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        International touring productions of West Side Story and The Sound of Music to be staged in 
        Manila this year!

Photo credit: Nilz Boehme

           February, 2017 – This year, Manila will be treated to a ‘Season of Maria’ as two international award-winning productions – 
           each featuring ‘Maria’ as the leading lady - come to Manila for the first time: the electrifying classic WEST SIDE STORY and the
           highly-anticipated, legendary musical THE SOUND OF MUSIC!

           Those who register on the TicketWorld ticket waitlist get 10% off and first dibs on seats during the week-long pre-sale 
           beginning 6 March 2017. A season special of 20% off will be available to those who purchase tickets for both shows.

           Both shows will be staged at The Theatre at Solaire,with WEST SIDE STORY premiering on 10 August 2017 and THE SOUND
           OF MUSIC opening on 27 September 2017.

           To add to the exciting news, THE SOUND OF MUSIC will feature 18 stellar children from Manila (six local children cast in three
            rosters), who will be selected from an open audition call. Follow the Concertus Manila page for audition announcements.

           Described as ‘the No. 1 greatest musical of all time’ by The Times, UK, WEST SIDE STORY is inspired by Shakespeare’s 
           tumultuous love story Romeo and Juliet, and is set amidst the vicious rivalry of teenage gangs in 1950s New York.  Its 
           ground-breaking choreography and unforgettable score changed the face of musical theatre for ever when it burst onto the                              Broadway stage in 1957.  This timeless story of Tony and Maria and their fateful love affair remains as relevant today as it has 
           ever been.

           This vibrant new stage production of the classic dance musical has received wild acclaim during sold-out seasons around the 
           world, and now makes its debut in Manila.  An outstanding American cast, many of whom come direct from Broadway, will 
           electrify audiences with their impassioned high-energy dance routines and their astounding vocal range in such classic songs
           as Maria, Tonight, Somewhere, America and I Feel Pretty.  Musical Supervisor is the renowned Donald Chan, who studied 
           under Leonard Bernstein himself, and who leads a live orchestra of 20 musicians.

           In a sweltering New York summer, the boys from the Upper West Side neighbourhood are on the prowl.  Ready to explode at 
           any moment they dance with their girls, the air vibrating with the rhythms of mambo, rock ‘n’ roll and jazz.  They belong to two 
           enemy street gangs ruling the immigrant quarter – the Jets and the Sharks – and a clash is imminent.  The Jets, sons of 
           previous immigrants to America, are fighting the new arrivals from Puerto Rico, the Sharks, for domination of the streets in the 
           area.  Among them, Tony, a Jet, and Maria, sister to the leader of the Sharks, fall in love.

Photo credit: Nilz Boehme

           The action takes place over no more than a few hours of two consecutive days and portrays a love story, action thriller and 
           social study all at the same time.  WEST SIDE STORY tells the tale of a love between two young people whose happiness is                            destroyed by the hate of two enemy camps in New York City’s urban jungle.

           WEST SIDE STORY packs a powerful punch, both dramatically and musically.  With exhilarating choreography by the 
           legendary Jerome Robbins, book by Arthur Laurents, a sublime and innovative score by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by 
           Stephen Sondheim, the show was ambitious in that each of the four aimed to contribute their talent equally and unreservedly. 
           The result was awe-inspiring.  They achieved a unity of music, dance, book and lyrics that no one had ever realised before, 
           and that has hardly been matched since.

           WEST SIDE STORY has been produced three times on Broadway, twice in London’s West End, and enjoyed numerous US, 
           UK and international tours over the last 60 years.  The movie version, released in 1961, went on to win an incredible 10 
           Oscars (including Best Picture) and further cemented the reputation of this undoubted masterpiece.

           Another classic musical, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, tells the uplifting true story of Maria, the fun-loving governess who changes 
           the lives of the widowed Captain Von Trapp and his seven children by re-introducing them to music, culminating in the family’s
           escape across the Austrian mountains as tensions rise prior to the outbreak of World War II. 

Photo credit: Nilz Boehme

  THE SOUND OF MUSIC features some of the most unforgettable songs ever heard on stage and screen, including My Favorite 
           Things, Edelweiss, Do-Re-Mi, Sixteen Going on Seventeen, The Lonely Goatherd, Climb Ev’ry Mountain, and the title song 
           The Sound of Music. Even today, THE SOUND OF MUSIC is considered the world’s most popular musical – an iconic show 
           that touches the hearts of all ages.

