BlueRep’s “Real Life Fairytales” off to Korea

July 03, 2017

Cindy (Monica Gamboa), Allie (Marga Crisostomo/Alecx Lorica) and Ariel (Rion Reyes) concocting an instant weight-loss potion in "Skinny" by Gabbi Campomanes against Anissa Aguila's magical set and Miyo Sta. Maria's fantastical lights

Ateneo’s Blue Repertory (blueRep) will be bringing their original play “Real Life Fairytales” to South Korea to compete in the 11th Daegu International Musical Festival.

“Real-Life Fairytales” enjoyed a successful run as blueRep’s 25th Season Premiere.

It is a series of 5 vignettes about contemporary issues such as mental health, body image, and drug use as examined through the lens of the magical and unusual. These stories talk about the ugly truths that are hidden deep beneath the seemingly perfect surface, aiming to bring awareness to the issues that people find difficult to confront.

"I look my problem straight in the eye..." Carla (Vic Robinson), Lionel (Franco Ramos), and Tim (Marc Baluyan) help Dot (Maronne Cruz) make a choice in "Take-Off" by Helene Enriquez.

This musical scene-cycle is inspired by songs composed by homegrown blueRep talent and award-winning pianist, Ejay Yatco, who also musically directs the show.  The vignettes are written by students, Gabbi Campomanes, Helene Enriquez, Stephanie Escuadro and Robyn Jereza under the guidance of the show’s director, Missy Maramara, instructor in the Theater Arts Program of the Ateneo’s Department of Fine Arts.  Yatco and Maramara were nominated in 2016 by for their work in Real-Life Fairytales.

With a creative team, cast, and crew of 19 Ateneo alumni and students and choreographer Franco Ramos from De La Salle’s College of Saint Benilde, blueRep will also be representing the Philippines and Ateneo De Manila University, as they go international for the first time. Real-Life Fairytales will deliver urgency, honesty, and even just a little bit of magic to our own reality.

"You see that smile on her face? That will go away the moment you tell her the truth." Adam (Boo Gabunada) has a secret and she (Helene Enriquez) can't keep it anymore in "Mirrors" by Stephanie Escuadro.

To support the group, you may go to For more inquiries, you may also visit Ateneo Blue Repertory’s official website: and its accounts on Facebook: blueREPERTORY, Twitter: @_blueREPERTORY and Instagram: ateneobluerepertory.

Peter (Vic Robinson) decides to live or die upon the prodding of Wendy (Justine Narciso) in "Happy Pills" by Helene Enriquez.

Rosie (Justine Narciso) stands up to her demons in "The Sandman" by Robyn Jereza.