Gantimpala Theater stages "Romeo and Juliet" starting December 7

by Alwyn Ignacio
Nov 22, 2007
The lovers, Romeo (Lance Raymundo, left) and Juliet (Monica Llamas, middle), seek counsel from Friar Lawrence (Bodjie Pascua, right). William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet will be presented by Gantimpala Theater starting December 7, 2007.


Gantimpala Theater caps its pearl anniversary celebration with William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, considered by many as the greatest love story ever told. This tragic drama on forbidden love will be staged starting December 7 at the AFP Theater in Quezon City.

One of Shakespeare's classics, Romeo and Juliet revolves around the feud and pride-hardened hatred between two of Verona's most distinguished households—the Capulets and the Montagues—and the romance that blossomed between their beloved offspring.

This drama combines the contrasting elements of humor and sorrow, bawdiness and civil strife, innocent love, and ignorant hate to rouse an amazing depth of mixed tenderness and tension, plus the near perfect lovers who take their own lives, and how this inevitable tragic end led to an ultimate reconciliation.

"Romeo and Juliet is the perfect play to round up Gantimpala Theater's 30th season," says artistic director Tony S. Espejo.

"It has all the elements that our student audiences will surely appreciate—there is drama, family feud, romance, a lot of kissing scenes and fencing sequences. I have a wonderful cast of very talented and gifted actors who are giving their 100 percent to make sure that this production will turn out to be a truly unforgettable theater experience for anyone who will view it."

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Giving life to the strong-willed Montagues are Lance Raymundo (Romeo); Pamela Hundana (Lady Montague); Jeffrey Camañag (Lord Montague); Roeder Camañag (Mercutio) and Rico del Rosario (Benvolio).

Monica Llamas (Juliet); Kimberly Diaz (Lady Capulet); Ces Aldaba (Lord Capulet) and Miguel Vasquez (Tybalt) play the illustrious Capulets.

Verona's finest denizens caught in the middle of the warring clans are Bodjie Pascua (Friar Lawrence); Michiko Unso (Nurse); Arkin Da Silva (Prince Escalus), Raymond Talavera (Balthasar); Kristian Chua (Petruchio); John Paulo Garcia (Peter); and Francis Ong (Paris).

Joey Nombres (lights designer); Roobak Valle (production designer); Albert Figueras (costume designer); Angie Panogan (choreographer); Glenda Alday (stage manager) and Alice Borbe (production manager) are the artistic and production team behind Espejo's rendition of the Shakespearean drama.

Performances are on December 7-9 (10 am/2 pm, AFP Theater in Quezon City), December 14-15 (SM Southmall Cinema 6 in Las Piñas City).

Shows will resume in 2008, starting on January 19-21 (also at the AFP Theater) and in February 13-14 (Teatrino in Greenhills, San Juan, Manila).

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For tickets, call 899-5745/896-3503, 528-0603 or 0921-5286308 or write to gantimpalaproduction@yahoo.com.ph

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The lovers, Romeo (Lance Raymundo, left) and Juliet (Monica Llamas, middle), seek counsel from Friar Lawrence (Bodjie Pascua, right). William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet will be presented by Gantimpala Theater starting December 7, 2007.
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