           The original Broadway production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and was Rodgers 
           and Hammerstein’s biggest success.  The 1965 movie starring Julie Andrews as Maria won five Oscars, including Best Picture
         , and remains one of the most popular movies of all time.

           This dazzling, critically-acclaimed production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC comes from the home of West End musical theatre – 
           the famous London Palladium – and is produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Company and David Ian 
           Productions, and is presented in Manila by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions and David Atkins Enterprises. 

           WEST SIDE STORY is a Michael Brenner production, produced by BB Promotion GmbH in association with Sundance 
           Productions, Inc. NY, Lunchbox Theatrical Productions and David Atkins Enterprises.

           For sponsorship, corporate nights and bulk buy inquiries, please call (02) 403 86-46 or (02) 403 86-78.

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Text and Photos: Mark Anthony Cabrera
Regis Films with its latest offering Tatlong Bibe tells the story of three friends bound by a common tie --- love for family. Raikko Mateo, Marco Masa and Lyca Gairanod topbill this Pinoy film that will certainly touch hearts of Pinoy families out there.

Tatlong Bibe is a tale that makes us realize that the mundane things out there should be savored and be thankful for. Oftentimes, when we pray, we ask to achieve things and when everything is okay, we tend to forget the One up there. Miracles happen every day, it's just that we tend to overlook it because we get so caught up in our mistakes and our failures. Angel Aquino plays the role of Marko’s mom , Lyca is a kid who is disliked by her father and Raikko Mateo is a close friend of the two.

Featuring three stories weaved into one, Tatlong Bibe centers on love for family --- it’s a testament that no family is ever perfect but despite it we strive to make things better. With a superb cast that includes veteran actor Eddie Garcia, Mommy Dionisia Pacquiaio, Luis Alandy, Rita Avila, Sharlene San Pedro and JK Labajo amongst others, this film will leave audiences feeling good and thankful about life. We sometimes tend to neglect little miracles because of all the negativity happening in our world.

The film opens tomorrow March 1 in selected cinemas.

Love for Family Outshines Everything in "Tatlong Bibe"


Third World Improv and the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) present the Manila Improv Festival 2017 from March 22 to 26 at the PETA Theater Center in Quezon City. This year’s festival will feature performances by international improvisers from Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Osaka, Tokyo, Mumbai and Brisbane, and showcase Filipino improvisers from Manila, Bacolod and Cagayan de Oro.

Created by Silly People’s Improv Theater (SPIT), the Manila Improv Festival (MIF) has earned an increasing following from improvisers, enthusiasts and fans from all over the world. Now on its fifth edition, the MIF has come a long way since its first run in 2004.

SPIT also started the Third World Improv school in 2015, and opened its doors to anyone who would like to experience the joy of improv. This year, 16 improv groups from the Philippines are participating at the festival. This is a definitive sign of our rapidly growing improv scene, further bolstered by TWI’s establishment as the first school in the country dedicated to teaching the art and craft of improvisational theater. Today, TWI is home to
over 100 students, the population of which continues to grow.

The Manila Improv Festival is happy to have found a home with PETA, our partner for three festivals in a
row. This year’s festival is poised to attract an estimated 150 delegates and 4,000 guests to the 38 shows  and 5 workshops at PETA’s performance venues. Tickets and festival passes to performances
and workshops are available through the PETA Theater Center.

“This Might Be Funny”
(Short Form)
Show Description: This show might be funny, sorry in advance.

The Pirates come all the way from Tokyo and Osaka for their third trip to Manila. They formed in Osaka in 2005 and expanded to Tokyo in 2010, where they perform regularly in English and Japanese, and conduct corporate training and improv workshops. This year alone, the Pirates will be performing in Germany, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur,
but are most excited to be returning to Manila.

Beijing Improv (Beijing)

“From China with Love: The Human Zoo”
(Long Form)
Show Description: This character-based long-form will be inspired by your suggestions.

Founded in 2007, Beijing Improv is one of China’s oldest and largest improvised theater organizations. They are also a community NGO; all proceeds from their shows are donated to the international theater-based NGO, Huadan. The mainstage English players produce popular monthly short-form and long-form comedy shows, while the group’s bilingual shows and workshops consistently draw large crowds.

Stage Heroes (Singapore)

“The Story Machine”
Show Description: A one-hour improvised play.

Stage Heroes is a Singapore-based troupe created in 2015 by two passionate actors and improvisers adept with the techniques of Konstantin Stanislavki, Viola Spolin, Keith Johnstone, and Del Close. Onstage they play “The Story Machine”, which treats the audience to a one-hour
improvised play.

