When in Manila, I remember watching my first musical theatre play with my then boyfriend at Shangrila. it’s the first then and as sweet he was then till now, he sent me to multiple Broadway and Off Broadway Musical shows which happened like a whirlwind romance from Miss Saigon to Chicago and Les Miserables at New York City. I love Lea Salonga and watched Miss Saigon for 6 times with different songbirds playing different Kims. Now back in the Philippines, our home of the free and land of the brave, we have Trumpets and on its 23rd year, Trumpets, Asia’s first professional gospel theater group stages its big musical comeback, “Bluebird of Happiness” which aims to teach its audience the valuable meaning of true happiness.
“Oh my kids would love this show for Trumpets is known for its blockbuster musicals for the whole family but other than providing entertainment value, Trumpets makes sure that every material they stage has an eternal message that audiences can take home with them. This brand new, proudly Filipino, musical adaptation of the Belgian play by Maurice Maeterlinck, with book & lyrics by Jaime del Mundo and music by Rony Fortich, is highly anticipated to have everything audiences love in a family show: delightful story, colorful characters, beautiful music, fantastic production design, brilliant staging, hearty laughs, touching moments and a valuable lesson.”
Chimmy (Mytyl) and Anton (Tyltyl)
To this day, people still have a never-ending desire for happiness and they go to great lengths to try and find it. Audie Gemora, president of Trumpets says, “Nowadays, people do not know what will make them happy anymore, we seek material things and do crazy things that sometimes make us forget what is essential.” He adds, “Sometimes happiness is already staring at us in the face but we sadly do not recognize it.” This is the reason why Trumpets sees the importance and timeliness of this show. “Everyone in this world is looking for happiness in one form or another and through this musical we hope that the audience sees themselves reflected in the lives of the central characters, Mytyl and Tyltyl.” says director Jaime del Mundo.
The show’s happy director, Jaime del Mundo
Mytyl and Tyltyl are two poor children who embark on a magical adventure in search of a mythical creature called the bluebird of happiness. They are accompanied by their dog, their cat, and a candle in human form named “Light” who help them on their journey. Together, they explore wondrous and mysterious lands and meet interesting and enchanted characters in their quest for true happiness.
They visit “The Land of Memory” where they encounter their long dead grandparents, “The Palace of
Night” where nightmares and horrors creep from dark corners, “The Forest” filled with trees who have a grudge against humans, “The Land of Luxury” that holds all kinds of riches and bounty, and “The Land of the Future” where sadness is unknown and “The Graveyard” where they must face their worst fears. Despite of all the places they visit they end up where they started and find that the “Bluebird of Happiness” is right in their own home.
Mayen Bustamante-Cadd who plays Mama Tyl, the children’s mother;
Lynn Sherman and Robie Zialcita as Tylette and Tylo, their pet cat and dog who are magically given human form to be their companions;
Jennifer Villegas-dela Cruz as Berylune, the fairy who starts them on their quest for true happiness;
Carla Guevarra-Laforteza as Light who provides illumination to their path;
Joy Virata and Steve Cadd as Grandma Tyl and Grandpa Tyl, the children’s grandparents whom they meet in the Land of Memory;
Joel Trinidad as Night, the dark villain who plots the children’s failure;
and Raymund Concepcion as Father Time, whom they meet in the Land of the Future.
Mytyl will be played by Alessa Zialcita and Chimmi Kohchet-Chua. Tyltyl will be played by Anton Posadas and Guido Gatmaytan.
Trumpets, with help from its friends from, Imatech, PLDT, Ayala Malls, McDonald’s, Silya, Sound Design, Kink Cakes, and Canadian Bed Linens, bring to life the story of Mytyl and Tyltyl who go on a magical adventure to look for the bluebird of happiness. After visiting different worlds and fantastical characters along the way, they find that the bluebird is in their home all along. The show which runs from September 27 – October 20, 2013 is also made possible by valued media partners, BusinessWorld/HerWord.com, Northern Living, Philippine Star, 105.1 Crossover, 98.7 The Master’s Touch, Light TV, MYX, Velvet, BroadwayWorld.com, FemaleNetwork.com, SmartParenting.com.ph, and WhenInManila.com.
“The Bluebird of Happiness” soars at the Meralco Theater from September 27 to October 20, 2013. For tickets, contact the Trumpets office at 901-4364 or TicketWorld at 891-9999 or www.ticketworld.com.ph. For more details, Like the Official Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/BluebirdbyTrumpets) and Follow the Official Twitter Account– (@TheBluebirdMNL)
Bluebird of Happiness- The newest Musical from Trumpets