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Repertory Philippines’ new Rapunzel musical is a whimsical experience

Repertory Philippines’ new Rapunzel musical is a whimsical experience

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  • Repertory Philippines’ (Rep) Theater for Young Audiences revisits the classic, whimsical adventure of Princess Rapunzel in “Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale.”
  • The play will run from September 15, 2018 to January 27, 2019 at Onstage Theater, Greenbelt 1, Makati City.
  • Theater veteran Joy Virata directs this production, featuring the story, music and lyrics by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman.

We all know the staples of Rapunzel: an estranged princess with long blonde hair imprisoned by an evil witch in a tower, until a prince comes along, climbs up the tower using her tremendously strong-slash-long hair, and rescues her from being trapped – straight fairy-tale and mushy. But REP’s new Rapunzel musical undertakes a feeling of ‘groundedness’ and childishness, which makes it more relatable both for young audiences and those young at heart alike.

Putting in pop culture references and elements, “Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale” is a musical play we should spend our free days for. Seeing it live last September 15 at Onstage Theater, Greenbelt 1, Makati City for its premiere, here are a few notable things that make REP’s Rapunzel even more weekend-worthy.

  • Musicality at its best

Packed with great musical talents, “Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale” would definitely be enjoyed by seasoned theatre-lovers and first-time watchers alike. Priding itself with the music and lyrics by internationally known Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman (see: “How I Became a Pirate”), the over-all musicality of the play is memorable for its solid melodies, easy to remember and groovy.

The songs vary from classical theatre renderings and pop. Notably, the play is starred by actual professionally-trained singers in the country: Cara Barredo, Bituin Escalante, Mikkie Bradshaw, Justine Narciso, Alyssa Rosa, Carla Guevarra-Laforteza, and many more.

  • Uniquely weaved characters

The characters are comical and one can only expect having a good laugh while watching the musical play. Apart from being gifted with beautiful voices, the characters are equally given the necessary quirkiness which makes the play relatable for a more modern audience.

Lady Zaza, the villain and Rapunzel’s aunt, poses like the popular ‘Red Queen’ – an air of meanness comes in her gestures, but a retained silliness is noteworthy for her character. The supposedly brave prince, Sir Roderick, is notable for his chicken-heartedness as he journeys to find the lost princess – a new take on how a prince in fairy tales should act.

His sidekick, of course, is one unique character as well – a feminine hairstylist named Edgar (tagging along Sir Roderick to find the most beautiful hair in the world), equally fainthearted as they get in the “deep, dark, dank, dismal, dreary forest” to find Rapunzel. Of course, the main character, Rapunzel, has her own quirks too, elegant but grounded, having a fair share of funny lines as well (not to mention, she actually likes Beyoncé).

  • An interactive play and a very detailed production

The theatre play involves its audience. The entire auditorium is basically the characters’ stage. The characters asks questions to viewers (especially to kids), making sure they are having a good time. They sing and dance around the theatre, even sit beside with the viewers.

On the whole, watching the play is like being part of the characters’ world – Rapunzel’s fairy-tale world. Apart from this, the production is commendable for its details. Everything is well-made from the backdrops, costumes, and props. The colors are complementary, sending a vibe of gaiety – very Filipino for its festive features.

  • A constantly changing cast

Yes. The casting changes for each show. Basically, since the play runs from September this year to January next year, the play aims to feature different sets of actors. This means, essentially, that the show doesn’t repeat itself – which is a good treat for groups of family and friends who managed to see the show on different dates to have a point of discussion (and not to mention, to see the play once more).

There are five (5) Rapunzels, three (3) Lady Zazas, three (3) Socrates (the funny dragon who accompanies the princess), three (3) Sir Rodericks, and many more – all going around from the same cast or ensemble. Truly, with this mechanics, we won’t be able to get enough of “Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale.”

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By and large, “Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale” is just a very beautiful yet simple story – staying true to the original narrative but finding its own voice and texture, truly ideal for children and those who are young at heart. For show dates and tickets, call REP at (02) 843-3570 or Ticketworld at 891-9999, or log on to www.ticketworld.com.ph.

