Thursday, November 6, 2014

Presenting the "Romeo & Juliet The Musical" by Kids Acts Philippines

Wazzup Pilipinas!

It's been years since I watched a live musical play. The last one was a ballet show featuring Lisa Macuja, one of Manila's famed ballerinas at Aliw Theater, CCP. A few weeks ago, I had a chance to watch another live musical play this time just a few blocks from Aliw which is in Star Theater for the "Romeo & Juliet The Musical" by Kids Acts Philippines. This play as well all know is a reenactment of William Shakespeare's famous novel but it was made it clear by the production that it will be performed without sacrificing the original texts of the author 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.

Watching these young actors and actresses portraying the characters was like me being transported when I was a student because I used to memorize these same exact lines just to pass our English literary subject. I wished we should have watched a play like this before because the learning is much better from watching than just merely reading a full text about it.

Though I find it hard to keep up with the fast conversation of the characters, maybe because the lines are written in heavy medieval English. I was also sitting beside my fellow bloggers they also say the same thing. I think it is better if they can also have a Tagalog version of "Romeo & Juliet The Musical". This does not mean though that we doubt the capabilities of the actors by any means but I think we can have this play closer to our hearts if spoken in our language.

Overall, these actors have a lot of potentials to be the next ones we see performing in another Broadway musical play in New York or at the Miss Saigon in London.  This is a story that almost everyone can totally relate: of romance and love but this one has a sad ending.

Below is the list of 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

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Contributed by Maria Rona Beltran

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