Zmack (Shanghai)

Zmack presents “Snap!”
(Long Form)
Show Description: Snap! performs musical improvisation.

Snap! Is a Shanghai-based improv group, originating from the Zmack improv family. Comprised of 7 musical improvisers including a keyboardist, they perform
“The Riff”, animprovised musical long-form based on a random suggestion from the audience.

The 4th Players (Manila)

(Long Form)
Show Description: Tapat (adj.) - truthful, honest, sincere.
T4P4T (improv show.) - The 4th Players for Truth.
An extended examination of truth with The 4th Players.

The 4th Players are a Manila-based improv group and are one of Third World Improv’s featured house teams. With Dingdong Rosales from SPIT as their mentor, they are trained in the deadly art of “Yes, And” and breaking the 4th wall, ready to create and destroy entire worlds at the sound of a buzzer. They are always, always at play.

852 Crew (Hong Kong)

“Welcome to the 852”
(Long Form)
Show Description: Long-form improv, heavily inspired by the popular ASSSSCAT format.

The 852 Crew are a bunch of Gweilos based in Hong Kong who have performed all over Asia.

The Modern Schemers (Singapore)

“Lazer Shark”
(Short Form)
Show Description: Lazer Shark is a love letter to bizarre game shows and a challenge to improvisers: what if, instead of a set list, the performers have no idea what games they’re going to play?

The Modern Schemers is Singapore’s longest-running improv team. They put up wild shows with topics that range from gender trouble to genre parody.

One and a Half Men Improv (Manila)

“Family Three”
(Long Form)
Show Description: Follow the stories of three different families as they try to keep their dysfunctional but lovable home lives intact, all while dealing with a life-changing problem that may reveal how their stories are not as different
as it seems.

One and a Half Men has been practicing the art of improv for three years and began as the first
Manila-based improv group composed of students. Currently, the group is made up of students and professionals, theater majors and practitioners, performing together and spreading joy, one show at a time.

Crammers’ Collective (Manila)

“A Pusoy Kind of Life”
(Experimental Improv)
Show Description: Ever feel that you have been dealt a bad hand? Watch how the powers that be control the lives of our players!

Crammers’ Collective is one of the youngest improv groups in Manila. The group is composed of students and have been performing for a year. They do a wide array of short forms, but will be doing an experimental mid-form for this year’s festival.

Karate Tuesday (Hong Kong)

“The Armando”
(Long Form)
Show Description: The Armando starts with a storytelling-style monologue based on an audience suggestion. Players play improvised scenes inspired by the monologue.

Karate Tuesday is a Hong Kong-based improv group. They were formed in October 2016 by 4 women from different parts of the world.

SPIT (Manila)

(Long Form)
Show description: An improvised beauty contest that is neither about beauty or the contest. Behind the glamour onstage is the more exciting backstage drama.

SPIT is the grand old ma’am/sir of Philippine improv groups. 2017 marks their 15th year of doing improvisational theater not just in the Philippines but also at improv festivals in Shanghai, Beijing, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Amsterdam. They also started Third World Improv in 2015, the country’s only improvisational theater school with over

ImproviJason (Manila)

“Of Pavements and Waterfalls”
Type of Show: Short Form
Show Description: Five Jasons walk onto
an improv stage. Hilarity ensues.

ImproviJason is a five-man group of fans and enthusiasts who discovered improv together under Third World Improv. Though we each come from our own respective troupes, we revel in having fun onstage, letting unbridled geekery shine through our short-to-mid-form games.

Where’s Mariana? (Manila)

“Lost and Found”
(Short Form)
Show Description: See if Where’s Mariana? find what they are searching for through improv comedy.

Where’s Mariana is united by their quirky sense of humor and the desire to find Mariana, a member of their team who is always late. This student group met each other under Third World Improv, where they discovered the hysterical dynamic between high-energy youth and the wisdom of the mature.

Singkit Improv (Binondo)

“Chink Outside The Box”
(Short Form)
Show Description: Oriental offspring of business-minded parents attempt improvisational comedy as they struggle through the normal things in life, like trying not to get kidnapped and resisting the urge to not simply stab their siomai with chopsticks.

Being Filipinos with Chinese ethnicity, Singkit highlights the peculiarities of their subculture in the Philippines. Though most from our community are family entrepreneurs, they want to bring the lightheartedness of improv comedy to this largely untapped (and sheltered) market. If they fail, they will bring shame
to their families.

