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Calungsod musical goes to IEC

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The Teen Saint Pedro cast during dress rehearsals at the IEC Pavilion, Jan. 9, 2016 (Photo: Emer Guingon)

CEBU City, Jan. 24, 2016 – Performing again after a long hiatus, the cast of the hit musical Teen Saint Pedro (TSP) will be wowing International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) delegates with two performances on Jan. 25 and 26, 7:00 p.m. at the Cebu Waterfront hotel.

“By God’s graces and blessings, we can share TSP again,” said Chris Fernandez, a member of the musical’s technical team.

‘IEC pressure’

“This is the first performance after Tito Bob’s passing [in October 2014], so this is quite exciting and emotional. Exciting because it is done in with international exposure. [Imagine, IEC!]…Makisig [Morales] flew in from Australia just for this,” explained Fernandez, who is a leader of Couples for Christ and a member of the singing group 29 A.D.

He admitted the cast and crew feel the pressure of performing for the IEC delegates.

Fernandez said those who may have seen the show before can expect something new from the TSP’s IEC run, especially under the creative styling of a new director in the person of Dr. Jerry Respeto.

According to Tricia Mae Barretto, who plays a villager and a catechist in the play, TSP now is “so much better, super enhanced now.”

Respecto added new choreography and gave the cast theater workshops to prepare for their Cebu run.

‘God is our director’

According to TSP producer Aileen Serrano, wife of the late Bob Serrano, the show’s creator and last director, the show continues even with the passing of the man who started it all.

“[We are] missing Bob but we know Bob always said: ‘God is our director’,” explained Serrano in an interview with CBCP News.

The Jan. 25, Monday run will be for the paying public while the Jan. 26, Tuesday show will be for IEC delegates. TSP is a musical on the life and death of the Philippines’ second saint, St. Pedro Calungsod, a young catechist who died on mission in what is modern-day Guam. (Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz / CBCP News)


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