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Director Tzu Yueh: Teamwork is key to success

December 04, 2019 | Jonas Trinidad

As the rehearsal lasts into the night, director Lee Tzu Yeh (right) wastes no time in helping the participants master their parts since there is only two months left before the performance on February 29 and March 1, 2020. 【Photo by Jonas Trinidad】

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  • Despite her initial reservations, overall director Lee Tzu Yueh is confident that the Philippines will be able to hold a stellar Water Performance Text stage adaptation. Teamwork and dedication will be the key, especially with the date of the performance drawing near.

 

After coming to Manila several times in the past few months, the director of the Water Repentance Text production gave the Philippines its report card.

Overall director Lee Tzu Yueh and her entourage of instructors from Taiwan have been helping their Filipino brothers and sisters prepare for the Water Repentance Text stage adaptation. An estimated 1,008 participants are expected to perform on February 29 and March 1, 2020 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. As this is the country’s first time to come up with the stage adaptation, it shouldn’t be a surprise that Lee holds the preparations in the highest standard.

She admits that on the first day of the rehearsals, November 29, she had little confidence in the ongoing preparations. She cites that the late influx of additional participants has them struggling to rearrange the formations. The newcomers have to be taught the cues and actions from scratch which was very time consuming.

“I see the Commissioners and Faith Corps are serious about the rehearsals, but most of them have no idea on how to invite people to join,” Lee remarked.

Other issues such as the language barrier also hamper the preparations. Instructor Chen Ting, in charge of training the local actors, says he struggles with explaining the story of each scene to the actors since most cannot understand Chinese. The actors, in turn, were forced to use the rhythm of the scenes to determine their cues, something they don’t usually do in acting.

Despite these issues, seeing the Filipinos and Chinese interact with each other helped restore Lee’s confidence in the event. She said that there’s no need to bring in actors from Taiwan to augment local talent.

“The potential [among the participants] is very moving, even more if we invite more people to join. I have high hopes that, as long as everyone works together, the stage adaptation will be a resounding success,” Lee remarked.

At the end of the three-day rehearsal, everyone knelt down and prayed for the safety of those that will be affected by the passing of Typhoon Tisoy (Kammuri). The tears in some people’s eyes that Lee saw touched her even more.

The Taiwan production team will return to Manila one last time—days before the date of the performance. For many, this may as well be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to repent for the sins of past and present. That’s why this production is very important for everyone’s concern.

  • The director meets with the team leaders of the preparations of the Water Repentance Text performance. 【Photo by Jonas Trinidad】

  • She pays a visit to the Acting department where the actors are perfecting their respective roles. 【Photo by Jonas Trinidad】

  • In another room, an instructor teaches a local participant how to perform the sign language. 【Photo by Jonas Trinidad】

  • The final day of rehearsals proved the hardest for the director as she has to oversee performers for two stages. In the end, she expresses confidence knowing that the Philippines’ first Water Repentance Text stage play will be a success. 【Photo by Jonas Trinidad】

  • Ending the three-day rehearsal with a prayer to spare the country from the wrath of incoming Typhoon Tisoy (Kammuri). 【Photo by Jonas Trinidad】