ImproMafia (Brisbane)
(Long Form)
Show Description: Sometimes you just need to
have the conversation.

ImproMafia is Queensland’s premier improvised theatre company. They’ve spent over ten years entertaining international audiences in Sydney, Adelaide, New York, Manila, Beijing, and Brisbane. Find them performing their exciting short-form comedy, and full-blown off-the-cuff theatrical productions.

6PM (Manila)
“After Hours”
(Short Form)
Show Description: A collection of good and bad life choices put onstage.

6PM is a group of average individuals who strive to remain constantly vulnerable to achieve the extraordinary. At the core of their scenes is a mix of stories and truths from their own lives and experiences. Expect good laughs (and maybe an inappropriate giggle) from these awkward potatoes who take comfort in brutally dropping each other’s deepest, darkest secrets.

MAIS (Manila)
(Short Form)
Show Description: Welcome to the Cornycopia, a place where the children of the corn come to play and create an abundance of aMAISing laughs!

MAIS is the premier improvisational theater group of the Ateneo de Manila University, founded under the guidance of Ateneo professor and SPIT member Missy Maramara.

The Latecomers (Singapore)
“Improv with the Latecomers”
(Short Form)
Show Description: Fast and inappropriate, multi-racial
and colorful.

The Latecomers is a culturally-diverse improv comedy troupe whose members come from all over the world. They are based in Singapore and also regularly perform their fast, colorful, and sometimes inappropriate
shows in Malaysia.

Is It Wednesday Yet? (Manila)

“True the Fire, True the Limit, True the Wall”
(Long Form)
Show Description: Is It Wednesday Yet? is performing The Harold, a long-form improv format of 3 different stories moving forward together in 3 separate acts.

Is It Wednesday Yet? is the pioneering house team of Third World Improv as the school’s first batch of graduates. With the guidance of SPIT member and TWI instructor Aryn Cristobal, they use their personal truths to create scenes and characters as varied and relatable as their personal backgrounds. Contrary to popular belief, they also perform on days that are not Wednesday.

BO$$ (Singapore)

“Show ‘EmWho’s BO$$”
(Long Form)
Show Description: With the audience’s suggestions, BO$$ tells true stories about their lives to inspire fictional stories onstage in a format called the Armando.

BO$$ is Singapore’s first all-female improv team made up of improvisers from the country’s leading improv troupes. They tell stories that are sharp, tragic, warm, hilarious and unexpected through characters who will make you laugh, cry, and ponder life.

One of Us is Drunk (Singapore)

“One of Us is Drunk”
(Long Form)
Show Description: One of the players is impaired.
Figure out which one.

One of Us is Drunk is just that. Before the show, we draw straws and decide who will be intoxicated. We engage in a concoction of Prescott’s design. Once one of us is good and snockered, we hit the stage. Our incredibly supportive and fast-paced montage style make for a really fun show. At the end, the audience gets to guess as to who they
believe is drunk.

DulaangAtenista (Cagayan de Oro)

“No Prob, It’s Improv”
(Short Form)
Show Description: No Prob, It’s Improv is DulaangAtenista’s improvisational act, the only one in Cagayan de Oro, that showcases on-the-spot performances.

DulaangAtenista is the resident theater company of the Xavier University. It produces theater productions as well as improvisational performances in Cagayan de Oro.

Lipstick Therapy (Manila)

“MedyoParang Keri Lang”
(Long Form)
Show Description: Anggrupongmaraming issues.

Lipstick Therapy is a Manila-based improv group and one of Third World Improv’s featured house teams. Mentored by theater actress and SPIT player, TheaYrastorza, Lipstick Therapy tells many estrogen-fueled stories. And yes, they like lipstick a lot.

Switch (Manila)

“Turn On the Fun!”
(Short Form)
Show Description: Switch will perform scenes, games and a song or two based from the suggestions coming from the audience.

Switch began in 2012 after attending a rookie program by SPIT. With the desire to continue improv, Switch continues to learn and connect with their audience through their shows.

Improv Comedy Mumbai (Mumbai)

Show Description: Improviser will take suggestions from the audience and create scenes. These scenes will resemble the entertainment and drama of a Bollywood movie.

Improv Comedy Mumbai (ICM) is an improvisational comedy group from India formed in 2009. Boasting performances from international improv festivals such as Amsterdam, Berlin, London and Toronto, ICM regularly does a range of different shows from short-form games to long-form genre-specific formats such as Improvised Bollywood and Improvised Romantic-Comedy.

ISAW (Manila)
(Short Form)
Show Description: A mixed band of misfits show you street-style improv.