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Top 20 Famous Public Domain Characters Commonly Used As Masterplots

Top 20 Famous Public Domain Characters Commonly Used As Masterplots

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With the recent controversy surrounding the GMA Network series Alyas Robin Hood, the term “public domain characters/story” has been brought to people’s consciousness. After the recently concluded Kapuso action drama series was highly criticized for allegedly being a rip-off of hit American TV series Arrow, its creative consultant and developer was quick to defend their story as an original spin-off of public domain character Robin Hood.

In an interview with an entertainment website and also through her clarification on her Facebook page, GMA Network’s Suzette Doctolero said Alyas Robin Hood is not a copy cat nor a rip-off of American TV drama Arrow because it was taken out of the story of Robin Hood which is a master plot or a public domain character.

This story has prompted The Dailypedia to look for characters or stories that fit the description “public domain characters/stories.” Here are 20 of the most famous public domain characters and or stories that we gathered.

1. Robin Hood

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An English folklore, the earliest story of Robin Hood was dated back in the 1400s. His story is famous as the man who robs the rich to give to the poor. Known Pinoy-related stories include Titong Robin Hood (Movie) – 1965, Robin Good (Movie) – 1991, Robin Dude (TV Series – TV5) – 2013, Alyas Robin Hood (TV Series – GMA Network) – 2016

2. Zorro

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The secret identity of Don Diego de la Vega, a fictional character created in 1919 by Johnston McCulley. Known Pinoy-related stories include Tulume Alyas Zorro (Movie) – 1983, Zorro (TV Series – GMA Network) – 2009

3. Dracula

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Gothic horror novel by Irish author Bram Stoker about the Vampire Count Dracula written in 1897. Known Pinoy-related stories include Darakula (Movie) – 1982, Huwag mong buhayin ang bangkay (Movie) – 1987

4. Quasimodo (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)

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The fictional character and protagonist in Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. Known Pinoy-related stories include 12 Kuba (Movie) – 1963, Kampanerang Kuba (Movie) – 1974,Kampanerang Kuba (TV Series – ABS-CBN) – 2005

5. Sleeping Beauty

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One of the oldest fairy tales written by Charles Perrault and the Brothers Grimm, it involves a beautiful princess, a sleeping enchantment, and a handsome prince. Earliest version of the story is dated back to 1330 – 1344. Known Pinoy-related stories include “Nahihimbing na Kagandahan” – Mga Kwento Ni Lola Basyang (movie) – 1985.

6. The Little Mermaid

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Story of Danish author Hans Christian Andersen about a young mermaid willing to give up her life in the sea and her mermaid identity to gain a human soul. It was first published in 1837. Known Pinoy-related stories include Marina (TV Series – ABS-CBN) – 2004, Marinara (TV Series – GMA Network) – 2004, Mutya (TV Series – ABS-CBN) – 2011, Aryana (TV Series – ABS-CBN) – 2012.

7. King Arthur

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A lengendary British King who got into possession of a magical sword known as Excalibur. The story was said to be written by Geoffrey of Monmouth in 1130’s. Known Pinoy-related stories include Panday (TV Series – ABS-CBN) -2005, Panday (TV Series – TV5) -2016, Panday (Movies) – 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1993, 1998, 2009.

8. Aladdin

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A middle eastern tale about an impoverished man who got his fortune from a genie inside a magic lamp. It is one of the most popular tales in The Book of One Thousand and One Nights (“The Arabian Nights”), as was actually added to the collection in the 18th century by Frenchman Antoine Galland. Known Pinoy-related stories include Inday Bote (TV Series – ABS-CBN) – 2006, Inday Bote (TV Series – ABS-CBN) – 2015.

9. Romeo and Juliet

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A tragic romance about two young lovers who belong to feuding families. It is one of the most popular works of William Shakespeare betweek 1591-1595. Known Pinoy-related stories include Got To Believe (TV Series – ABS-CBN) – 2013, Pangako Sa’yo (TV Series – ABS-CBN) – 2000, 2015, Villa Quintana (TV Series – GMA Network) – 1994, 2002 and 2013, Romeo and Juliet (Movie 2006), Imortal (TV Series – ABS-CBN) – 2010, Walang Hanggan (TV Series – ABS-CBN) – 2012.

