Anthony Cervero plays “Paris” in OTE Shakespeare in the Hills’ Romeo and Juliet returning this Friday, August 4, 2017 at the Laguna Hills Community Center.
What’s challenging about bringing this script to life?
One challenging element of bringing this script to life is the fact that many of the scenes of the text could be perceived as quite intimate, however the scenes need to be open and projected out in the open for all of the viewers to understand, requiring loud and bold projection where something tender might be.
How is this production bringing something new to this story?
This production takes the story of “star crossed lovers” and places it in the time right before the gold rush, when the Californian missions were being established and migrants were moving out west to California, creating racial tensions between the families established and the ones arriving.
What’s going to surprise people about this show?
Something that might surprise people about this show is the amount of Shakespearean text translated into Spanish for some characters. This helps establish the setting for the story and culture for some characters.
Call someone out by name: who must come see this production?
My old pals Yousef Arafa and Jacob Shapiro need to come out to see perform this role.
How is this character like you? Different?
My character and I are alike in the fact that we are determined, strong, and passionate, yet disciplined and well mannered. We like to set life goals for ourselves. Needless to say we share a similar charm. We’re different in the fact that the force of which he uses to make assumptions and judgments of others is more heedless than mine would be.
What do you love about this character?
I admire my character’s confidence, his charm, his politeness, and the fact that he is a successful member in this society.
What’s the biggest challenge about taking on this role?
The biggest challenge of taking on this role is discovering the balance he has between wanting to keep the peace as political figure, yet having the fiery impulse to aggressively arrest someone in a dual by the end of the show.
Besides yourself, what celebrity would you like to see tackle this character?
I would like to see Tom Hiddleston tackle this role.
If you could play any other character in this show, who would it be?
If anyone, I would say that someday I’d love to play the role of Romeo, however, I enjoy being a character that brings a certain conflict to the story.
When did you first perform?
I first started performing in little musical shows in church at the age of five and have been performing in various things ever since.
Besides this one, what’s your favorite stage show?
Besides this one, my favorite stage show has to go to Les Miserables.
What’s your perfect Sunday afternoon look like?
My perfect Sunday afternoon would look like a nice run/hike after church.
What do you do when you’re not doing theatre?
When I’m not doing theatre, I’m taking college classes and playing cello/guitar.
If you could choose any show, what show would you do next?
If I had omnipotent power, I would choose to do the show Tarzan.
What’s the last thing you do before you step out on stage?
Before the curtain goes up, I say a prayer of blessing and thanks for the show and I envelop the world and mind of my character.
Anthony is very thankful for the wonderful opportunity to perform in On The Edge’s production of Romeo and Juliet. Regional: Peter and The Starcatcher (Peter/Boy), Fiddler on The Roof, The Addams Family (Lucas), Beauty and the Beast (Gaston), and The Killer Angels: Soldiers of Gettysburg at the Maverick Theatre. Graduate of South Coast Repertory Theatre Conservatory. Sincere gratitude to God, loving family and friends, Ivan Rutherford, Joni Prado, Aaron Al-Iman, Erin McNally at S.C.R, Kathy Paladino, Brian Newell and Pacific Dance Studio. “Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
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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