ISAW is a small improvisational troupe of varying ages, sizes and backgrounds. With their penchant for street food, enthusiasm for improv, and commitment to have each other’s backs, ISAW gives you a street-style improv entertainment like no other.

ASAP (Singapore)
“Chicken Soap for the Soul”
(Long Form)
Show Description: An improvised soap opera.

ASAP is a Singapore-based improv team consisting of Isaac Long, Pamy Tan, Joel Chua and Timothy Yeo. ASAP does long-form improvisation and incorporates singing elements into their show.

3 Dudes (Hong Kong)
(Short Form)
Show Description:  Short-form silliness with a
 Hong Kong twist.

3 Dudes Improv was founded in 2011 in Hong Kong. They focus on long-form/free-form scenes and musical improv based on audience suggestions, so each show is entirely new and unique. Miss it and you’ll miss it forever. 3 dudes, 1 show - we have more characters than you can shake a stick at!

Bacolod Improv Group (Bacolod)
(Short Form)

The Bacolod Improv Group is a non-profit,
community-based improvisational theater organization from Bacolod City, Philippines. Although the group was established in 2014, most of its members come from the Kinengkoy Comedy Express, the first improv group in the Philippines established back in 2000. Gaining its independence on January 29, 2015, the group has performed throughout the Visayas aside from having regular Thursday shows that are free of charge.

People’s Liberation Improv (Hong Kong)
(Short Form)
Show Description: Short-form silliness with a
Hong Kong twist.

People’s Liberation Improv (PLI) is a Hong Kong-based English language comedy improvisation troupe founded in 2007. PLI focuses on short-form games, putting their own spin on classics and creating new ones of their own.

Katipunan Improv (Manila)
(Long Form)
Show Description: We’re practicing the development of patient, immersive, long scenes usually initiated
by two players.

Katipunan Improv is a Manila-based improv community, dedicated to fostering the art of improvisation and utilizing its principles in developing transformative minds. Katipunan Improv prides itself in accepting anyone and everyone to their community by hosting open improv jams and workshops, collaborating with different artists and staging free shows around Manila.


PACKAGES                                      NUMBER of TICKETS          DISCOUNT

OPTION 1                                            30-50 tickets                          10% discount of student rate

OPTION 2                                            51-100 tickets                        20% discount of student rate

OPTION 3                                             101 or more                          30% discount of student rate

*Regular Rate: Php 500.00 and Student Rate: Php 350.00


PACKAGES                                    NUMBER of ENROLLEES         INCLUSIONS

OPTION 1                                                  3 students                           1. 10% discount of student rate
                                                                                                            2. One (1) workshop of your choice
                                                                                                            3. One (1) MIF show of your choice

OPTION 2                                          5 or more enrollees                     1. 20% discount of student rate
                                                                                                            2. One (1) workshop of your choice
                                                                                                            3. One (1) MIF show of your choice

*Regular Workshop Rate: Php 1,500.00, Workshop Student Rate: Php 1,250.00


PACKAGES                                                  AMOUNT                                  INCLUSIONS

FESTIVAL PASS 1                                    Php 1,000.00                     1. Three (3) MIF shows of your choice

FESTIVAL PASS 2 Php                                  2,000.00                             1. One (1) MIF workshop
                                                                                                         2. Three (3) MIF shows of your choice


PACKAGES                                      NUMBER of TICKETS                DISCOUNT

OPTION 1                                            20-40 tickets                                  10%

OPTION 2                                            41-80 tickets                                  20%

OPTION 3                                              81 or more                                  30%

*Regular Rate: Php 500.00 and Student Rate: Php 350.00


PACKAGES                                      NUMBER of ENROLLEES              INCLUSIONS

OPTION 1                                                  3 students                        1. 10% discount of student rate
                                                                                                       2. One (1) workshop of your choice
                                                                                                     3. One (1) MIF show of your choice

OPTION 2                                          5 or more enrollees                   1. 20% discount of student rate
                                                                                                     2. One (1) workshop of your choice
                                                                                                    3. One (1) MIF show of your choice

*Regular Workshop Rate: Php 1,500.00, Workshop Student Rate: Php 1,250.00


PACKAGES                                                  AMOUNT                                  INCLUSIONS

FESTIVAL PASS 1                                       Php 1,000.00                  1. Three (3) MIF shows of your choice

FESTIVAL PASS 2                                       Php 2,000.00                       1. One (1) MIF workshop
                                                                                                     2. Three (3) MIF shows of your choice

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