Romance · Slice of Life


The rule had been set right on day one: No dating until the end of the production.

He first saw her during the auditions, lining up very quietly behind him, totally unformidable. But when it was her turn to sing her 16-bar piece, it was like magic; she transformed, right in front of everyone’s eyes. She suddenly was a different character altogether, and he was enchanted. Most especially when she sat back down beside him, smiling shyly, as if her stint embarrassed her.

So at rehearsals, he took her in little by little. How she always arrived half an hour early. Her trademark ponytail. The way she looked into his eyes, unabashed, as she delivered her lines.

Well, it wasn’t against the rule to fall in love.


This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.


5 thoughts on “Backstage

  1. It’s fascinating how different actors and musicians are on stage!
    From one moment completely average, and then suddenly full of charisma.
    This transformation is amazing and well captured!
    Well done on another great piece!


    1. Thank you Nam! πŸ˜€

      I have seen quite a bit of those transformations as I dabble a bit in our local music/theatre scene, and it’s always a pleasant surprise to see introverted actors/musicians become utterly fearless on stage.

      Then again, I suppose writers have that charm, too. You think you know them already, and then they surprise you with new, refreshing pieces πŸ˜‰

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      1. When you put it that way, then these transformations happen everyday πŸ˜‰

        What’s your involvement on the theatre scene out of curiosity? I love theatre! It’s just a tad expensive 😦


        1. I’ve actually performed in a couple of local musicals and community theatre productions, although the theatre scene here (I’m from Cebu, Philippines by the way) is rather small and pretty much just starting to come together as a professional industry. My involvement’s really been all passion, because most productions don’t offer compensation – understandably so, because shows are expensive, and our audiences are just starting to develop a paying culture (imagine always being asked for complimentary tickets, when we don’t even get any as part of the cast).

          I also try to watch as many productions as I can, especially international ones that drop by Manila, but like you said, theatre is a tad expensive 😦

          Now it’s my turn to be curious – what are your favorite shows? πŸ™‚

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          1. I recently watched matilda, the musical and that was amazing!
            My favourite was probably the parent swap. I remember I was really amazed by the talent of the children in that play! I last watched it probably when I was their age too

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