ARE reality shows realistic? Do you enjoy the drama? Are you entertained? Or simply, do you take joy in seeing people make a fool of themselves? Whatever the reason is, admit it, you enjoy watching reality shows. Mediartrix’s RealityMang took us backstage to show us what really happens when the cameras aren’t rolling.
Cleverly written by Juleanne May Roque and Jose Nicolo San Diego, and directed by Juan Paolo Carido and Keiko Ann Sato, the multi-media organization’s minor production invites viewers to get their reality checked as they go behind the scenes of your favorite reality shows in their comedy-musical play.
The story followed two producers (Gerald Gomez and Steve Villanueva) coming up with a new concept for a reality show. Their boss wanted something creative, new, and one that will boost the network ratings. The two argued, debated that there is nothing original anymore—singing competitions were everywhere, search competitions dominate the airwaves, and nearly every idea has been put to life, so what’s there to create? Suddenly the producers had an idea: why not combine all of these?
From the flashing lights, the amazing choreography to the fast wardrobe changes, incredible acting skills, and the hilarious lines, RealityMang offers a dose of laughter, fun, and entertainment. The cast was exceptional, they were able portray their roles realistically. Praises go to Imma Galima as the host who switches personality from one show to another.
RealityMang is not an eye opener, but a reminder that not everything shown on the television is real. And though each character has his own independence, we see the producers manipulating the events, suggesting possible situations to show how one contestant can be eliminated, even going to the extremes of adding “The Hunger Games” to the mix just to make things interesting. And even after all the planning and the casting, at the end of the production we were shown that the winner was someone the network had chosen to “play the part”.
How’s that for reality check?
By Ma. Joan Paula D. Dino
Photo taken by Ferlyn Roise Landoy