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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Nov 5, 2015

Trumpets Stages 'The Horse And His Boy', The 5th Book From 'Chronicles Of Narnia', About A Talking Horse & An Orphan Boy

TRUMPETS has staged a successful musical version ot “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” from C. S. Lewis’ well loved “Chronicles of Narnia” even before Hollywood came up with its own movie version. Now, they come up with their own take on the Chronicle’s fifth book in the seven-book series of novels, “The Horse and His Boy”."The Lion, The Witch" is about the four Pevensie children. In "The Horse and His Boy", the main characters are a boy, a girl and two talking horses. When the orphan boy Shasta learns he is about to be sold as a slave, he and his talking horse escape from their land called Calormen and meet a girl and her talking mare. When they learn about the plan of Calormene to invade Archenland, they warn the king of Archenland about the impending invasion.

The cast of the play all enjoyed experiencing the show’s action-filled, physically taxing battle scenes, especially those who play the roles of horses. “It was a great challenge for us actors to do these exciting scenes on stage,” says Reb Atadero, who plays the title role of the boy Shasta. “The play has some extraordinary demands and it was all truly a test of skills, but me and my co-actors are all confident that we were able to give justice to the demands of our respective roles. The play is about conquering obstacle that block your way in your journey and that is exactly what we encountered also in mounting this spectacular play.”

Reb has appeared in various important stage presentations before like Sandbox Collective’s “Dani Girl” and Repertory’s “The Graduate”. Playing the talking horse, Bree, is Joel Trinidad, who has won several awards for his work in theater as an actor, director or writer. Cara Barredo has been tapped to play the female lead role, Aravis, who is actually a princess in disguise, while Jill Pena plays Hwin, the talking mare.

Join the epic journey of “The Horse and His Boy” in a world full of wonder and adventure as it opens tonight at Meralco Theater, written by Luna Grino Inocian and directed by Jaime del Mundo. Get your tickets from ticketworld.com.ph or the Trumpets office at 901-4364. You can also visit their Facebook Page, “The Horse and His Boy by Trumpets”.