Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) will present a special run of CAREDIVAS – AN ORIGINAL PINOY MUSICAL to pay tribute to all overseas Filipino workers (OFW) beginning June 24 until July 30, 2017 at The PETA Theater Center.
CAREDIVAS is a disarmingly funny and candid musical drama about 5 transgender Overseas Filipino Workers in Israel who work as care givers in the morning and transform into glamorous drag queen performers at night. While desperate to make ends meet, they also struggle to search for acceptance in a foreign land.
What really makes or breaks a caregiver ?
Caregivers, also known as home health or personal care aides, give assistance to people who are sick, injured, mentally or physically disabled, or the elderly and fragile. Caregivers must be compassionate, possess stamina, and very conscious of time management. Their job descriptions include bathing and bathroom functions, walking and light exercise, plan and prepare meals, feeding, grooming, taking medication, and some housework like making beds and change linens, dusting and vacuuming, laundry and ironing. They also make and keep appointments with doctors, provide or arrange transportation and serve as a companion for their clients. Caregivers might need to lift clients into the bathtub, cars and into bed, and need strength. They help their clients engage in activities (games, memory books) and most of all, companionship.
The theme of ‘caregiver’ as a job coupled with its ups and downs have been adopted with varying plots that center on the family in film, television, radio, print – novels, poetry, essays; visual arts and in theater.
PETA has has a long history of creating plays that give focus to the plight of the millions of unsung heroes of the country. In 2008 PETA produced Karaoke Dreams – a musical comedy on Filipino migration in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
A few years later, CAREDIVAS was produced and premiered in 2011. The musical dominated the 2011 Philstage Gawad Buhay! Awards, bagging seven trophies including Outstanding Musical Direction, Outstanding Musical Production and Outstanding Ensemble Performance for a Musical.
Subsequently, CAREDIVAS continued to be produced in April 2012 in partnership with Repertory Philippines and most recenty last February 2017 to open PETA’s 50th anniversary.
Hopefully, this forthcoming run will entice our OFW heroes who have returned to our country to watch the musical together with their families because CAREDIVAS is specially dedicated to them.
Playwright Liza Magtoto will take the audiences to the day-to-day life of a caregiver as portrayed by the main characters: the kind and loving Chelsea, the often-sarcastic group leader Shai, the ditzy Thalia, the bubbly Kayla, and the ill-tempered Jonee.
Under the direction of Maribel Legarda, giving life to the major roles are well-respected theater actors Melvin Lee (Chelsea), Vince De Jesus and Ron Alfonso (Shai), Dudz Teraña and Jason Barcial (Thalia), Gio Gahol, Jerald Napoles and Ricci Chan (Kayla), Thou Reyes and Phil Noble (Jonee).
The actors in their supporting roles are Myke Salomon (Faraj, David, Daniel), Paul Holme and Leo Rialp (Isaac, Moshe, Yaakov, Club owner), Joan Bugcat and Gold Villar (Nonah), Eric Dela Cruz and Dom Miclat-Janssen (Avi, Aryeh, Pulis), Sherry Lara (Sarah, Adara), Eko Baquial and Joseph Madriaga (ensemble).
Vincent De Jesus’ musical score promises to be both heart-tugging and fun but endearing with various songs that weave in and out of the story.
The artistic team of CAREDIVAS are as follows: Maribel Legarda (Director), Liza Magtoto (Playwright), Vincent De Jesus (Lyricist, Composer, Arranger, Musical Director), Leo Abaya (Set Designer), Jonjon Villareal (Lighting Designer), John Abul (Costume Designer), Carlo Pagunaling (Assistant Costume Designer), Carlon Matobato (Choreographer) and Gimbey dela Cruz (Vocal Coach).
The schedule of CAREDIVAS are from Fridays (8 pm), Saturdays and Sundays (3 pm and 8 pm).
For inquiries and ticket reservations, contact PETA Marketing and Public Relations Office at Tel. No. 725-6244, [email protected] or TicketWorld at 891-9999, www.ticketworld.com.ph.