Gantimpala Theater's "Florante at Laura" July 29-Aug 19, 2012

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Announcement from Gantimpala Theater

Yutaka Yamakawa as Florante with Vera Capiral as Laura
Gantimpala Theater
for its 35th season (2012-2013)

Florante at Laura

From the awit of Francisco Balagtas
Adapted by Bonifacio Ilagan

Directed by Roeder Camañag

Florante: Yutaka Yamakawa and Al Gatmaitan
Laura: Vera Capiral
Adolfo: Arkin Da Silva

Yamakawa, Capiral and Da Silva are members of Gantimpala Theater’s Actors Company.

“Florante is a soldier, son and lover,”  Yutaka Yamakawa says of his role. “He loves Albania, his family, Duke Briseo and Reyna Floresca and, of course, the love of his life, Laura. Every thing he does is dictated by passion.”

TV audiences know of Yamakawa as the lead in last year’s popular McDonald’s "Sundae Date" commercial. He is a home-grown Gantimpala Theater talent whose training as a GTF Summer Drama Workshop participant has enabled him to pursue an active and exciting career in film and television.

Yutaka has also given life to interesting TV characters such as Jake Cuenca’s co-lieutenant (“Tayong Dalawa”), as the villainous Gadang (“Amaya”), Ka Elias (“Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin”) and characters in shows like “Precious Hearts Romances (Somewhere in My Heart),” “Magkano ang Iyong Dangal,” “Endless Love,” and “Stairway to Heaven.”

Recent TV roles include Sir Diego (“Princess and I”), a hit-and-run driver in “Hiram na Puso,” and Christine Reyes’ suitor in “Nang Dahil Sa Pag-Ibig.” For film, he was seen in “Born To Love You,” “Working Girls,” “Dekada 70,” “Corporal Histories,” “Heremias,” and the upcoming “The Reunion.”

“It was the late Tony Espejo, artistic director of Gantimpala Theater, who gave me the break in 'Wanted: A Chaperone,' he was my mentor. He prodded me to attend the workshop. Now, I am proud member of the GT Actors’ Company,” Yamakawa shares.

This versatile and handsome young actor has appeared in various Gantimpala productions, essaying a variety of roles in plays such as “Kanser” (as Padre Salvi), “El Filibusterismo” (Juanito/Padre Irene), and “Bombita” (de Lara). He was also part of “Ibong Adarna,” “Walang Iwanan,” and “Grethology.”

This season, he returns to his mother company as the lead in “Florante at Laura” after playing Menandro and Aladin in previous seasons.

Bringing in the romance factor is Vera Capiral, who essays the role of Laura. “She is young, innocent, and the love she has for Florante is deeper, the feelings intense and I think more advance for her age.”

“Even if the characters never actually kiss, audiences will really feel the tenderness and romance that the couple shares,” Capiral adds. “To make it all realistic, all I need is look at Yutaka or Al with a lot of love, I should not fake it, since the feelings are coming from my heart.”

Choreography: Ian de Leon
Music design: Toni Muñoz
Costume design: Jose Jeffrey Camañag
Set design: Joey de Guzman
Lighting design: Andy Villareal
Video design: Meyo de Jesus

This production of Florante at Laura is fully supported by the National Parks Development Committee (NPDC) and Everbilena.

July 29 (7pm)
Concert at the Park Open Auditorium, Luneta, Manila

August 3, 4 and 5 (9am/12pm/3pm)
Armed Forces of the Philippines Theater, Quezon City

August 10, 11 and 12 (9am/12nn/3pm)
Star Theater, Star City Compound, Pasay City

August 17, 18 and 19, (11am/2pm)
Cinema 3, SM South Mall, Las Piñas City

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