.lastname@example.org .
7. OPINION: REALITY TV ISN’T ALL BAD. From the Sinag-tala standpoint, television today offers some pretty interesting and instructive viewing for those who want to learn more about the performing arts. Fox40′s So You Think You Can Dance features brilliant young dancers competing against each other in a wide variety of performances of spectacular and highly challenging choreography by some of the country’s most amazing professional choreographers. The performances range from hiphop to ballet, modern, jazz, Broadway, country and all styles of ballroom that sometimes defy the imagination. The other thing is that the judges give very technical evaluations – not just generalized, ambiguous opinions. On another level, the judging is probably the most notable thing about another show, Nashville Star. For those who may have a bias against country music, this program may be an eye-opener because the judges, each of whom also spends private one-on-one time individually mentoring each contestant, subtly introduce the audience the finer points (and there are actually many) of pursuing a country music career. We don’t know what High School Musical – Be in the Picture, the reality talent show that is soon to air, will be like but it might be worth checking out. TV shows that aren’t reality TV in format but aspiring performing artists shouldn’t underestimate include the children’s show Barney (for the kids), the annual Kennedy Center Honors, the annual Tony Awards and even the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. If you watch with a technical if not scholarly point of view, you may find that these programs typically give viewers good examples not only of how to perform certain types of material for certain venues and media but actually stimulate the artistic and intellectual senses in ways that Wow-wow-wee and even American Idol don’t. So Sinag-tala trainees, check those TV listings.
8. CALLING TOURING ENSEMBLE PERFORMERS. Members of the Sinag-tala Theater Ensemble who are interested in performing at the State Fair on August 17 must let us know about their availability right away so we can make the necessary casting, programming and rehearsal scheduling decisions. We are inviting those who recently attended auditions to let us know if they are interested. We are unable to guarantee slots on the roster at this time but there is always a possibility that newcomers may be accommodated in the cast. Much of it depends on whether or not the regular touring performers are available, and the casting requirements of the numbers that we decide to perform. Regular company members who do not contact me by August 26 will be presumed to be not available and substitutes are likely to be assigned to their slots.
9. THE ST2007 DVD. Those who have not yet picked up their orders for the ST2007 DVD, or who’d like to purchase a copy, may drop by the Studio or contact Helena Piamonte. Please give us a heads-up first to make sure we’re around to serve you. You may e-mail me at email@example.com or Helena at firstname.lastname@example.org .
And that’s it for this round. Thanks as always for your support. Keep an eye open for the next bulletin. And remember – if you didn’t see any typos here, you may have to read all over again.
CEO & Artistic Director