Antipolo City, RIZAL—Ten prenovices of the Bahay-Lingkod-Recoletos displayed their hidden talents and potentials during the  breathtaking three-day Theater Arts Workshop at the Auditorium of the Camillian Sisters in Kingsville Subdivision of this city last August 7-9, 2018.

In his opening remarks, Sir Albert, the workshop director, said: “God isn’t in need of your dance, your acting, your song, etc. At the end of your life He will just ask you one thing: how much did you love through these things?” These words seemed to address the participants’ capacity to worship God through artistic gestures and actions. They were magical words of introduction meant to inspire and calm the outburst of excitement and fear.

First day (Aug. 7, 2018) was quite light. Sir Albert was just clearly imparting kind words of welcoming to everyone. As stage symbols were presented, his orientation gave a vivid itinerary of the said activity. Soon, everyone got the idea he would truly be submerged in the seriousness of theatrical arts while being stirred by that cheer: “We can make it!”

As things were brewing during the 2nd day (Aug. 8, 2018), everyone had come to the better appreciation of such exercise when acting, dance, and mime had their overwhelming integration with the whole body.

Parody continued that day. Yet most participants were not yet quite familiar with what was truly going on within them. Everyone was told that everything would be performed on the third day which would surely require a lavish amount of concentration: Focus!

Third day (Aug. 9, 2018) was a form of recap. Everyone had to go over with those stuffs they had performed earlier but this time, in the front of numerous invited guests. It was a test on how strong they had developed their guts and nerve!

As it was expected, an early taste of “purgatory” came by as it was described as the “Day of Judgment.” This last day caused so much fatigue and nervousness to the point that the participants besought the intercession of the saints. But that was the most memorable day for them. It marked the occasion to showcase their talents through the many given areas.

Indeed, theater arts could be a form of prayer. It can be a way to express gratitude or acknowledgment of one’s indebtedness to the Creator. It further shows how everyone is wonderfully made: though distinct, one complements the other. (Br. Chrislean Rey Pamilaga)

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Fray Robin Ross Plata, OAR

Fray Robin Ross Plata, OAR

Priest/Religious of the Order of Augustinian Recollects in the Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno.