The evening was filled with much amazement and appreciation for music and for the theatre arts as the different characters and story of each stage plays braced the audience with their different acts last February 28 at the Western Mindanao State University’s (WMSU) Dr. Juanito Bruno Gymnasium.
A classic favorite and one of the most popular fairytales, the play “Beauty and the Beast” still captured the spectators’ hearts. Performed by the senior WMSU A.B. English students, the cast preserved the plot of the original story and translated it in the context of stage art. With their colorful costumes, animated characters and the moving love interest between the main protagonists of the story sent the audience to delve into the pleasantries of childhood memories.
The second performance was based on a local play featuring the renowned Fort Pilar Shrine. Put up by Mass Communications students, the production of “Ako? Sino? Sila?.” The story revolves around the main character, a vendor in the historical shrine named Rowena as she witness her peers experience life at this day and age. The storyline was instilled with some socio-political issues often thrived by the Filipinos and it emphasized on the characters’ coping up with the challenges brought about by their destitute situation.
The last play is an adaptation of another popular tale titled, “The King and I.” The story plot is based on the novel “Anna and the King of Siam” by Margaret Landon. The story relates the experiences of Anna, a British schoolteacher hired by the King. It depicts about the love conflict between Anna and the King, her adventures with the King’s children and her unrelenting passion for teaching. The brilliant piece begged the audience to listen closely to the exchange of lines of the characters. The much acclaimed legend in literature was daringly presented by another batch of A.B. English students.
With a minimum fee, the audience was able to experience again the familiar story of the Beauty and the Beast with the cast’s highly enthusiastic energy; moved by the societal matters conveyed by Ako? Sino? Sila?; and transported to the majestic land of Siam. The over-all production was headed by Ms. Fhadzralyn Aidil-Karanain. The latter is the adviser of the Theatre Arts class and the production is part of the requirements under the said subject. (EKEENA O. LIM, WMSU-PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE)