The MOUNT Carmel School Drama Club has announced that they are giving everyone a special Christmas present with the free release of “Zero2Hero” on the school’s official YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/c /MountCarmelSchool
The film will premiere on Christmas Eve, Friday, December 24, at pm
A sequel to “Zero to Hero,” released 10 years ago, “Zero2Hero” continued a club tradition of having student-directed shows, with this film being directed by MCS Senior, Jedric Villar. Jedric is no stranger to performing, having been a crew member on several Theater Club productions and being an active member of the school’s music program. Directing “Zero2Hero”, however, was his biggest role, which he says “has been amazing!” As Jedric said, “Directing the sequel was not only fun, but it was also inspiring to see the cast and crew so excited.”
“Zero2Hero” stars Jill Mallari and Aleia Santos as Re’ha and Roze, two school rivals who are mentored by their older cousins, Richard and Zero, played by the two stars of the first film, Kevin Bautista and Victor Cabrera. The film is directed by Jedric Villar and was written by school president and director of the first film, Galvin Deleon Guerrero, with Theater Club AlumKnight Justin Ocampo.
“Zero2Hero” is part of the Theater Club’s ongoing celebration of its 25th anniversary. Launched in 1996, the MCS Theater Club celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, commemorating more than 50 theater and film productions, including several Disney musicals, numerous Shakespearean plays and a number of original productions. The club kicked off this year’s celebration in February with the sold-out premiere of the latest entry in its award-winning series “We Drank Our Tears, The Stories of Visitacion, Henry and Dave” at American Memorial Park. Those movies were followed by April’s sold-out performances of the club’s adaptation of William Shakespeare’s classic comedy, “As You Like It.” Next year the club will wrap up the celebration with the classic musical ‘The Sound of Music’.
“Zero2Hero” was made possible by the generous support of Frances Sablan Arriola, Great Harvest Bread Co., KKMP, Northern Marianas College, Northern Marianas Sports Association, Saipan Iceland Amusement Arcade, San Vicente Elementary School and Triple J Enterprises.
Funding for this production is provided by the CNMI CARES Relief Fund for Organizations and supported by the National Endowment for the Arts through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act of 2020. For more information, visit www. mountcarmelsaipan.com