I don’t know about you, but I have always been and always will be a huge fan of Cebuano talents and Broadway. That’s why when the chance to view those two crossing together came my way I didn’t give it any second thoughts.
What was this chance? From March 16-18, 2012 The Cre8tive Thespians Club Inc. featured a famous play in the Cebu Cultural Center called, Les Miserables. It was my first time to view the musical, but I’d known popular songs from the play such as “On My Own” and “I Dreamed a Dreamed.” These songs were popularized by equally famous artists such as Lea Michelle, Susan Boyle and Lea Salonga. So in short, The Cre8tive Thespians Club Inc. had some big shoes to fill.
Upon entering the theater I had high hopes for this play and to my surprise, they did a splendid job. Their hard work on the play paid off. It was a show that was able to showcase budding and under-appreciated Cebuano talents from an ensemble of young and very energetic people. They were able to capture the seriousness, intensity, humor and fun needed by a play of such finesse. Although these actors and actresses aren’t exactly in Broadway they had powerful voices that were able to evoke the right emotions needed to glue you to your seat.
What makes this Club even more interesting is that with Les Miserables, being such a huge show, they were able to work with what they had by being resourceful. They are a non-profit organization and the earnings go to charity. You’d think that this would be good reason to stay away from a production such as this, but these actors and actresses’ love for theater are greater than their greed for money. So getting to watch Les Miserables wasn’t only fun, but it was also very inspiring and touching to see such hard-working people do what they love. From watching this play I can say that their dedication and close family ties shined on stage; making the emotions more real and exciting. All in all The Cre8tive Thespians Club Inc. did a very good job. It was definitely a night of talent, emotion, dedication and showmanship of true Cebuano values. If an opportunity like this comes your way I strongly suggest that you take it!
The group now on its 6th year and was formerly known as Cebu Theatre Company, LTD. This club is also a haven for aspiring performers who have great potential without the venue to do so. As I’ve said before this club is a non-profit and non-stock organization. This means that this organization does not have owners represented by shares of stock. For this specific play their proceeds will go to charity. Their love for the theater outshines their need for money. This organization’s main goal is to promote Filipino culture, specifically Cebuano culture, through theater. This organization auditions and plays regular people such as Joanna Jane Ang who is a registered nurse and Peter Clark Guisadio a Computer Science student in Cebu Institute of Technology University.
If you want to know more about this organization then you may go to their website at Cre8tive Thespians Club Inc. or you can find them at N. Escario St., Barangay Camputhaw, Cebu City.
Many people say that Les Miserables is likened to Jose Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere due to the theme of familial love and social reform. The play is a story set in the time of the French revolution starting with Jean Valjean, who is released after 19 years of prison. He was sentenced to a term of 5 years for stealing a loaf of bread. Although free, Jean, still a starving man travelling the streets of France, came to the house of Bishop of Digne who treated him graciously and forgave him despite Jean’s plans to steal the Bishop’s silverware. He comes out a different man and becomes successful years later. On the other hand a woman named Fantine gets pregnant and gives birth to a baby girl named Cosette. A minor incident takes place in the streets and Fantine is arrested by Javert, a policeman devoted to law who doesn’t consider Valjean as innocent. Because of the incident Fantine is arrested by Javert. Valjean, who has become known as Mayor Madeleine, forces Javert to release her and takes her into his own house when he hears her story. Fantine soon dies due to poor health and Valjean promises to take care of Cosette. The stories continue on with the lives of Cosette and Valjean. Cosette struggles with her love for a man named Marius while Valjean struggles to stay alive due to the dangerous times of the French revolution; he is also on the lookout for Javert whose mindless pursuits for revenge aren’t discontinued.
*Photos are screenshots by Shanky Baby