Photo Flash: Jaygee Macapugay, Garth Kravits And Paulo K Tirol On The Set Of THE LANGUAGE LESSON
School of Rock's Jaygee Macapugay (Soft Power, Here Lies Love) wants to tell Filipino American stories through musical theatre. Below are behind the scenes photos of The Language Lesson, her debut musical short film (as both producer and lead) based on the music & lyrics of Paulo K Tiról. (Tiról's Filipino immigrant song cycle, On This Side of the World, was recently presented by Prospect Theatre Company at the Greenwich House Theater last February.)
Produced in collaboration with Executive Producer Lia Chang of Bev's Girl Films, The Language Lesson is directed by Garth Kravits (Gettin' the Band Back Together, The Drowsy Chaperone) and features choreography by Karla Puno Garcia (Hamilton).
The Language Lesson stars Jaygee Macapugay as Jenny and Deven Kolluri as Professor Nadal. Carol Angeli, Taylor DeNapoli, Aaron Jay Green, Rashaan James II, Jessie Lawyer, Natalie Leonard, Kaleo Nadal, Luana Psaros, Anastasia Shulgina, Katie Shults, Michael Sylvester, Miles Wilkie, Virginia Wing and Minami Yusui are featured as students/dancers.
According to Macapugay, "Working on Paulo's music has been one of the greatest privileges of my career. I wasn't sure if I should release the film because I didn't want to be insensitive to the virus crisis affecting the world. But this film, shot on location in New York City, celebrates diversity in the arts right now- a Filipino American story written by a Filipino American composer and featuring a FilAm choreographer, Asian American leads, and fourteen gorgeously diverse actor/dancers. Even our producer, band, hair/make-up team, and craft service are comprised mainly of artists of color.
Editing the film prior to today's release made me nostalgic for last month, where my friends and I were all in a room, creating in a space where we weren't worried about social distancing, hand sanitizing, or even hugging.But no virus is going to stop artists from creating. I see that every time I look at my Facebook or Instagram timelines. Most importantly, our film is about the feeling you get when you fall in love, and I think there's never a bad time for the world to hear a message about love."
The creative team includes Garth Kravits (Director, Director of Photography, Editor), Paulo K Tiról (Music & Lyrics), Karla Puno Garcia (Choreographer), Jessica Wu (Unit Production Manager, Live Sound Recording), Eric Elizaga (1st Assistant Director), Jorge Robayo (Grip), Dorothy Bhadra, Giuliana Brandon (Hair/Make-Up), Caylie Rose Newcom (Associate Choreographer), Ali Ewoldt (Production Assistant), Lia Chang (BTS Photography), Jen Dadivas Hong (ESL Consultant) with catering provided by Jeepney.
The film score was recorded live at Yes It Is! Studios by Engineer and Mixer Garth Kravits, with Music Director Ian Miller on Piano, Chris Peters on Guitar, Billy Smolen on Bass, Garth Kravits on Drums and Jonathan Cuevas on Cello.
Click here to watch the film on Broadwayworld.
Photo Credit: Lia Chang
Paulo K Tirol and Garth Kravits
Dorothy Bhadra and Jaygee Macapugay
Paulo K Tirol
Back Row: Dorothy Bhadra, Virginia Wing, Caylie Rose Newcom, Minami Yusui, Aaron Jay Green, Carol Angeli, Jaygee Macapugay, Paulo K Tiról, Garth Kravits, Eric Elizaga, Michael Sylvester, Jessie Lawyer, Kaleo Nadal, Deven Kolluri.
Front row: Ali Ewoldt, Luana Psaros, Natalie Leonard, Jorge Robayo, Anastasia Shulgina, Taylor DeNapoli, Katie Shults, Miles Wilkie, Jessica Wu.
Back row: Rashaan James II, Aaron Jay Green, Miles Wilkie, Luana Psaros, Katie Shults, Minami Yusui, Kaleo Nadal, Giuliana Brandon, Anastasia Shulgina.
Front row: Virginia Wing, Caylie Rose Newcom, Carol Angeli, Natalie Leonard, Jessie Lawyer, Michael Sylvester, Taylor DeNapoli
The cast and creative team of THE LANGUAGE LESSON
Catering by Jeepney
Catering by Jeepney
Catering by Jeepney