Friday, October 25, 2013

Upcoming ‘Rak of Aegis’ rock comedy musical based on popular band’s songs

By Edwin P. Sallan,
Original Article can be found HERE



With seven studio albums and three compilation records that have gone either gold or platinum and yielded such signature hits as “Luha”, “Halik” and “Basang-Basa sa Ulan”, no other pop-rock group has connected with the Filipino masses as Aegis has.

Only April “Boy” Regino comes close to the phenomenal “jukebox” following of the band known for their passionate performances and the distinctive high notes of husky-voiced sisters Juliet and Mercy Sunot that most other singers consider as unreachable.

It was only a matter of time before a musical based on their songs would be staged. And it’s no surprise that the Philippine Educational Theater Association is the theater group to spearhead it. Hot on the heels of their successful collaboration on “Care Divas”, award-winning playwright Liza Magtoto and PETA artistic director Maribel Legarda are teaming up again for “Rak of Aegis”, PETA’s latest rock comedy musical.

Actor-musician Myke Salomon — best known for his beatboxing skills and flair for comedy as one of the members of the Sabado Boys along with Jimmy Bondoc, Luke Mejares and Paolo Santos — will arrange the Aegis songs for the musical.

Set in a subdivision that has been flooded for two months, “Rak of Aegis” will revolve around the love interests of the main characters, whose names are derived from those of Aegis band members as a tribute to the band.

In addition to the Sunot sisters, Aegis includes a third Sunot sibling, Ken, also on vocals, Stella Galindo on keyboards, Rey Abenoja on vocals and lead guitar, Rowena Pinpin on bass guitar and Vilma Goloviogo on drums. As per their official Facebook page, the band continues to actively perform and have posted photos of their recent performances in Europe and America.

Audition callbacks for the musical as posted by Myke Salomon on Instagram.

PETA held a three-day audition for the top roles last September 25-26 and October 10 where aspiring cast members were required to perform Aegis hits like “Halik”, “Luha” and “Sinta”, and to read portions of the play.

Several theater actors and TV personalities have tried out for the roles. Although the theater group did not specifically name names, a check with tweets related to the musical revealed that names like character actor Jerald Napoles (who played Derek Ramsay’s best friend in TV5’s “Kidlat”), comedienne Cacai Bautista, and singer Jonalyn Viray of the vocal trio La Diva have been mentioned as among those who auditioned.

“I was pleasantly surprised with the number of those who auditioned, including TV personalities, which made me more excited to do it,” Legarda said. “It only means that there are people who really love the music of Aegis.”

Catch Rak of Aegis on March 1, 2014 | Saturday | 8PM | PETA
Ticket Prices: 1000 (VIP), 800 (Orchestra)
and 600 (Balcony)

For reservations, contact:  Onay 0917.908.0565
Robert / RC Marzan 0922.888.5348
Jayme del Rosario 0927.202.2017
Ma-Ann Alimagno 0917.593.5895
or Buena Elizondo

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