Saturday, February 25, 2012

Ateneo Blue Repertory's "Bare: A Pop Opera" (February 29-March 10, 2012)

In line with its 20th anniversary, the Ateneo Blue Repertory of the Loyola Schools Performing Arts Cluster proudly presents Bare: A Pop Opera. The Off-Broadway musical narrates the story of two boys at a Catholic boarding school as they struggle through the challenges their clandestine love brings.

This play was first staged by Blue Rep in 2009 having sold out 3-week run. The theater group has decided to revive Bare as the featured season finale for school year 2011-2012, showing on February 29 to March 10, 2012 at Teatrino located at The Promenade in Greenhills, San Juan.

Bare: A Pop Opera centers on a group of high school seniors at a Catholic boarding school, facing issues of sexuality and personal identity. The show revolves around the clandestine romance between Peter, an altar boy, and Jason, the school’s golden kid. While Peter feels they should make their relationship public, Jason worries they won’t be accepted and is further troubled by the advances of the popular Ivy. Nadia, Jason’s overweight, sardonic sister, and Matt, Ivy’s ambitious suitor, join their story, which resonates with the many of us who have suffered the scrutiny of a prejudiced world.

With book, music and lyrics by Jon Hartmere Jr. and Damon Intrabartolo, Bare: A Pop Opera tells the emotional story of how these teenagers come to terms with who they are and who the world thinks they should be, seeking answers from the Church, their friends and, ultimately, from within themselves.

Bare: A Pop Opera ran at the Hudson Theatre in Los Angeles, California from October 2000-February 25, 2001. The New York production of Bare: A Pop Opera at the American Theatre of Actors off-Broadway, ran from April 19-May 27, 2004. The Los Angeles production and the New York production were both directed by Kristin Hanggi.

Blue Repertory's BARE: A POP OPERA


(right) Jaime Barcelon as Jason
   (left) Bibo Reyes reprising the role as Peter

 Maronne Cruz as Ivy

Cassie Manalastas reprising the role as Nadia
Orange Sanchez as Matt 
(alternating with Franco Chan as Matt)
Mark Bernardo as Lucas

Franco Chan & Maronne Cruz

Jenny Jamora reprising the role as Claire, Peter's mother
    Rem Zamora reprising the role as Sister Chantelle, an African-American nun

The ensemble: 
Jussy Peรฑa as Tanya, Lucas's girlfriend
Mikah Franco as Kyra, the sexy student
Mica Fajardo as the naive Diane Lee
Raisa Tabusalla as the sarcastic Rory
Jian Kho as Zack, the jock-type student
Gabriel Perez as the nerdy Alan
 Lara Antonio as Louise
Luigi Du as Jakob
CJ Francisco as Seth
Bernice Reyes as Mary Jane
Dar Uy as Daniel

Bare: A Pop Opera is directed by Ana Abad Santos. She also directed its first run of Bare in 2009. 


February 29 (Wed) - 8pm
March 1 (Thur) - 8pm
March 2 (Fri) - 8pm
March 3 (Sat) - 3pm/ 8pm
March 7 (Wed) - 8pm
March 8 (Thur) - 8pm
March 9 (Fri) - 8pm
March 10 (Sat) - 3pm / 8pm

Onyl Torres (Musical Director for Vocals), Abi Sulit (Assistant Musical Director for Vocals), Joseph Tolentino (Musical Director for Band), Carlon Matobato (Choreographer), Leeroy New (Set Designer), John Batalla (Lights Designer and Technical Director), Jethro Joaquin (Sound Designer), and Raven Ong (Costume Designer).

Tomik Tendero (Company Manager), Nina de Leon (Production Manager), Loraine Macatangay (Co-Head Stage Manager), Tricia Javier (Co-Head Stage Manager), Wrench Canicosa, Meg Yatco, Nick Fortuna, Claude Flores (Stage Managers), Rosa Leon Lumagbas (Costume Stylist), Jie Dela Paz (Assistant Technical Director), KL So Chan (Costumes Technical Director), Kina Casino (Lights and Sounds Technical Director),  Claude Flores (Set and Props Technical Director),  Asami Kobayashi (Logistics Head), Abbey Manliclic (Finance Head), Aina Pacificador (Documentations Head), and Chiz Jardin (Front-of-House Head).

Toots Tolentino (PR & Publicity), Gala Sanchez, Aldrich Alcantara and Luis Marcelo (Promotions and Marketing) and Jojit Lorenzo (Photography).
For tickets, inquiries and other information, please contact Chiz Jardin at +63.916.5787618 or email For show buying, please contact Luis Marcelo at +63.917.5025847.

Bare: A Pop Opera is sponsored by Big Better Burgers, Cerealicious, Cha Dao Tea Place, Freeform Printing, Intersection Bar and Cafe, Mile Hi Diner, Sicilian Express, and Tunog at Liwanag sa Teatro. Media partners include Business World, Click the City, Manila Bulletin, Monster Radio RX93.1, Philippine Daily Inquirer, and Philippine Paradise Pages.  It is also brought to you by Angel's Pizza Pasta Combo, Boardwalk, Energizer, Evans, Figlia, Folded and Hung, Jockey, Sbarro, and 101 New York. Special thanks to Aperture Society and Jonathan Matthew Salon.

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Bare: A Pop Opera is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW), 570 Seventh Avenue, Suite 2100, New York, NY 10018.

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