Saturday, November 29, 2014

The Theatre at Solaire Raises its Curtains with Impressive Performances from Filipino Artists

It is always a pleasure to watch live shows in venues that can make each song, each dance move, or each spoken line be a delightful experience. Last Wednesday night Solaire Resort & Casino raised the curtains of its newest crown jewel, The Theatre at Solaire, and treated guests to various impressive performances  by our very own Filipino artists.  

The Theatre at Solaire
The fan-shaped lyric theater has a seating capacity of 1,760 and is ideal for ALL forms of the performing arts -- be it musical theater, opera, concerto, pop concert, ballet, awards night, competition, circus act, kiddie show, or corporate event. These were showcased to us by different performers who conquered the stage with their individual talents.

Classical Suite

Led by conductor Gerard Salonga and the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, singers from the Philippine Opera Company along with prima ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde and Ballet Manila, wowed us with a Classical Suite composed of songs from the opera and a ballet number.

It was doubly entertaining to also catch sneak peeks of local theater productions in the Original Filipino Musical Suite where Robert Sena, Karylle, Myke Salomon, Isay Alvarez, Aicelle Santos, The Ryan Cayabyab Singers, Manoeuvers, and The Theater Ensemble performed songs from popular show such as Rak of Aegis, Rama Hari, Katy, etc.

Of course, feet started tapping when Sam Concepcion came out singing the Happy song before he was joined by Mercator models, a ballroom dance number by Ednah Ledesma, a black light performance by the Manoeuvers, and gasp-inducing moves by Regine Tolentino and 38 Degrees.  

Back to Tagalog songs, we were treated to an OPM Suite featuring Morrisette Amon, Christian BautistaYeng Constantino, and Martin Nievera. It's always great to hear our beautiful language put to music!

Morissette, Christian, Yeng
Of course, the night wouldn't be complete without a Broadway Suite by THE Lea Salonga who rendered several of her hit Broadway and West End characters' songs. Introduction to the suites were made by Maestro Ryan Cayabyab, Valerie Weigmann, and Mitch Valdez.

The show was seamlessly put together by director Dexter Santos, writer Floy Quintos, production designer Mio Infante, lighting director John Batalla, graphic designer Ga Fallarme, and sound engineers Rards Corpus and Jaime Godinez.

Solaire President and COO Thomas Arasi, VP for Brand and Marketing Jasper Evangelista, and Director for Entertainment Audie Gemora were present to further explain to guests the many features of The Theatre at Solaire, which boasts of the best light and sound equipment.

Original Filipino Musical Suite
This is the first theater in the country and among a few in the region that is equipped with the Constellation Acoustic System exclusively provided by Meyer Sound. This groundbreaking technology combines patented algorithm, advance digital processing, and miniature transducer technology to provide optimal yet flexible acoustics in building design. It enables the acoustical properties of a room to be altered to suit the nature of the event taking place -- all with a touch of a finger.

The backstage facilities are equally impressive. They include 12 fully furnished dressing rooms, an accommodating green room/pantry, a multipurpose rehearsal studio, a black box performance space, laundry and wardrobe rooms, production offices, and an extensive TV monitor and communications systems.

Audie and Lea
The stage will delight serious performers because it is complete with a same-level loading dock, ample wing space, 62 fly lines, a trap door area, and a versatile orchestra pit with hydraulic systems. This comprehensive suite of cutting-edge features is supported by complementary facilities such as Solaire Box Office with an automated online ticketing system, The Theatre Store, The Theatre Cafe, and The Theatre Bar, all of which are meticulously laid out on the Foyer.

ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra
Now, the stage is all set for more stellar performances in the coming days as a new era in the arts and entertainment  scene emerges. Make sure to catch a show at The Theatre at Solaire soon!

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