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Youth-led ‘senakulo’ combines catechesis, theater

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'Manalig Ka' has its shows on March 27, 29 and 31 every 7:30 p.m. at the Don Bosco Youth Center – Tondo Gymnasium.

MAKATI City, March 27, 2013—‘Theater of the Word’. This is how an ongoing senakulo or Lenten play titled ‘Manalig Ka’ (Believe) can be described, combining catechesis, elements of drama and stage acting.

“In response…to the call of the re-evangelization, the senakulo could be one of the effective programs for evangelization and catechesis of the local churches,” said Dondie Bernardo, who directs the play.

Basically a youth-led project with its production team and actors mostly coming from youth organizations in the Don Bosco Youth Center, as well as from nearby barangays, the senakulo is performed on March 27, 29 and 31 at the Don Bosco Youth Center – Tondo at 7:30 p.m.

In an interview, Bernardo cited how catechists and evangelizers in general use communication in the same way it is utilized in the performing arts – through gestures, expressions, songs and even dance.

He described how the senakulo’s drama is centered on salvation history, its script and screenplay comes from Scripture, and its actors could be anyone.

Lens of faith 

“We hope that staff, performers and audiences will be evangelized and catechized,” he said, summing up his own hope for ‘Manalig Ka’.

The main theme of this senakulo is faith, which also uses the Gospel story of the hemorrhaging woman as a “lens” for the audience to reflect on.

The production cast took three months to prepare for the senakulo, with conceptualization and script writing starting in January of this year.

Actors’ line reading and workshops started last February 13, Ash Wednesday.

Tickets are available at Php 10 (general admission), Php 300 (VIP) and  Php 500 (2 VIP tickets). For more information, contact Toni at 09277933254 or Fr. Toto Cerada, SDB at 09175862079. [Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz]


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