Article by: Mae Kirkpatrick
Poster by: Trisha Pazcoguin
As the school year progresses, one of the most anticipated cultural events that happens annually at ISM approaches nearer. This year, the high school play performed is the touching musical, Blood Brothers. Blood Brother tells the tale of two brothers, Edward and Mickey, separated at birth due to a family superstition, who bond together once again through friendship. Both brothers lay at opposite ends of the social spectrum; Edward living a privileged lifestyle, while Mickey is poverty stricken and forced into a life of crime. The musical explores Mickey and Edwards’ story as they battle social divisions, get twisted in a love triangle, and attempt to hide their familial relationship from their superstitious guardians. As the storyline is so intricate, BT covers just what it really takes to be a part of a musical.
Rehearsals for the play occur for three days weekly from three to five, although main characters commit to the rigorous daily rehearsal schedule. In addition, rehearsals may occur on Saturdays from 8am to as late as 6pm. Max Hobbins, a sophomore in the play, quoted that one of the most challenging aspects of the play for him was that “with the amount of time we have, it’s necessary to get the scenes right first time, so remembering lines is really key.” Senior, Robbi Sy, reciprocated feeling that in adding, “It’s actually really hard to make it sound natural. I have to practice my lines everyday so it becomes instinctual when onstage.”
Many debate whether being a part of the HS play is more difficult than training for a sport. For Marco Meily, who is both an athlete and an actor, stated that personally he felt that “as an athlete, sports run a lot of parallels to being in a musical. For example, knowing how to be vocal and use your breath effectively to help your craft. Even the long hours and hard work are similar.”
Despite these difficulties, all agreed acting in a play is extremely rewarding. Max Hobbins felt it was “knowing that you gave it your all and that you translated the story through your emotions,” that really benefitted him. Patricia Asaka added that another rewarding aspect was “making new friends and getting along with people you never thought you’d get along with.”
The actors all revealed the play is filled with an abundance of emotion, so they hope for the audience to be able to laugh, cry and smile throughout. Blood Brothers is previewing on the 9th, 10th and 11th of October at the Fine Arts Theater and tickets are already being sold for 150PHP for students, and 300PHP for adults.