Patrick Castillo plays Gregorio in OTE Shakespeare in the Hills’ Romeo and Juliet opening TONIGHT, July 28 at the Laguna Hills Community Center.
What’s challenging about bringing this script to life?
I believe the most challenging part of bringing the script to life is essentially making Shakespeare’s language understandable to unfamiliar audience members. As beauteous as it may be, even I have difficulty understanding what I’m saying half the time.
How is this production bringing something new to this story?
This play is the same R&J we’ve read in school, with a twist, we base it in 1840 California instead of Europe.
What’s going to surprise people about this show?
The fact that we incorporate Spanish into this show might catch others off guard.
Call someone out by name: who must come see this production?
My Father, Lionel Castillo.
How is this character like you? Different?
Gregorio is by far the sassiest character I’ve played. Much like me, he calls out his friends on their bluffs and has a few ditzy moments (like inviting a Montague to a Capulet party… Oops!)
What do you love about this character?
He’s bold. Willing to fight when he has too,
What’s the biggest challenge about taking on this role?
Shakespeare’s language for sure. And the fact that I am just coming off from doing Fiddler on the Roof at Musical Theatre Village made memorization just a tad bit difficult.
Besides yourself, what celebrity would you like to see tackle this character?
I’d like to see Josh Gad take on this role. He’d definitely do it justice.
If you could play any other character in this show, who would it be?
Hmmm… Benvolio would be fun.
When did you first perform?
That depends… It was either at 2 years old singing “Como La Flor” by Selena for my grandma, or 2nd grade in my schools choir.
Besides this one, what’s your favorite stage show?
Watching Wicked at the Pantages Theatre has been the only show I’ve seen at a professional theatre. But I’d say Little Shop of Horrors at Musical Theatre Village was also one of my favorites.
What’s your perfect Sunday afternoon look like?
Church in the morning, lunch with friends, mid-day crocheting session, watching some Netflix shows and going to bed early.
What do you do when you’re not doing theatre?
I’m either working from 8am-5pm, hanging out with friends, crocheting, or sleeping in.
If you had a magic wand, what show would you do next?
Catch Me If You Can, or Jesus Christ Superstar.
What’s the last thing you do before you step out on stage?
The last thing I do before I go on stage is review my lines one more time, pray and sip some tea. When the curtain goes up and I do well, I take a small sigh of relief and get some food, and if it doesn’t go well, I review whatever needs fixing then get food.
This is Patrick‘s first production with OTE and is thrilled to be working alongside an amazing cast! His previous theatre experience includes productions of Fiddler on the Roof as Perchik, Little Shop of Horrors as the Dentist , and A Christmas with Scrooge as Topper at Musical Theatre Village in Irvine. He hopes that his bilinguality pays off in this production and his peers enjoy the show!
This summer’s Shakespeare in the Hills production transports the well-loved story of Romeo and Juliet to 1845 and the conflicted world of Alta California. With sword fights, immersive staging, and a blend of comedy and tragedy, this production for all ages is not to be missed!
Bring a blanket or your lawn chair, bring your meal and make it a picnic event for Shakespeare in the Hills’ outdoor performance presented by On The Edge Theatre Productions (www.otetheatre.com). All performances are held at the Laguna Hills Community Center & Sports Complex’s Gazebo and Town Green.
Performances @ 7pm, July 28th & 29th; August 4th & 5th, 11th & 12th. Tickets $10
Age 12 and under free. All participants of age 12 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets are sold (cash only) on the day of the show. You may also purchase your ticket early online (class registration). No refunds or transfers for this event. Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase at this family event. Call 949-707-2680 for more information.
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