William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is undoubtedly one of the world's all-time favorite novel. It is one of my most favorite novels as well. The Romeo and Juliet names are also dear to me. My late dad's name is Romeo and one one of my sisters who shared the same birthdate of my dad is named Juliet Alexis by mom. Back when I was a high school student, I remember how many painstaking hours I have to spend only to memorize several paragraphs of this novel as part of a requirement in our English Literary subject.
It has been a long time since I have watched a live play and it was such a joy to be invited to watch Kid's Acts Philippines Presents Romeo & Juliet The Musical. Their very own version of “Romeo and Juliet” is very much simplified without sacrificing the original texts of Shakespeare to let young adults understand and comprehend on how the play is written. The dialogues are sung with full observance of how phrases are being read. How I wish there is a play such as this when I was a student back then!
I love the performance. There were no awkward pauses for each and every character though I cannot understand the way they say it. Maybe because the texts are from a heavy English conversation. I think it is better to have a Tagalog version of this. We can get to appreciate more of this love story.
Here are some photos:
I hope to see more of Kids Acts Philippines plays. I think the set could have been more beautiful if they added more accessories other than just plain black scaffold and all that stuff. Overall, I can see these performers especially those who took the lead characters showed a very promising performance. Who knows we may see one of them playing in Broadway of New York or be part of famed Miss Saigon?
A big round of applause to this year's cast:
Derrick Gozos (Romeo), Gian Gloria (Juliet), Ces Dela Cruz (Nurse), Melisa Camba (Lady Capulet ), Ina Salonga (Rosaline), Meyanne Plamenio (Lady Montague), Earle Figuracion (Mercutio/Understudy Romeo), Kendrick Ibasco (Tybalt), Terence Guillermo (Lord Capulet ), Jonathan Rabanzo (Lord Montague/ Chorus), Michael Fernandez (Benvolio), Nico Dans (Prince Escalus), Justin Orolfo (Sampson/Peter/Chorus), Aandrei David (Gregory/Paris/Chorus), Jovito Bonita (Balthasar/Friar John/Chorus), Miguel Buen (Abraham/ Chorus), Enrile Serguino (Friar Lawrence), Vell Baria (Understudy Lady Capulet/ Chorus), Ruth Arielle Magno (Understudy Rosaline/Chorus), Ria Albaladejo (Chorus), Mary Joy Solomon (Understudy Juliet/Chorus), Cristy Peredo (Understudy Nurse/Chorus), Ina Azarcon (Chorus), Faye Velicaria (Understudy Lady Capulet/Chorus), Shanelle Comia (Chorus), Angel Yu (Chorus)
The artistic team is composed of Eugene Belbis (Composer/Orchestration); Christian Bautista (Lighting Design); Emma Doverte (Production Management); Jasvir Basra (Stage Management); Luigi Nacario (Stage Direction, Choreography & Set/Costume Design)
ROMEO AND JULIET runs from October 23 to 25 at the Star Theater in CCP and from October 26 to February 27, 2015 at the St. Ceclilia’s Hall of St. Scholastica’s College Manila. Tickets are at PhP450.00 – call 8919999 or visit www.ticketworld.com.ph
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