Photo Flash: Meet The Cast of I REMEMBER A BOY, A Musical Revue
Manila, Philippines--Multimedia company Artist Playground presents "I Remember A Boy," a musical revue featuring Original Pilipino Music's (OPM) classic hits, on Saturday, November 11, and Sunday, November 12, at Arts Above (112 West Avenue, Quezon City).
"I Remember A Boy" follows a group of friends who reunite at a cafe they once frequented during college. At this reunion, they recall how their friendship came together, and how they fell in love and fell apart.
Multi-awarded composer Jesse Lucas is the musical director; Mariella Laurel, director; Ayu Martinez, writer; Roeder Camanag, artistic director; Gerhard Krysstopher Pagunsan, choreographer; Juan Carlo Martin Pacheco, technical director; Joseph Matheu, lights designer, and Willy Munji, sound designer.
Buy tickets (P600-P800, inclusive of one drink) by calling Kim at (63) 975 919 3179.
Meet the Cast
Kathleen Francisco (Shane)
Kathleen Francisco is a 24-year-old freelance performing artist who also doubles as a marketing consultant for various theater and events companies.
At the tender age of six, she broke into the musical theater scene, through Trumpets Playshop in the summer of 1999. Immediately after, she became a Trumpets Playshop Kid along with other young talents who performed in various concerts, television shows, corporate events, and musicals. In those eight years, some of her notable work included "A Grinchmas Christmas Musical" as Lucy Lou Who and "Christmas Spark the Musical" (9 Works Theatrical), the Dunkin' Donuts Christmas VCD (2003), Christian Bautista's "Colour Everywhere" concert, as well as the singing voice of Young Imang in ABS-CBN fantaserye "Kampanerang Kuba" (2005).
After conquering university life, Kathleen decided to take on the stage once again. Since 2015, her most notable theater work include "MLQ: Ang Buhay ni Manuel L. Quezon" (Full House Productions, 2015), "The Little Mermaid" as Princess Sapphire (Trumpets Inc., 2015), "Dog Sees God" as Tricia/Peppermint Patty (Twin Bill Theater, 2016), "Queen Of The Universe" as Sarah Wurtzbach (STAGES, 2017), and "Baby B" as Amy Ocampo (Artist Playground, 2017). Her lin up for corporate events includes major brands such as PLDT, Nestle, Nickelodeon, Jollibee, Johnson and Johnsons, Maybank, Personal Collection, SM Malls, Megaworld, and much more.
Cathrine Go (Kate)
Cathrine Go is a full-time freelance performer, performance-maker, actor, and theater artist-teacher. She won Best Actress at the Sikat Awards in 2013 and was nominated Best Actress at the Aliw Awards in 2016 for Rody Vera's "Happiness is a Pearl." She is one of the resident actors (The Players) of Artist Playground, member of Tag-ani Performing Arts Society, member of The Scenius Pro and Scenius ProActives, and a performer in Party with Jive. She took several trainings for theater and other artistic disciplines at PUP Sining-Lahi Polyrepertory, PETA-MTTL and Artist Playground. It was 2015 when she was chosen to be the Philippine delegate for Dramatic Arts in ROK-ASEAN held at the National University for the Arts, Seoul, Korea. Some of her notable performances include portrayals in "Maikling Dasal, Mahabang Gabi," "Mabuhay ang Bagong Kasal," "Hindi na Muli," "Happiness is a Pearl," "Mulagat," "Prelude to Macbeth." and "M Episode."
Philippe Go (Eero)
Philippe Go is a product of Trumpets Playshop Playhouse and played Papa Ge ("Once On This Island") and Mr. Ostrovsky/Carl Grubenniere ("25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee") in their 2016 and 2017 annual showcases, respectively. His most recent role was with Make Believe Productions where he portrayed the Pilot in their interactive musical adaptation of "The Little Prince."
A chemist by profession, he entered the pop music scene after being chosen by Lea Salonga in "The Voice of the Philippines" Season 2, thereafter becoming known as "The Singing Chemist." This was followed by numerous guesting stints as song interpreter in UNTV's A Song of Praise Music Festival making it all the way to the grand finals in 2015.
