Friday, July 23, 2010

Gantimpala Theater's new production of Florante at Laura

“It is a unique theater experience!” Tony Espejo, artistic director of Gantimpala Theater, says of “Florante at Laura,” now under the direction of Roeder Camañag and with a new script written by Bonifacio Ilagan. It opens Gantimpala's 33rd season.

“Florante at Laura,” written by Francisco Balagtas, is about warring Moors and Christians and the intertwining lives of a quartet of star-crossed lovers--Florante, Laura, Aladin and Flerida.

This immortal Filipino love story uses the theater form of the komedya, complete with majestic marches and grand batalla.

“Bonifacio Ilagan wrote a very breathtaking and cinematic script, that is why I am very inspired to do this,” says first-time director Roeder Camañag.

“People can expect that the action and romantic elements plus the beauty of the language will be highlighted. If you are an actor, doing the play is very challenging since it requires you to use all your instruments, your body, voice and mind. If these three are not in sync, then you will not be able to give justice to the role assigned to you. ”

“It is important for all actors to experience and act in a production like 'Florante at Laura' as it will make them appreciate more our heritage and roots,” adds Camañag.

The cast includes Joel Molina and Randy Villarama (as alternate Florantes); Criena House (Laura); Eric dela Cruz and Arkin Da Silva (alternately playing Adolfo); Jose Jeffrey Camañag (Haring Linceo); Zenaida Loyola Sevila (Reyna Floresca); Billy Parjan (Duke Briseo); Paul Jake Paule (Menandro); Ronald Concepcion (Antenor); Leo Ponseca (Sultan Ali-Adab); Berl William Angeles (Aladin) and Hazel Orencio (Flerida).

In the artistic team are Jose Jeffrey Camañag (associate director); Andy Villareal (lighting designer); Norman Peñaflorida (set designer); Alex Guerrero (choreographer); Charyl Chan de Guzman (production manager) and Glendel Dacumos(stage manager).

The National Parks Development Committee and Ever Bilena support Gantimpala Theater’s “Florante at Laura.”

Performances are on August 1, 6 p.m., at the Concert at the Park Open Air Auditorium, in Luneta, Manila; August 6 to 8, August 13-15, (10 a.m./2 p.m.), at the AFP Theater in Quezon City; and August 20-22, (10 a.m./2 p.m.), SM Southmall, in Las Piñas City.

For bookings and tickets, call 8995745, 8963503 or 4745198. Visit or


Anonymous said...

parang sinauna. pero ok na din. sa theater scene natin na halos lahat gusto i-reinvent ang mga staging ng mga plays, it is good to know na may mga groups pa din na gustong ipakita ang traditional. good luck

Anonymous said...

Just got home.. cant' wait to post my comments.
It was really awesome!
The stage was simple but implied ...
In fairness BONGGA ang costumes.. music hmmmm.. , love it !! blockings and transitions are very subtle and smooth .. Sa technical... lights were perfect and match to every scene but I wasn't able
to read what was written in the projector.. I suggest that you change the fonts and size , make it bigger po .. friendly reminder ^____^

I like the characters :
>the evil laugh of Adolfo , carried away ako!
>stunning body of Aladdin super bagay ang hunk looking body to his role.
>I love the gracefulness of Daddy "duke".. excellent!
naughty Florante (adult).. laging naka smile parang model ng toothpaste radyo !!!hahahahahahaha Just for laughs inFairview...galeng nyang mag memorize ng mega haba mala MRT "lines" nya. saludo ako.
Prinsesa Laura.. hindi pa yata uso ang boots noon pero you wore one... hehehehehe I love Marikina!

I'm aware that it's not the original story which I have read from my High School Textbook.
The wit and humor of the characters made the play entertaining or thought-provoking. World-class !! C

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