NPAT takes the spotlight
With the biggest LED screen in Asia, 1,500 luxurious seats, two Euro-LED screens equipped with 3D effects, a complex fly system, a revolving stage, intelligent lights, a state-of-the-art digital audio mixer, and a vestibule designed by world-class sculptor Impy Pilapil, Resorts World Manila’s Newport Performing Arts Theater (NPAT) is undisputedly the best theater in the country to date.
So much have been said about the theater's world-class facilities but with all these uproars, Joseph Sy, the theater’s designer, decided to do something different.
“I wanted to take it to a new direction. We used wood panels with hidden, color changing LED lights. (It was) as simple as that. The idea was to make the vestibule area dimly lit all the way to the pathways so that when they look at the stage, bang, (there goes the) wow,” he shared.
That new direction took NPAT to greater heights. NPAT recently won the Silver Award at the 2011 Asia Pacific Interior Design Awards under the Leisure and Entertainment Space category. This citation came after the Perspective Awards recognized the theater's superb design with a Professional Interior Design Certificate of Excellence. And as a rousing welcome to 2012, BroadwayWorld Philippines declared NPAT as Best Theatrical Venue.
As a nod to Sy's vision, Perspective Awards cited the “color-changing LED lighting within the ceiling coves which enhanced the ambience." NPAT is the only theater and the only entry from the Philippines who made it to the winner's circle, which was comprised mainly of architectural wonders from China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan.
To top off this achievement, NPAT also made it to the top six contenders in the Leisure and Entertainment class of the Asia Pacific Interior Design Awards.
“I have been to many theaters. They were all very grand (and) elaborately designed. This one is different in the way that it is sensitive to client needs,” says Sy. With Resorts World Manila’s efforts to be pro-environment, the use of LED lighting was lauded for being cost-effective and environment friendly.
Notable personalities were likewise impressed with the theater’s grandeur. Joanna Ampil for one, a renowned stage actress who has performed in the best stages across the globe, was in awe of the theater when she first saw it during The Sound of Music rehearsals. “It’s massive. And it’s an honor to perform on that stage,” Ampil enthused.
Even theater lovers agree. In the 2011 BroadwayWorld Philippines awards, NPAT ran away with most votes and won as Best Theatrical Venue. BroadwayWorld is a website dedicated to featuring plays and musicals around the world and its Philippine page broke online traffic records when the voting was opened to the public. NPAT was also nominated for Best Sound Design.