Sinag-tala Filipino Theater and Performing Arts Association (SFTPAA), is an association based in Sacramento which aims to train community members in, and promote the theater and performing arts through, the study, interpretation and staging of the works of Filipino musical dance, literary and cultural artists.¬† Sinag-tala Filipino Theater and Performing Arts Association (SFTPAA) is formerly known as Parents and Supporters of Sinag-tala (PSST) which was established in 1998.¬† At that time the main goal of PSST is only to raise funds and provide volunteer support for the annual theater production, Sinag-tala: A Theatrical Revue.¬† Sinag-tala is from the Tagalog word which means starlight.
Nowadays, SFTPAA becomes an organized non-profitable organization which promotes the Filipino culture through theater and arts.¬† According to Sonny Alforque, CEO and Artistic Director SFTPAA, ‚ÄúLike all cultures, the Filipino culture is slowly but continually evolving. It is therefore very important to learn about one‚Äôs culture in order not only to preserve the best of its original aspects but to appreciate how different generations have been reshaping it.‚Äù
The organization has three signature programs.¬† The Sinag-tala: A Theatrical Revue, the Sinag-tala Theater Ensemble and the Sinag-tala Rondalla Program.¬† They also present lectures, workshops and performances by visiting artists and scholars.
Who can join Sinag-tala?
Everyone is welcome to join Sinag-tala, all ethnicities, racial backgrounds and skill levels are welcome.¬† All you have to do is to come for an audition.¬† The auditions serves only as a means to evaluate how each person will fit into the program, but does not exclude anyone.¬† After audition, interested parties will be given a free training.
Sinag-tala activities and performances:
The Sinag-tala Theater Ensemble will be performing in the Adobo Festival in Stockton on July 25, 2009.¬† They will be in the California State Fair on August 29, and an exclusive concert hosted by the Music Department of the California State University at Sacramento on October 3.
The SFTPAA will also hold a Filipino Poetry Kapihan on September 12 at the Sacramento Poetry Center in downtown Sacramento, followed by a 20th Anniversary Commemorative Ball on September 26 at the Doubletree Hotel in Sacramento. The Theatrical Revue workshops and rehearsals begin in August and will culminate with three performances on December 4 to 6 at the Luther Burbank High School Auditorium in Sacramento.
You can learn more about Sinag-tala at their website www.sinagtala.org.
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