CATS in Manila
Turn your face to the moonlight,
Let your memory lead you,
Open up, enter in,
If you find there the meaning of what happiness is,
Then a new life will begin…”
I used to sing and act (a little) during school days. They call it “Teatro San Antonio”. I was not able to pursue this passion, though through the years, it was still in my heart.
Almost 10 years ago, working in a theme park requires talent, creativity and passion to entertain. The Entertainment Dept. of course in in charge of that, though the rest of the Departments like ours (Retail Operations) must uphold to the same goal. To entertain. And we did! There’s this annual inter-departmental competition to come up with a presentation (maximum of 12-15 performers) based on a specific theme. For 5 straight years. We won each year except for a certain year. Not bad, thats 4/5 wins! (–,) And we were able to establish a certain popularity. They would earlier suspect, that what we’re going to perform is something we took from Broadway. It has become our “Tour de Force”. The riddle is. what play would it be? We did “The Lion King”, “Ms. Saigon” (I was Kim! (–,)), “Grease” among many others. One of my favorites is “CATS”. You wouldn’t believe, I played “Jemima”.
After a few years, a friend of mine happily announced to me that Cameron Macintosh is bringing in “CATS” in Manila! I could not believe it but knew than whatever happens, I am going to see it! What made it more special, is that our very own Ms. Lea Salonga will play the lead role of “Grizabella”.
I finally did. I watched it with my soul buddy who willingly accompanied me because she herself likes Broadway hits as well. I’m so happy! We also tagged another friend. The more, the merrier.
As I was watching it, it brought me back while we were doing it, and it was a mixed-feeling. Had a lot of “I could haves” and always wondered why I did not pursue the passion (which eventually died a natural death) of performing on stage. I guess it’ll forever haunt me. From that, I learned, that we should always pursue what we love. Whatever it takes.
We were ecstatic, yelling (yes, yelling and screaming but of course at the end of the show!), there was a standing ovation at that time, and there have been good reviews which paved ways to more shows be brought in the Philippines. Yey! (–,)