10. Pinocchio

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One of the most celebrated children’s story, it is about the mischievous adventures of an animated marionette named Pinocchio created by his woodcarver “father”. Pinocchio is popular as the kid whose nose become longer whenever he lies. It was written in 1883 by Italian writer Carlo Collodi. Known Pinoy-related story includes Honesto (TV Series – ABS-CBN) – 2013.

11. Lupin

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A fictional gentleman thief, also a master of disguise created by French writer Maurice Leblanc in 1905. Known Pinoy-related stories include Lupin (TV Series – GMA Network) – 2007

12. Cinderella

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One of the most popular fairy tales, it tells the story of an young girl who was oppressed by her step mother and step sisters and found her fortune with the glass slipper. The most popular version was first published by Charles Perrault in 1697. Known Pinoy-related stories include Tasya Fantasya (Movie) – 1994, Prinsesa ng Banyera (TV Series – ABS-CBN) – 2007, Tasya Fantasya (TV Series – GMA Network) – 2008, Grazilda (TV Series – GMA Network) – 2010, Be Careful with My Heart (TV Series – ABS-CBN) – 2012, Tasya Fantasya (TV Series – TV5) – 2016.

13. Beauty and the Beast

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Another traditional fairy tale, it was written by French novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve in 1740. It is a story of a young beautiful lady who fall in love with a beast. Known Pinoy-related stories include The Last Prince (TV Series – GMA Network) – 2010, Moon of Desire (TV Series – ABS-CBN) – 2014.

14. Tarzan

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A fictional character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs, first appeared in the novel Tarzan of the Apes in 1912. It’s about a man who grew up in the jungle under the care of apes. Known Pinoy-related stories include Starzan (Movie) – 1989.

15. Mowgli (The Jungle Book)

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A fictional character in The Jungle Book story by Rudyard Kipling in 1894. The story focus on a child left by his parents in the jungle after a tiger attack. The kid was then taken care of by a family of wolf. Known Pinoy-related stories include Ula ang Batang Gubat (TV Series – IBC13) – 1990, Noah (TV Series – ABS-CBN) – 2010.

16. Snowhite

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A German fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm published in 1812. A story of a young girl who fall into sleep under the curse of an evil witch. It is also known for characters like the seven dwarfs and the magic mirror. Known Pinoy-related stories include Pinokyo and Little Snow White (Movie)- 1972, Snow White Lady and the Seven Ghosts (TV Series – GMA Network) – 2011.

17. Sarah (A Little Princess)

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A children’s novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett published in 1905. It is the story of Sarah Crewe, daughter of a wealthy widower who was enrolled in a boarding house in London under the care of Miss Minchin. Known Pinoy-related stories include Sarah Ang Munting Prinsesa (Movie) – 1995, Sarah Ang Munting Prinsesa (TV Series – ABS-CBN) – 2007

18. Rapunzel

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A German fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm first published in 1812. It is the story of a lady with long hair trapped in a tower. That long hair is the one she let down to let her lover climb.

19. Thor

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A character based on the Norse mythology God Thor. He’s known for his magical hammer which he used in fighting his enemies. He also has the ability of flight and weather manipulation.

20. Frankenstein’s Monster

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An English novel by Mary Shelley in 1818 about a young scientist Victor Frankenstein who created a grotesque but sapient creature/monster.

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Pinoy Celebrities and their cartoon lookalikes, Version 2.0

Pinoy Celebrities and their cartoon lookalikes, Version 2.0

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It’s not the first time The Dailypedia featured celebrities and their cartoon character lookalikes.

Are you ready for another round?

1.) Ruby Rodriguez and Meg Griffin

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Ruby Rodriguez is a Filipino actress and host of the longest running variety show Eat Bulaga. Meg Griffin is the tritagonist of the Family Guy franchise.

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