SMIGT: The pursuit of happiness and happiness in pursuit

After the good critical reception received by the Seniors’ Theater Literacy Program (STLP) Hating Gabi, Artistang Artlets (AA) produced another fulfilling, fun-filled, resonating production which features a conquest of love, friendship, sacrifice, and the fulfillment of dreams.

S36’s Major Production, Si Maria Isabella at ang Guryon ng mga Tala (SMIGT) features the dynamic storyline that tells the adventure of Maria Isabella, a youthful girl filled with energy and the ever-sacrificial Batang Matadero. Maria Isabella’s dream of becoming a star, driven by the urge to be seen by Lorenzo Salvatorre, propels their journey  to find hundreds of materials to make a huge kite for Maria Isabella to be tied to and for her to reach the sky and become one with the stars.

Writer Eljay Castro-Deldoc proved his imaginative skills to be on-point as he managed to squeeze in six decades of friendship in a 45-minute one-act play. SMIGT seeped through the audience’s emotions through its lovely poetic dialogue, eye-catching production design, playful technical direction, and AA’s first-ever execution of shadow puppetry.

The production’s director and also S36’s Artistic Director John Michael Peña provided both technical and methodical direction that enhanced the play’s overall appeal. Production Manager Claire Aquino spearheaded AA’s second production of the season, gathering numerous amounts of audience and keeping the production afloat.

SMIGT was staged last Nov. 15, 16, and 17 at the Tan Yan Kee Audio-Visual Room UST and was also a community development project in partnership with Cecilio Apostol Elementary School.

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Artistang Artlets would like to thank Wazzup Pilipinas, Star Powerhouse, Astig.PH, Theater Fans Manila, TomasinoWeb, Tomasian Cable Television, and The Flame for being our media partners.

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