A Christmas Carol: Interview with Yek Barlongay

Article by Sally Jang

With the Christmas season in full swing, Manila theatre-goers have a wide selection of plays to enjoy with their family and friends. Among them is 9 Works Theatrical’s production of the beloved Christmas classic, ‘A Christmas Carol’. With a combination of new and returning cast members from last year, A Christmas Carol promises a production with more grit, more depth, and more spirit, while staying faithful to the story.

ISM is very lucky to have one of its own faculty members, Ms. Maria Eleanor Barlongay (more affectionately known as Ms. Yek on campus), as a part of the production team. We sat down with Ms.Yek and asked her a few questions about what we could expect from the play, and why she thinks the production continues to be so well-loved by the audience here.


Q: What should people expect from the play?

Ms. Yek: A lot of mystery, magic, and miracle. The musical blends original music with majestic visuals to present a twist on the classic tale. One highlight is the magical visit of the 3 extraordinary spirits: the cool and mysterious ghost of Christmas Past, the eccentric and jovial ghost of Christmas Present and the grim and frightening ghost of Christmas Future. They each haunt Ebenezer Scrooge in one last attempt to convince him to change his ways.


Q: Why does “A Christmas Carol” remain such a well-loved show that continues to delight audiences worldwide?

Ms. Yek: ‘A Christmas Carol’ is not your usual nor cloying Christmas tale. It encourages the audience to ponder and reminds us all that there are far more important things in life than personal wealth. Compassion and forgiveness are the main themes of this musical, which I might say is what the world needs right now.


Q: What is your favorite part of being on the production team?

Ms. Yek: Getting into rehearsals, working and interacting with the professionals.  I like watching them seriously getting the tap dance choreography. Watching them sing, dance, and act all at the same time but still maintaining their composure. The process is really very exciting and entertaining. Plus, I love that I get to watch it any time for free!


Q: What are you most excited about?

Ms. Yek: I am excited to see the full show with lights, live orchestra, set design, and performers in their Victorian inspired costumes.


Q: Is there something people should look forward to during the play?

Ms. Yek: My dance choreography! And… have you seen snow in the Philippines? Well, you will if you watch A Christmas Carol, The Musical at Globe Amphitheater, BGC Central! You have all the weekends of December including Christmas Day. You can get the tickets at Ticketworld. And so just like Scrooge, we hope you, too, will find the true meaning of Christmas.


Folks who want to end their year with a bang should definitely go see this year’s rendition of A Christmas Carol. The musical will have its run from the 7th to the 27th of December, at the Globe Iconic Bonifacio High Street Amphitheater, located in 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City. Tickets are available at Ticketworld.net, and are priced at P2000 for reserved seating.

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