Gee Pelaria (23) from Mandaluyong city, Philippines wearing a wedding dress of Eurydice from "Eurydice" play by Loy Arcenas on the stage of Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino Theater in Manila. She is a head stage manager in Tanghalang Philipino productions for already 2 years.
Gee has chosen this costume because she likes the leading actor – M. Orpheus and Eurydice are getting married in the play. "There is a scene when Orpheus is wearing the tuxedo and Eurydice is in the wedding dress, they are dancing. Every time M. goes on the stage I'm saying saying: Oh my God, he is so handsome! And people around are like: Gee, come on! I want to be his bride in real life, but unfortunately he is gay. I still like him. He knows it but thinks this all is just a joke." After the photoshoot M. wore a tuxedo and they made a "wedding" picture hugging each other. Gee's dream partly came true.
At the theater Gee coordinates everybody involved in the production, controls the schedules of performances and rehearsals, costumes, sets. During the show she is in the tech booth operating the computer. As a head stage manager Gee has her own script with lights and sounds queues noted. Every show is different for her. There is no the same one. She always have to be attentive in case something happens and be ready to react. She especially likes how this job connects her with new people every three months when production changes – new director, staff, actors. The hardest production she was involved in was the one with a very strict director. He easily got annoyed with simple things and shouted at all of the stuff every time when something went wrong. Not respecting other people's jobs.
Gee is a graduate of the theater arts course, but doesn't act any more and doesn't want to. Considers acting is not for her. "There is something in being a stage manager that I don't feel when acting. I'm much more happy with working behind the stage," – she says.