At the moment that I was prepping up to watch my first ever theater play, it dawned on me how some countries like South Korea and Thailand have turned to the arts and entertainment for products to export and ail the economy since DVD copies of their films and TV drama series are tangible products worth exporting too. Some local television networks have taken advantage of this business strategy too and it only came naturally for me to see Philippine theater following suit.
Here's the thing - it's still a different matter altogether whenever it's a locally-penned musical that gets exported with the Filipino cast along with it as compared to importing Broadway or West End musicals aired on local theaters with Filipinos included in the cast.. You know what I'm saying?
The Filipino performer is naturally talented, gifted even. Our talents are not limited to providing the manpower needed to bring a musical to vibrant and vivacious life. We can write our own material as proven with the recent musicals released like Zsa Zsa Zaturnah Ze Muzikal and Rak of Aegis.
Both musical plays may have been in Tagalog but that only shows the ingenuity of Filipino writers. Philippine theater has the capability to go global and it seems as if everyone is just waiting for somebody to step up to the plate.
Artists Theater Company accepted the challenge and put their best foot forward in order to come up with a Philippine-produced musical that would be launched in the Philippines and followed with an Asian tour - a move I highly laud knowing that the Filipino can do better as long as the guts to accomplish it exists
I think that's the appropriate term to use when doing something daring: guts. No guts, no glory indeed.
I was discussing this over with a friend online about the opportunity for Filipinos to go global with the help of originally-produced theater productions. Although I agree with her about having some Filipino-based stories for the sake of showcasing the beauty of our culture and how certain misconceptions still persist in being Filipino, Marco Polo The Musical is still a commendable first step worth taking in order to prove to the world that the Filipino artistry is not in supplying the manpower alone when it comes to musicals. Like what I wrote above, we can write our own material. Going global with the help of going local gives a new positive spin on going back to your roots in order to rediscover your own history.
I think it also helped that such opportunities spark up the nationalist in me. Why not take the world by storm one Philippine production at a time?
For inquiries, please visit the official website of Marco Polo The Musical for details.
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