Philippe began his musical journey as a chorister, having performed and toured with the Philippine Vocal Ensemble, and is currently active in the Philippine contemporary a capella scene as a tenor in the all-male group Ten Thousand. The group recently competed at the Singapore A Capella Championships finishing second and receiving a Gold Diploma. He performs at events, sings at weddings, and does radio/TV guestings and CrossFit in his spare time.
Jose Henson (Carlos)
Joe Henson, aged 26, is quite new to the professional theater world but not with performing on stage. Coming from a musically-inclined family, he has been exposed to music at a young age and has experience with the stage at 14. The vast majority of his exposure has been in singing in church and performing at Sunday school Christmas productions. He found his passion for theater and the arts in high school when he joined the drama club while he lived in Malaysia. It was there where he tried his hand at script writing, stage management, and directing for the following productions: "Around the World in 80 Days"(2006), "Enchanted" (2007), and "Arianna" (2008). After which, he focused on his studies and performed during worship services for his church.
In college, Joe ventured into the indie-music scene of Manila by performing in several gigs with his friends as a solo artist and doing duets with other up-and-coming artists. He did this while pursuing his degree in Behavioral Science, and later on, he finished his post-graduate studies at DLSU. In 2013, he stopped performing and became a full-time student. After graduating, he then pursued a 9 to 5 job doing public relations and events and eventually got involved in community work.
Mariella Laurel (Ellie)
Mariella Laurel is a freelance performing artist who also finds joy in production work and teaching musical theater for children. She's been gracing the stage through countless opportunities that started at the young age of 9. Sparking her interest in musical theater was her first professional role in a musical as Crystal in Floy Quintos' "Lives." With that growing passion fuelling her love for theater, she actively participated in Brent International School Manila's voice and dance concerts, sang for the choral, and performed in annual major productions such as "The Fantasticks" as Luisa, "Pippin" as Catherine, "Godspell" as Robin, and "Grease" as Marty. She was a singer and officer of De La Salle Innersoul, De La Salle University - Manila's pop vocal group while completing her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts.
Her most notable theater work include "Shrek The Musical" as Baby Bear, Villager, Tap Rat and Dulocian (Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group, 2014), "Lagablab" as Chayong (Artist Playground, 2016), "A Christmas Carol" as Scrooge's Mother/Poulterer (9 Works Theatricals and Globe Live, 2016), "Baby B "as Baby B (Artist Playground, 2017) and "M Episode's Prelude to Macbeth" as Lorna Stewart (Artist Playground 2017). Apart from her theater credentials, she lends her voice to local TV and radio advertisements, hosts and performs for corporate events (Nestle, PLDT, Smart, MegaWorld, Korean Tourism Organization, and SM malls.) and has acted invarious short films, and TV5's "Wattpad Presents" and Hi-5 "Five in the Air."
Miko Manguba (David)
Miko Manguba (born 24 April 1994; 23 years old) is a Filipino musician and is a member and leader of GMA Network's winning boy band Top One Project (T.O.P.).
He made his debut as a singer with organizations at De La Salle University including De La Salle Innersoul and an a capella group called "Taftonic." In 2015, Miko auditioned for the reality show "To The Top," judged by the maestro Ryan Cayabyab and mentored by The Company and the Philippine All-Stars. He ended up being one of the grand winners that was later grouped together and became known as Top One Project (T.O.P.).
In 2016, T.O.P. released its first self-titled album under GMA Records with their carrier single, "Paggising," which became the soundtrack of the Koreanovela "Pretty Woman" on GMA Network. Miko and his group received the Best Duo/Group Artist of the Year award under the PMPC (Philippine Movie Press Club) Star Awards for Music 2016, with fellow nominees such as The Company and Silent Sanctuary. The group had their first-ever concert in October 2016, "T.O.P. in Concert" at the Music Museum with special guests Aicelle Santos and Kim Domingo.
He is currently studying AB Music Production at De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde to pursue this career path. His group T.O.P. is currently the artist for the soundtrack of "Mulawin Vs. Ravena," "Ikaw Nga," with another version by Regine Velasquez.