A portion of the musical theater workshops’ proceeds will go to Open House, a fund that helps displaced workers in the local performing arts community.
There’s nothing like the feeling of watching a live entertainment, especially a musical play. The singing, dancing, costumes, set design, and more come together to make musical theater feel special. Even if you have never seen a musical play live, you may have heard or love songs that came from Broadway plays. You might have even spent hours trying to memorize your favorite songs or learn your favorite routines. But due to the pandemic, most musical theaters are closed and it’s not easy to travel to a place where they are open. Luckily, GMG Productions, in partnership with the Open House Fundraiser and the Artists’ Welfare Project, Inc. are launching a new project that is sure to delight musical theater fans.
Workshop Series will see four Broadway professionals, who have performed in Manila, give you personal lessons on how to sing and dance to a chosen Broadway classic. Each week will feature a new musical theater song and a new mentor. This way, you get to bring a piece of Broadway into your own home. The best part is that a portion of the workshops’ proceeds will go to Open House as well as five workshop scholarships per week that shall be extended to qualified beneficiaries as part of additional revenue-generating measures for the Open House Fundraiser. So not only will you be able to learn the songs from professionals, but you will also be able to help out local musical theater workers.
The four musical theater mentors will be Darren Greef who worked as the resident director and choreographer of international productions Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Evita, and Chicago The Musical, Alex O’Reilly who has been in productions of Mamma Mia and Hairspray, Brian O’Muiri who, among other things, is a CATS International touring member, and Louisa Talbot, associate and resident choreographer on West Side Story, Grease, Rocky Horror Show, and Matilda.
Each week will focus on a different musical theater production. Week one will see Darren Greeff teach the song Hot Honey Rag from Chicago The Musical. Week two will have Alex O’Reilly teach Mamma Mia from Mamma Mia! The Musical. Week 3 is when Brian O’Muiri will teach Jellicle Ball from Cats The Musical. Week 4 will have Louisa Talbot teach Cool from West Side Story.
Details and Mechanics
The musical theater workshop fee is 3500 pesos per week. Each week will have 3 sessions, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, that start at 3 PM. Each session will last around one hour and will be held via Zoom. Aside from the classes, you will also get the chance to hang out with the cast of the musicals and have a Q&A session with them. Enrollment is ongoing with the first workshop set to take place on June 7, 3 PM. Make sure to check out GMG Productions’ website to see the full list of details and how you can apply.