GREAT EXPECTATIONS

April 10, 2010 by:
GREAT EXPECTATIONS

GREAT EXPECTATIONS

A modern version of the Charles Dickens Classic

THEATRE GUILD OF ANCON

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DATES:

6 SHOWS!!

Thursday – Saturday, the last 2 weekends of April

April 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 and May 1st

All shows at 8:00pm
PRICE:

Tickets $10

All proceeds go to support the Theater Guild of Ancon’s

ANNIVERSARY FACELIFT CAMPAIGN

RESERVATIONS

tgapanama@gmail.com,

212-0060

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It’s our anniversary!! This year the Theater Guild turns 60 and we are celebrating by opening our season with our own modern adaptation of the great Charles Dickens classic, GREAT EXPECTATIONS.

SYNOPSIS
Phillip Pirrip, known to his friends and not-so-loved ones as Pip, is a VHS store clerk with great ambition and relentless soul, stuck in the trappings of being a young adult in the 1990’s. Despite the support from his best friend, the bubbly and loving Biddy, his heart only has room for one person: the beautiful, elusive Estella. Spanning over thirty years, from the 1980’s when a deeply traumatizing event plants the seed of insecurity in a young Pip to the point where he meets Estella, niece of the devilishly charming Miss Havisham, the cat-and-mouse game of these star-crossed lovers will stand the test of time, distance and the world around them, against all odds. Will Pip and Estella ever be together? Will Miss Havisham and the evil Magwitch have their way and prevent them from finding love? But most importantly, what happens when the unstoppable force meets the immovable object?
An homage to movies and the people who love them, this adaptation of “Great Expectations” has been put through a pop-culture filter with references to “He-Man,” “Star Wars,” “Say Anything,” TROMA and many more.

BEHIND THE SCENES:
Written and directed by Panamanian writer Rob Riveria and produced by Kimberly Hall, this one-of-a-kind production will feature the creative talents of a wide variety of artists, from designers to illustrators, musicians and more. An homage to movies and the people who love them, this adaptation of “Great Expectations” has been put through a pop-culture filter with references to “He-Man,” “Star Wars,” “Kubrick” and many more.

Rob Rivera is a writer/promoter who’s published various works of fiction in Spanish and English both in Panama and internationally, nowadays enjoying his position as one of the most important Panamanian bloggers and columnists online. He has also made a mark in Panamanian culture with his brainchild, the Porto Diao project, a creative think-tank with a specialty in viral marketing as well as concerts, events and promoting out-of-the-ordinary happenings all over Panama City. Porto Diao strives to make way for culture in new, innovative ways for young and old. www.portodiao.com

CAST
The Theatre Guild is proud to have two extremely talented young up-and-coming local actors as leads. After enjoying her popular role as a host for the Travel Panama channel Betty Chemier  (ESTELLA) returns to the stage in ravishing role. Andres Clemente (PIP) is back to the stage after his successful leading role in PAC’s 2009 production of Strangely Familiar.
PIP   Andres Clemente

ESTELLA  Betty Chemier

YOUNG PIP  Diego Riley

YOUNG ESTELLA Page Tazewell

BIDDY   Kari King

MAGWITCH  Dan Heinrichs

MISS HAVISHAM Nancy Niemi

JOE   Matthew Addis

JAGGERS  Fernando Dreyfus
With special appearances by:

Tony Loew and Ricardo Agurcia

ABOUT THE THEATER GUILD

The Theatre Guild of Ancon was founded in 1950 by a group of Panamanian and American citizens who were interested in developing English language theatre in Panama.   Our productions run the gamut of the theatrical spectrum – from modern, controversial dramas, to comedies and family entertainment, to musicals.  Our stage has been the first step for performers such as Robert Loggia and Ruben Blades, and for successful directors such as Bruce Quinn.
The vision of the Theater Guild is to redefine the spirit of community theatre in Panama, while maintaining the actor as artisan tradition; promote the performing arts, provide a stage for performers to present their works in any language, and to instill the principles of excellence in all actors, directors and technical personnel in Panama.

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