Tapping for Happy Feet the Musical

Jan 21, 2014 by

Performing as Ramon the Spanish speaking Chicano in Happy Feet the Musical sucked the sugar out of me. Having stayed onstage without exiting for a little more than 45 minutes while dancing, singing and acting tested my few remaining body organs — whether they’re in full working condition or not.

19 shows, packing a theatre with roughly 700 people per show. Only COLEGIO DEL SAGRADO CORAZON DE JESUS can do a show this long, this much in Iloilo. No other school-based theatrical production can beat it. If someone claims so, they’re lying. The production had one set of performers. No alternates. I should have gotten a Tony nomination for my performance as Ramon.

Daz me az Rrrramon.

Daz me az Rrrramon.

Doing Happy Feet was one of the best achievements of my theatre career. I was working with first-time musical theatre performers who are all students of Sagrado. Their energy, enthusiasm and commitment to the project carried us through in sustaining the excitement throughout the process. It was an experience that renewed my love for performing because seeing the kids enjoy every bit of their parts made me realize that beyond the technique and experience, a performance is really instinctive. Everyone’s just spontanyu-us!

Sustaining the chicano energy for the second act almost killed me, but we continued leaping, and singing and roughing it up all for the sake of fun!

Sustaining the chicano energy for the second act almost killed me, but we continued leaping, and singing and roughing it up all for the sake of fun!

Last Friday, January 17th, Happy Feet dropped it’s curtains for a brief respite. We are finalizing our plans of reopening a few more runs in February as more schools have requested for additional shows. It’s such a blessing to get an overwhelming positive feedback from our audiences; mostly comprised of kids. This tells us something about the unchanging nature of kids to be really inclined in the arts despite the extreme effects of digital influences to the younger generation. The arts can still get through anybody’s heart, if art is done the right way.

If you missed Happy Feet, you can always look forward to seeing our next production come August.

The three stoogypenguins: Ramon, Mumble (played by Gawainne Selloriquez) and Chicano (Ronald Baldelovar)

The three stoogypenguins: Ramon, Mumble (played by Gawainne Selloriquez) and Chicano (Ronald Baldelovar)

 

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