It was such a great experience for me participating in this show which was the culmination of the East West Player’s Studio Lab Project- The Marriage of Cruz & Chu: Our Big Fat Filipino-Chinese Wedding Banquet as part of the Arts Education program headed by Marilyn Tokuda. With the support of the Artistic Director Tim Dang & the Board of Directors, this project would not have been possible. Our Director & teacher, Leslie Iishi noted that audience support of the artists’ creativity is critical in nurturing talent and growth of the artist.
The cast consists of old & new students from the EWP’s Actor’s Conservatory. It’s interesting to see how the old students had took on an informal mentoring role to the new students w/ the teacher’s nudging. It’s quite a process. The cast also took on production responsibilities which I think was important to make any performer grounded about the totality of the production. The guest artists were just awesome. They had helped out with their time & creativity to make this project a success, too.
The day of the performance itself was quite something. I’m always in awe of how a good production unfolds before your own eyes & things just all comes together. The East West Volunteers were very professional & had boundless energy to give.
The audience’s positive response was very satisfying to any performer & there’s a possibility of having this show being restaged so I’m appealing for your support again.
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“THE WEDDING PARTY”
ROMEO CRUZ (the Groom) – Vance Lanoy
JENNIFER CHU (the Bride) – Miho Ando
DAVID WANG (the Best Man) – Jhemon Lee
TRACY HART ( the Maid of Honor) – Khristine Palomo
ROSARIO “ROSIE” CRUZ (Mother of the Groom) – Thea Ivens
ROBERT LEWIS CHU (Father of the Bride) – Willie Wu
ERIC CHU (Groomsman/Brother of the Bride) – Patrick Chien
PREMAR SANTIAGO (Groomsman) – Chris Calumpong
JOSEPH GARCIA (the Ex-Boyfriend) – Art Dumindin
LEEONG (the Minister/Wedding Singer) – Jimmy Matsuki
Special Guest Appearances
ELAINE LE – Marcy Hiratzka
KAREN WU – Carin Ka-Yan Chea
FRANK (Wedding Planner)- Greg Watanabe
The Nisei Widows Club Ladies:
Written & Developed by the Director & the Students of the Studio Lab Project
Director – Leslie Ishii
Arts Education Director – Marilyn Tokuda
Stage Manager – Justin Fisher
Set Designer – Thea Ivens
Graphic Designer – Jimmy Matsuki
Costume Designer – Marcy Hiratzka
Costume Assistant – Andy Apuy
Crew – East West Volunteers:
Gordon Lee, Jessica Yang, Halley Kim, Ana San & Chon Lee
* Special mention to Elpidio Ebuen in participating for the Cruz-Chu Slideshow