Life’s a Stage

I like watching plays[1].  For one reason, every action and every line on stage is done by an artist’s interpretation. A play may resemble a story in real life but its presentation will never be something close to real life.  Theater follows some conventions that are not applied in reality. We don’t sing when we talk to people like those in musical theater. When we talk to ourselves, we don’t speak out loud, the way an actor delivers a monologue.  Of course, concerts are also an artist’s invention that gets instant reaction from audience. But in theater, all elements on stage are intertwined. The panels on stage, the lights hanging, the actors moving on certain directions, the props, and the costume are not separate elements but all fall in a collaboration. And this leads me to compare life like theater.

Shakespeare All the World's a Stage
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Life is like theater. It is not a series of random events. It is an organized chaos. When a crowd quarrels on stage, they do not look in disorder. It involves  some blocking and choreography. All these; fingers pointing, eyes squinting, walking from downstage to upstage are building a story. A story is a series of interrelated events.

The Choice by Chancel Repertory Theater
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Everything that is on stage is there for a reason. Actors are taught to enter the stage with a reason. Actors don’t show the audience that they enter on cue. Professional actors do not show movements because those are part of their choreography. They dance because they are happy. A prince enters the stage because he is going to meet his princess. Sometimes, an actor does not know how to execute what the director wants him to do. When he dances on stage, all the audience can see are dance routines. He has the moves but he does not have the mind of the choreographer. He does not know the reason he is speaking his lines or doing a movement.  In occasions like this, the actor perhaps might be shortsighted on what the director wants to achieve on a scene. He does not know  the story or perhaps he does not know how he can contribute to the story.

In life, we may be like this actor. We cannot do what is required. We question circumstances in our lives. We just have to trust our Director above, who sees the entirety of  every scene in our lives, that everything we do will fall in the right place. For we are merely players as Shakespeare said. Sometimes, we are poor in wisdom that we cannot see the bigger picture and the bigger reason. We just do not have the mind of our Director.

Treat life as a stage. Do your part or do some parts. Have faith in your Director that all the things you do will work accordingly. Whether you are working on the sounds and adding lights in stage, singing in a chorus, God is weaving a beautiful story in you.


[1] (My professor Theater 100 in college said, “You don’t watch a ‘play’. You read a ’play’ and watch a ‘performance’. Perhaps for academic purposes, this is how they use the word ‘play’ but for some publications like guardian, the ‘play’ is the play we know”)

The Choice

The Choice  by Chancel Repertory Theater
The Choice

Like stories of  legendary heroes,  the crucifixion of Jesus Christ has been retold in many ways and in different places.  As we know, passion plays are performed during holy week.  Some made their own material. Some had revisions and adaptations. Some for academic purposes,  and some for religious purposes, some for performance sake.

Because of  the story’s familiarity, a play about Jesus Christ tends to be boring and dragging.  Its predictability may not excite people.

Chancel Repertory Theater  stages The Choice, a musical play depicting the time of Jesus Christ. But the superstar of the play is not Jesus Christ. The story revolves around the character, Marcus, a Roman soldier. He then who fell in love with a Jewish girl, Hannah.  Hannah then introduced Marcus to Jesus to heal his servant and Hannah’s uncle, Amaziah.

It may be another play about Jesus but what makes it more substantive is that  it contextualizes the status  of Jesus in his time. It goes beyond the crucifixion. It gives audience a clear picture on why the crucifixion is not a simple truth. To describe  it as heroic is not enough to show the significance of  Jesus being nailed on the cross.

Unlike other plays, its language is very accessible. The choreography has  a modern touch. The music weaves the story and conveys  a message pleasing to the ear.

If you have time, I hope you get to watch the play. I’m grateful to be part of this production whose commitment and passion are worthy of admiration.

Original book, lyrics and music by Robert & Cindy Sterling

Adaptation by Pamela Imperial & Steven Conde

Schedule:

Sept. 23, 2012 (Sunday) – 3pm Hope Christian High School / 730pm UECP – Venue

Oct. 13, 2012 (Saturday) – 730pm Chancel Repertory Theatre – Music Museum, Greenhills

March 30, 2013 (Saturday) – 3pm and 7pm GCF Ortigas – Venue : GCF Ortigas Auditorium A –

May 04, 2013 (Saturday) – 730pm Ansi Corp. – Meralco Theater

May 05, 2013 (Sunday) – 3pm Chancel Repertory – Meralco Theater