Saturday, June 7, 2014

The Sandbox Collective's "Dani Girl" at RCBC Theater | July 11-27, 2014

For its launch production, Manila’s newest performing arts collective, The Sandbox Collective, will be mounting the groundbreaking Off-Broadway musical Dani Girl – an uplifting tale about a young girl’s battle with leukemia. Directed by Toff de Venecia, the show will run for 15 performances from July 11-27, 2014 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati City. 

Far from sitting back and letting her condition take over, nine year-old Dani Lyons, whose cancer has returned after three years of being in remission, sets off on an imaginary quest with her guardian angel Raph, her film-obsessed roommate Marty, and her teddy bear Mr. Fritz, to get back her hair after losing it to chemo, and find the answer to the question, “Why is cancer?”

9 year-old Dani Lyons (played by Rebecca Coates) is fondly embraced by her mother (played by Pamela Imperial at certain performances).

Rebecca Coates Mitzi Lao alternating as Dani Lyons
Lorenz Martinez & Reb Atedero alternating as Raph
Sheila Valderrama & Pamela Imperial alternating as Dani's Mother
Luigi Quesada as Marty

Told from a child’s perspective, this provocative, new musical by Michael Kooman and Christopher Dimond (winners of the 2010 Jonathan Larson award, established in the memory of the Pulitzer-prize winning composer of RENT to infuse the theater with new, contemporary, urban vitality), explores the universal themes of life in the face of death, hope amidst despair, and the peerless power of a child’s imagination.

The show has played at sold-out houses Off-Broadway, as well as in fringe theater festivals and regional theaters across Australia, Canada, and the United States. Dani Girl  will be making its Asian theatrical premiere through The Sandbox Collective.

Lorenz Martinez (left) and Reb Atedero (right) are alternating as Raph, Dani Lyons' imaginary BFF and guardian angel. The character plays a total of 13 characters including Darth Cancer.

“We are very privileged to be re-imagining this bold, new musical for our local audiences,” shares Toff de Venecia, The Sandbox Collective managing artistic director and Dani Girl director (whose credits include Ateneo Blue Repertory’s Little Shop of Horrors for which he was nominated “Best Director” for Broadway World Philippines, 13 the Musical, A New Brain, and 9 Works Theatrical’s You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Repertory Philippines’ Wait Until Dark as assistant director). “The songs are beautifully crafted; the story, a bit dark but positively uplifting; and the production, promising to stretch you to the limits of your imagination. This is theater for new audiences.”

Toff de Venecia (Direction)
Ejay Yatco (Musical Direction)
Delphone Buencamino (Movement & Chorepography)
Faust Peneyra (Set Design)
Maronne Cruz (Costume Design)
Melton Roxas, Jr. (Lighting Design)
Giselle Garcia (Dramaturgy)
Myrene Santos (Hair & Makeup Design)

The Sandbox Collective's Dani Girl (Full Trailer)

Dani Girl is presented by The Sandbox Collective; presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.; with special participation of My Apt. by Heima, and media partners: Chalk, Metro, Metro Society, Working Mom, MYX.PH, Focus Media, and The Manila Bulletin.

For show-buying, block-buying, and ticket inquiries, please contact 585-6909 or 0917-8996680, or call Ticketworld at 891-9999. 

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