Filipina makes American stage debut in Houston

FILIPINO singing sensation Sheryn Regis, who recently relocated to Houston from her native Philippines, will make her American stage debut in Centre Stage’s main stage production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

In their first collaboration, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice bring to life the Old Testament story of a somewhat spoiled Joseph, his jealous brothers and one very loud garment!

A colorful tale that spans musical styles from calypso to rock to disco to country, this worldwide phenomenon has been an audience favorite for more than thirty-five years!

As The Narrator, the petite but powerful soprano will unfold the story of Joseph in song to a group of school children.

Regis is a veteran of stage and television, hosting several TV shows in her native Philippines.

She has also recorded several award-winning solo albums.

“Singing is my passion and I’m thrilled to be able to perform for Centre Stage audiences. I also look forward to seeing my many Filipino friends at my first-ever performance in the United States!”

Playing the title role of Joseph is Houston native Mark Alan Howard, a veteran of Centre Stage. Howard, an actor and recording artist, has made television appearances with gospel icons Tammy Faye and Nancy Filipina makes American stage debut in Houston Harmon and performs at gospel and jazz venues around the country.

“I was just nine years old the first time I performed with Centre Stage and theatre has run through my veins ever since,” said Howard. “Joseph is my dream role and I can hardly wait to share this wonderful, spiritual experience with our audiences.”

Velvet-voiced Greg Hannah is cast as the Egyptian Pharaoh who rescues Joseph from prison to interpret his disturbing dreams. Most recently performing the title role in Centre Stage’s “Willy Wonka”, Hannah is a local favorite. As a full time Senior Sales Representative and Trade Account Manager, he juggles his time on stage with his time on planes as he travels his territory.

“Centre Stage has been a family affair for the Hannahs for many years and nothing thrills me more than being able to share the stage with the beautiful women in my life!” Hannah’s wife Donna and daughter Taylor are both cast as Brothers’ Wives.

“Audiences are in for a real treat this fall,” said Barry Dean, Founding Artistic Director of Centre Stage. “In my 25 years with this organization, we’ve produced some amazing shows. With all the talent we have brought together from throughout the Houston area, it could be one of Centre Stage’s all-time best productions!”

Dean, along with his sister Lois Yvonne and long-time friend Karen Romano, started Centre Stage in 1984 in order to bring exciting live performance to the greater Lake Houston area. He has since staged shows for wider Houston audiences, including a highly successful run of “Annie Get Your Gun” at the Houston Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in 2008.

Sheryn was born and raised in Carcar, Cebu, to Bernardo and Daisy Regis. She is the eldest of three kids, and has two siblings, Elton and Joseph. Sheryn’s childhood was not easy. Due to the lack of money, her father had to go to Saudi Arabia to compensate for the family’s needs. It was during those times that her mother guided Sheryn in singing. Ironically, it was her father who could sing well, but her mother took the place of a singing coach. At the age of 2, Sheryn was able to hum and sing simple tunes as her mom recalls. Her first and favorite contest piece was Ms. Kuh Ledesma’s “Dito Ba,” which Sheryn learned at the age of five.

At seven, Sheryn started joining amateur singing contests. Her winnings were used to buy tapes of Shirley Bassey’s hits for her next contest piece. And at the age of eight, Sheryn won her first grand prize by singing Ms. Tillie Moreno’s “Saan Ako Nagkamali?”

While other children were spending their time playing, Sheryn devoted herself to practicing her contest pieces. Though without formal training, she recalls practicing beside a deep well to help her reach high notes. For Sheryn, singing was a passion.

Aside from singing, Regis offered voice lessons to children while in high school. During her college years, Sheryn was able to finish her B.S. Secondary Education, with a major in English at Cebu Normal University.

It was during these years, too, that she was exposed to theater acting and chorale singing. It gave her a chance to travel abroad, and to perform for Filipino communities in Canada and in the U.S. Leo Martinez and Gina Alajar served as workshop mentors. In 1999, she was awarded as the “Best Interpreter” at the Cebu Pop Music Festival (a songwriting festival), and the original composition that she sang also won the Grand Prize.

Regis worked as a lounge singer at the Cebu Plaza Hotel, where she met Earl Echiverri. In 2002, they exchanged vows and had a daughter nicknamed “Sweety” the following year. (Fil-Am Press)

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