nothing like a dameWhenever SELF celebrates a significant occasion in the facility, it never fails to produce a stage performance for its community and honored guests. Such is the case that, through the years, it has become a unique tradition of the SELF TC Family. In 2007 on the occasion of its 15th founding anniversary and 13th graduation, SELF staged Showtime I at the facility quadrangle. The musical variety show featured selections from Broadway plays including Cats, Chicago and South Pacific. Under the tutelage of acclaimed Director Fritz Ynfante, the show went off without a hitch and those in attendance praised the caliber of the presentation, complete with stage lights, costumes and special effects, as very professional.

     Showtime had three more incarnations. Now, with its newly constructed Sacred Heart Auditorium (SHA), the SELF Family was able to embolden their presentations. Showtime II in May 2009 for SELF’s 14th graduation featured a musical medley from two stage classics, West Side Story and Jesus Christ Superstar. Showtime III in September 2010 for SELF’s 15th graduation saw the directorial debut of Martin in the premiere showing of “Ang Dahon Ng Pag-asa” — a song written and composed by 2007 Graduate Danilo Noche. Showtime IV was the featured presentation on the occasion of Martin’s 20th Sober Year. Subtitled “The Epitome of Recovery” — the musical depicted Martin’s sojourn from the darkness of his drugging days to his life in recovery. For this edition the services of Director Soxie Topacio were enlisted. With the collaborative efforts of Choreographer Roger Basco and SELF’s own Dance Instructor Riggs Celeste, the residents performed with impeccable precision and “pride in quality”.

Scrooge     For the 2014 Yuletide presentation, SELF took a bold step by producing a Broadway Musical where, for the first time, all songs were sung live by the residents. The project was initiated by SELF Founder’s brother, Freddie Infante, who volunteered to serve as its Executive Producer, bringing with him, once again, one of Manila’s finest directors: Fritz Ynfante. The production dubbed “The Magic of Christmas” featured the SELF residents as the main cast of a musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”.

     The play showed on December 6 & 7, 2014 at the SELF auditorium. With the solid patronage of the SELF Family Association, both days were sold out and the show was a resounding success. At right is graduate Dominic Burgi who played “Scrooge”. Below are (L to R) Director Fritz with Dominic; Gie as “The Storyteller”; Milton and Liz as “Mr. and Mrs. Roberts”; Reentry resident and self-appointed props and stage designer Dom assists in the making of the prosthetics.