Ateneo Blue Repertory presents “Real Life Fairytales”, a blueREP original play, for it’s 25th season premiere. Real-Life Fairytales is a series of six unique vignettes about how fantastical real life can be, or alternately, how fantasy isn’t so different from real life. Contemporary issues such as mental health, body image, and drug use are examined through the lens of the magical and unusual.
This musical scene-cycle is written and musically directed by a homegrown blueREP talent, Ejay Yatco; who is a composer, musical director and pianist. In 2013, he represented the Philippines in the World Championship of the Performing Arts where he made it to the top 3 and took home a gold and three silver medals. He was also nominated twice for Best Musical Direction and once for Best Music at the BroadwayWorld.com Awards. Lastly, he composed and arranged music for well-known companies such as City of Dreams, PNB, Resort’s World, Bonanza Foods, Pepsodent, Pepsi, SM, Arlington and IBPAP.
Alongside Ejay Yatco, Real-Life Fairytales is directed by Missy Maramara who is a renowned instructor in the Theater Arts Program of the Ateneo’s Department of Fine Arts. She holds an MFA in Drama (Performance) from the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville), through the International Fulbright Scholarship program. Since her return to the Ateneo in 2014, she has directed several plays: blueREP’s “Urinetown“, Upstart Productions’ “Gruesome Playground Injuries“, Ateneo Fine Arts’ “Iphigenia and Other Daughters“, “Authorial Intent” and “The Sound of a Voice“. Aside from drecting, she has also served the theater community through performing in several productions. The most recent are Ateneo Fine Arts’ “Purgatorio“, Dulaang UP’s “The Dressing Room“, Ikarus’ “It’s April What Are We Doing Here“, and New York United Solo Festival’s “Clytemnestra“.
Real-Life Fairytales is choreographed by Franco Ramos who recently graduated on full academic scholarship (ENTRACA) from De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde under the school’s AB – Technical Theater Program. He is entering one of his first solo ventures into musical theater choreography with Real Life Fairytales. He previously choreographed for Here & Thereafter, a Party Worth Crashing production featuring the songs of Kerrigan and Lowdermilk. He also previously co-choreographed for Ateneo Blue Repertory’s Shared Spaces alongside Mica Fajardo.
Experience the world that these individuals have envisioned. Join them and the Ateneo Blue Repertory for their Silver Anniversary’s Season premiere, which seeks to bring urgency, honesty, and even just a little bit of magic to our own reality.
Real-Life Fairytales will run until October 1 at the Fine Arts theater, Gonzaga Hall, Ateneo de Manila University and tickets will cost Php 250 each. You may also contact Mine Sandoval at 09358768970 for inquiries and reservation.