For a seasoned theater veteran like Tanya Manalang, who has played the role of Kim in “Miss Saigon” in London for two years, the idea of performing back home in the Philippines before the Filipino audiences is a most welcoming thought. This is why she was absolutely thrilled and excited to be given the opportunity to be a part of the popular musical “Rak of Aegis.”
According to an entertainment.inquirer.net article, however, Manalang said it’s a real challenge for her to do “Rak of Aegis” because it’s her first Filipino musical. After getting used to “Miss Saigon” and acting using the English language, she found it “challenging to be mouthing so many lines in Filipino” in the Peta musical. In fact, Manalang said that there was a point wherein she spent a time crying in frustration for getting stressed out because she would get tongue-tied.
Of course, her experience with “Rak of Aegis” remains a special one which is why she’s more than up to the challenge in spite of the difficulties. The performances began last June 17 and will last up to August 28 for a total of 82 shows. Although the musical a different kind of challenge for her, Manalang said that portraying the lead role Aileen is appealing to her because she can relate to the character’s youth. As for the technicalities of her performance, she said that her experience in playing Kim in “Miss Saigon” helps a lot in terms of belting because a lot of her scenes in the London musical were emotionally driven. Although many feel that the challenge for actors in “Rak of Aegis” would be the belting required singing the songs featured in the musical, Manalang said that’s really not the case because there’s a lot of storytelling involved in the play. Regardless, she is just happy to be performing in her first Filipino musical, and we're quite sure she'll be a joy to watch.
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