EVER since Ayala Land, Inc. (ALI) planned in 2012 to convert former Sta. Ana racecourse in Circuit Makati, it also aimed to position itself as an arts, entertainment and culture district in the city. In service of this goal, ALI has opened the new Samsung Performing Arts Theater.
Ayala Land had been working on the project since 2017, and it was originally scheduled to open in June 2020.
“It is very important for the public to access the installation,” said Christopher, general manager of Samsung Performing Arts Theater. Mohnani said at the July 5 press and tour launch. “We’re in the middle of a place where you have lifestyle options, dining options, and entertainment options. It’s also great because before and after watching a performance, you have other things you can do.
“We also wanted to have a theater that could host world-class performances,” said Ayala Land Vice President Mel Ignacio. “Circuit [Makati] is the most suitable location as it is positioned to be the arts, culture and entertainment district for Makati.
“Samsung supported the construction of the theater with sponsorship…[Samsung] is known for his technological innovations and he is also a supporter of the arts. They have supported sites all over the world,” Ms. Ignacio said.
Designed by US-based theater project consultants and sound design experts Akustiks, in partnership with GF & Partners Architects and Calliston RTKL Architects, the Samsung Performing Arts Theater is 10 stories tall and features a 1,500-seat show venue divided into four sections: orchestra, dressing room, balcony 1 and balcony 2. Its stage is built with Harlequin suspended floors.
The theater’s back room includes a rehearsal room the same size as the performance space and dressing rooms that house 90 mirrors.
Other facilities in the building include a ticket office, gift shop, and the Cua Patrons Lounge, a private function room for intimate gatherings. It also has concession areas on all floors with theater entrances and restrooms on either side of the building on each level.
“We envision it to be the home of Filipinos and global talent. It is a place that can compete with the best performance halls around the world. We want it to be a place where Filipino artists will be proud to perform. We want them to feel a sense of prestige,” Ms. Ignacio said.
The new theater will officially open on July 14 with an 8-8 p.m. performance featuring Filipino theater artists Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, Bituin Escalante, Shiela Valderrama, Christian Bautista, Rachelle Gerodias, Gab Pangilinan, Irma Adlawan, Bart Guingona, Jamie Wilson, Reb Atadero, Myke Salomon, Steps Dance Studio, the Mandaluyong Children’s Choir and the Manila Symphony Orchestra. The performance will also feature the cast of the Filipino musical Mula Sa Buwan and a video presentation of the traveling production of we will Rock You. Mula sa Buwan and international musical we will Rock You are the first shows to be staged at the Samsung Performing Arts Theater.
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Mula sa Buwan will take place from August 26 to September 11. According to Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac and the Filipino translation of Soc Rodrigo, the musical is set in 1940s Manila. It follows the heartbreaking love story between Cyrano, Roxane and Christian in the midst of war. Directed by Pat Valera, it features original lyrics and music by William Elvin Manzano and Pat Valera, who also wrote the book.
The performance of the musical on September 4 at 7:30 p.m. will have Filipino Sign Language (FLS) interpreters with subtitles. For more details, visit msbtickets.net/communityshow.
Meanwhile, the revamped production of the musical we will Rock Youbrought by GMG Productions, will run from October 27 to November 20. The musical follows two revolutionaries as they try to save rock ‘n’ roll in a post-apocalyptic world, and features 24 of rock band Queen’s greatest hits, including “Under Pressure,” “We Are The Champions “, “Radio Ga Ga”, “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Another One Bites the Dust” and “We Will Rock You”. The production is directed and choreographed by Olivier Award nominee Nick Winston. Tickets are available at ticketworld.com.ph or 8891-9999.
In accordance with COVID-19 hygiene and safety protocols, wearing a mask, presenting vaccination cards and temperature checks are mandatory at the entrance. — Michelle Anne P. Soliman