Off-Broadway's DANI GIRL To Warm Hearts This July!

2014 has been an exciting year for theater with new productions and fresh discoveries! It'll get more exciting this July with the staging of the musical good for the soul, "Dani Girl" by budding theater group The Sandbox Collective!

Dani Lyons, battling cancer at age nine, goes on a quest to get back her hair along with her roommate and dream buddy Marty, her teddy bear Mr. Fritz, and guardian angel Raph. Her imagination will lead her to all sorts of adventures to finally search for the answer to "Why is cancer?" This moving piece by Christopher Dimond and Michael Kooman will let audiences change their perspective about life, death, and hope through the eyes of a child.

Rebecca Coates to play Dani alongside Luigi Quesada as Marty. Photo courtesy of The Sandbox Collective.

The off-broadway musical is The Sandbox Collective's first staging as a new theater group with young and talented team, led by Managing Artistic Director Toff De Venecia. "We are privileged to be re-imaging this bold, new musical for our local audiences," After directing for Ateneo Blue Repertory and 9 Works Theatrical, he will give "Dani Girl" a fresh perspective to capture different audiences. 

The cast and team behind "Dani Girl" STANDING from L to R: Executive Producer Anna Santamaria, Director Toff De Venecia, Lorenz Martinez, Luigi Quesada, and Reb Atadero SEATED from L to R: Shiela Valderrama, Pamela Imperial, Rebecca Coates, and Mitzie Lao

The cast and team behind "Dani Girl" are some of the brightest in the industry today. High school senior Rebecca Coates takes the title role of Dani and has appeared in Resorts World Manila's "The Sound Of Music" and Repertory Philippines' "Alice In Wonderland". Also playing Dani in certain performances is Mitzie Lao from University Of Santo Tomas' musical theater program. She has also led major musicals in Ateneo Children's Theater and Ateneo High School's Dulaang Sibol.   

Veteran Lorenz Martinez and the equally talented Reb Atadero will play 13 characters in one as the playful imaginary guardian angel Raph. After playing John Darling in Repertory Philippines' "Peter Pan", 16-year old Luigi Quesada will give life to the role of Marty, Dani's movie geek roommate at the pediatric oncology ward. To play Dani's mothers are seasoned singers and actresses Shiela Valderrama and Pamela Imperial.

Catch "Dani Girl" this July 11 to 27, 2014 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati. For tickets, call Ticketworld at 891-9999! Make sure to follow The Sandbox Collective on social media for more updates on "Dani Girl" and more! Like The Sandbox Collective on Facebook and Follow @TheSandboxCo on Instagram and Twitter