TEATRO EXPEDICION DE FILIPINAS
TEATRO EXPEDICION DE FILIPINAS, formerly known as “Expedition Theatre Association Inc.”, a non-stock, non-profit theater organization, is engaged in staging original theatre works such as values-oriented musicals, straight plays and storytelling skits for smart & groovy young children. Expedition Theatre`s commitment is centered on using theater as a medium for entertaining kids and educating them about good old Filipino values and outstanding Filipino literary works.
Expedition Theatre started way back in February 1998 when two dedicated theater enthusiasts, ROSENDO CAMPANO and JOSEPH “JOEY” PARAS, ALIW AWARD 2008 BEST STAGE ACTOR IN A STRAIGHT PLAY and CCP Tanghalang Pilipino Actors` Company Member, thought of sharing with the young students of El Nino de Salambao Academy in Paranaque City their love for art and knowledge in theatre.
This passion gave birth to the group`s initial project which was implemented the very same year---a free summer theatre workshop that taught the young students basic acting, voice and creative movement.
This initial offering was soon followed by the group`s first major production, a full-length Filipino musicale entitled “Si Nora, Si Vilma at si Ako” which was inspired by Nick Joaquin`s “Ibong Adarna VS. Sarimanok”. The said production was staged at the PhilAm Life Theatre which showcased the talented workshop students of El Nino de Salambao Academy.
Soon after the success of the first production, the group started their major mission of educating the unfortunate people specially the poor children about theatre and the arts. The group mounted a special outreach project called “Thanks for Sharing”, which aimed to give free shows and gifts to underprivileged ones during Christmas season.
Now, armed with a clear-cut goal----to travel and perform for the masses, the group has been able to successfully stage special performances in orphanages and provincial schools for the past years. These special performances include the following: “PAANO KUNG HINDI KA NA?” (a fund-raising straight play mounted for the students of Bulacan State University); “THANKS FOR SHARING 2000” featuring the original plays KONTANG, ANG BATANG ASWANG and YVONNE, ANG BATANG IBON (an educational musical show staged for the streetchildren and poor families of Sto. Nino, Paranaque City); “THANKS FOR SHARING 2001” featuring ANG PRINSESANG MAY GINTONG NGIPIN (an interactive storytelling staged for the orphans of Nayon ng Kabataan); “THANKS FOR SHARING 2002” featuring a variety show which starred Ferdie, the MAGICIAN and Kuya Bodjie Pascua and KOKO KWIKKWAK of BATIBOT; “THANKS FOR SHARING 2003” (a Christmas program staged for the orphans of Bahay Maria) and the latest major children`s musicale, “KABABALAGHAN SA ENGKANTAHAN” which was first staged at Stageworx of Shangrila Mall in August 16, 2004, followed by its rerun in October of that same year in Cavite. It was November 27, 2006 when this original play was revived to life on stage, carrying the title “ENGKANTAHAN” which was performed in CP TINGA GYMNASIUM, TAGUIG CITY for the DSWD DAYCARE CENTER STUDENTS and families.
After two years, HANSEL AT GRETEL (Isang Dulang May Awit Para Sa Mga Bata) was given birth for the public to educate them about social economic issues---poverty, hunger and family ordeals. August 9, 2008 marked the beginning of this fairytale adaptation followed by its re-run on October 11, 2008 at SM CITY TAYTAY, Rizal and its Christmas presentation on December 6, 2008 at FTI AUDITORIUM Taguig.
“TALES OF TWO MONSTERS” (A fete of Classic French Tales: Hunchback of Notre-dame & Beauty and the Beast)—Expedition Theatre`s very first English musical twin-bill production marked the beginning of the group`s longest tour. It was toured among the provinces of Pangasinan (Urdaneta) and Nueva Ecija (Cabanatuan) from February 5 to 11, 2009. Hunchback of Notre-Dame was later on produced by Young Artists Productions and had a total of twenty-eight (28) shows under the said group.
Through the years, there could only be one super-objective that this theatre group has ever wanted to achieve and that is to go on voyage and continue the neverending “theatrical expedition.
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