Super Nerda Fights Boredom and Saves Metro Manila!

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If you can run fast like the Flash or have a sweet ride like Batman (Bruce Wayne says, “Fear me, traffic!”), you can still catch the last few shows of Super Nerda, the ass-kicking, fast-talking, superhero comedy play at the University of Santo Tomas.

The creation of Kane Errol Choa brought to life by scriptwriter and director Jan Kristoffer Enriquez, Super Nerda takes the superhero stereotype – where heroes and heroines are gorgeous and perfect – and stands it on its head. The titular Super Nerda is no Victoria’s Secret Amazon princess with perfectly toned muscles, big breasts, and legs for days whose alter-ego is a smart but mousy office clerk making an effort to blend in and not draw any attention to herself. No, Super Nerda challenges the stereotype by switching things up.

In this case, the alter-ego is Verna, a beautiful but not-so-smart young woman who wants nothing but parental approval. Through the powers of magic underwear (because, why not?), Verna transforms into Super Nerda, a small, nerdy looking, atypical superheroine whose charm largely rests on her Gandang-Ganda Sa Sarili (GGSS) exuberance. Her Kryptonite? Hot boys.

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The play promises to be an utterly bonkers laugh trip. While the actors do have a script to follow, they are encouraged to take as many liberties as they can get away with. “It’s like fusing stand-up comedy to a narrative that is very much relatable to our young audience,”says director Enriquez. It’s a brave move, but with great risk comes great comedy.

Super Nerda is a production of Mediartrix, UST’s university-wide musical theater organization. It is is topbilled by Mediartrix alumna Lhen Hasal with Anjo Soriano, Gladys Pagdato, Chris Azarraga, Rafael Fadriga, Euri Camus, Stephanie Dela Torre Raquel, Nicole Evangelista, April Verona, Angelica Alonzo, Jaz Villa, Eco Dela Sala, Paulo Caparas, Daniel Sagun, Marty Agustin, Marcus Banag, Wilda Atienza, Christian Calungsod, G Lampa, Mavic Ampil, and Bianca Ballesteros.

The production team is led by production manager Gerard Lampa, creative director Juan Carlos Pizarro, technical director John Michael Felismino, and stage managers Ruth Belano and Rye Dale Garcia.

You can watch it at the UST Albertus Magnus (now, that’s a great supervillain name) Auditorium on the following dates:

  • Feb 10- 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM; 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Feb 11- 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Feb 12- 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Feb 13- 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM; 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

For inquiries contact G (09175914088) or Merbs (09173461445).

 

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