Azure Beach Club is all set to push the envelope further with another event on 22nd August with a one night only event dubbed as “Supper Theater”. Five fantastic theater performers in the country who has performed in numerous box-office productions here and abroad are coming to Cebu. OJ Mariano, Lorenz Martinez, Sheila Valderrama, Sweet Plantado and Carla Guevara-Laforteza will be performing in Azure for a special musical complemented by cocktail and signature Azure dishes served family style, something that hasn’t been done yet in Cebu.
Here’s a short profile of the night’s performers.
CARLA GUEVARA – LAFORTEZA
Known for being one of the strongest vocalists in Philippine theatre and a fearless stage performer, Carla is no stranger in delivering nothing but the best performances, here and abroad. All with critical acclaim, Carla was last seen on the Philippine stage as The Dragon in SHREK THE MUSICAL and as Alice Beineke in THE ADDAMS FAMILY . She has brought to life characters such as Kate Monster and Lucy the Slut in AVENUE Q(Manila and Singapore), Olive Ostrovsky in all 4 runs of THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE (Manila and Singapore), even earning a Broadway World Philippines Best Featured Actress in a Musical nomination for her performance as Guido Contini’s mistress, Carla Albanese in NINE. Other notable Musical Theatre credits include Kim/Gigi in MISS SAIGON (London cast 1995-97), Tuptim in THE KING AND I , Lucy Van Pelt in YOURE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN,Emma in SONG AND DANCE, and Maureen Johnson in RENT. She was also handpicked to be a soloist at Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil’s DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING concert at the Resorts World Manila, singing along side International Theatre Superstars Ms. Lea Salonga, David Harris and Leo Valdez with the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra under the Baton of Maestro Gerard Salonga. Carla is set to be part of the International Touring Cast of SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER The Musical this July.
SHIELA VALDERRAMA – MARTINEZ
An award winning Theatre actress and recording artist, Shiela is both an artist and a businesswoman. The epitome of “beauty and brains”, she possesses one of the most beautiful faces and voices to ever grace the Musical theatre stage. Shiela holds a business degree & is VP of Marketing for export division in their family owned company Marby Food Ventures. In the field of entertainment, Shiela is a very well established musical theater actress, performing lead roles both in the international and local theater stage. She was part of the Touring cast of Rogers and Hamerstein’s CINDERELLA as Lea Saolonga’s understudy, and was part of the opening team of Hong Kong Disneyland as part of the cast of The Golden Mickeys show and The legend of the Lion King. She recently launched herself titled debut album. Recent notable stage performances include, Princess Fiona In SHREK THE MUSICAL, Opening cast of HongKong Disneyland, and as the lead actress “Anna Leonowens in THE KING AND I to name a few. She is also an events host, singer, commercial model and an award winning Recording artist.
SWEET PLANTADO – TIONGSON
Being a Performing artist is just one of the many many talents this lady possesses. Being a member of the Vocal Harmony Group The Company, Sweet is an award winning recording artist. She is one of the most sought after voice and musical theatre teachers and vocal coaches in the country. She is a musical theatre and a Film actress, a wife and a mom. Her theatre career started in 1994 when she joined several musicals with the CCP Tanghalang Pilipino and Trumpets playing various roles. She is also a director and a makeup artist.
Lorenz is a critically acclaimed, seasoned musical theater actor with over fifty productions under his best including international productions such as MISS SAIGON as the Engineer in The Netherlands, Hong Kong Disneyland, and Cinderella Asian Tour playing lead and character roles. Recently played Lord Farquaad in SHREK THE MUSICAL , the romantic lead role Vernon Gersh in THEYRE PLAYING OUR SONG for Nine Works Theatricals, and Luntha in THE KING AND I at the NPAT at Resorts World Manila . Lorenz has also began a directorial career and is set to be part of PETA’s RAK OF AGES.
OJ Mariano started his theatre career when he bested hundreds when he auditioned for the role of Collins for the award winning musical RENT. That role gave him the jumpstart he needed and has now starred and won awards for several other lead roles in RAMAHARI , PRICILLA QUEEN OF THE DESSERT, SWEET CHARITY, FORBIDDEN BROADWAY, MAXIE THE MUSICAL, among others. OJ is also a recording artist releasing an album under Star Records entitled One Dream Come True. For his first album, he received Awit Awards’ 2006 “Best New Male Recording Artist”. He was the second runner-up of the second season of ABS-CBN’s reality singing competition Star in a Million. He has since been welcomed as the newest member of the award winning Harmony Vocal Group, The CompanY.