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The young and the restless

Classy picture: (from left: Jazmine Zabala, Karyl Factora, Tristan Cheng; (second row): Shalee Vicencio, Jim Ferrer, Jussy Pena, Nel Gomez, and Paolo Ocampo; (middle row): Cheska Ortega and Chaye Magg; (bottom row): Jin Dimson, Antonio Lane, Alex Reyes, and Daniel Delgado

Remember that popular teen anthem that was released in the ‘90s? “We are young, we run green. Keep our teeth, nice and clean,“ the opening lyrics went, “see our friends, see the sights, feel alright.” The song Alright by British alternative rock band Supergrass was featured prominently in the movie Clueless and was every bit the cattle call as it was a call to arms for a generation that was just about to break out. Booze, girls, “smoking a fag” — it talked about the youth’s first whiff of adulthood (and/or questionable maturity) which is probably among the most exciting stages of our lives, in hindsight.

And let’s not forget Swirl 360’s Candy in the Sun, another anthem that perfectly captured the generation. It talked about a place where the sun was always shining and not forgetting the people who kept you smiling. “You’re like candy in the sun, you’re my angel on the run. You’re like candy in the sun, hey, hey, hey.” The song was used heavily in the Drew Barrymore hit Never Been Kissed and, to my memory, was pretty much the anthem of my teenage infancy, even as I transitioned into adulthood.

Looking back at these songs, I can’t help but be transported to my days around the covered courts during lunchtime, mamon cheeks, bitin clothes, and hair parted in the middle. Unfazed by the problems we 20-somethings nowadays face (career, relationships, et al), my joys (and heartbreaks) back then were much simpler.

Contrary to what the post-adolescent Taylor Swift sings, the trouble was not “when (a boy) walked in,” but when the marching line from the covered courts to the classroom was broken. The walk of shame was not stepping into an afternoon rendezvous with friends, wearing the same clothes on your back from a torrid night out in Privé, but when you didn’t make it in time for the flag ceremony, or you screwed up the items on your spelling list. Sorry, Mom, I didn’t get a 10/10! And bullying? Well, there was never a watered-down version of that. Grade school or in real life, it’s just wrong. One thing’s for sure: life, back then, was a hell of a lot simpler.

In our biggest shoot yet (by “biggest,” we mean a cast of 32 invading a school field on a late Friday afternoon while actual kids were running around in the background for soccer practice), Young STAR talks to the cast of Repertory Philippines’ Camp Rock (yes, THAT Camp Rock – the Disney movie which starred the JoBros, current X-Factor judge Demi Lovato, and Anna Maria Perez de Tagle of Hannah Montana fame) “slumbook style” about a life in the theater, their career milestones, and regardless of affiliation, where they would personally enroll next summer? Camp Rock, or the newer and more state-of-the-art Camp Star?

 

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Real Name: Markki Stroem

Alias: “Shane Grey”

Affiliation: Camp Rock

My all-time favorite Disney character is… Jack Sparrow ‘coz Johnny Depp rocks!

 

Real Name: Nacho Tambunting

Alias: “Nate Grey”

Affiliation: Camp Rock

What I love most about theater is… the chance to play so many different people.

 

Real Name: Jef Flores

Alias: “Jason Gray”

Affiliation: Camp Rock

Regardless of my camp affiliation, I would definitely join… Camp Star. Air-con. IMAX Theater.

 

Real Name: Morissette Amon

Alias: “Mitchie Torres”

Affiliation: Camp Rock

My all-time favorite Disney character is… Selena Gomez! She’s a good actress, very charming and she looks like a fun person to be with.

 

Real Name: Justine Peña

Alias: “Dana Turner”

Affiliation: Camp Star

Camp Rock in one word: Awesomesauce!

 

Real Name: Cheska Ortega

Alias: “Tess Tyler”

Affiliation: Camp Rock then Camp Star then Camp Rock

The similarities between me and my character is that… I have that “bitchy side” of me that Tessa has. So I just exaggerate it in my performance.

 

Real Name: Nel Gomez

Alias: “Luke Williams”

Affiliation: Camp Star

Camp Rock in one word: Cardio!

 

Real Name: Mica Fajardo

Alias: “Ella Pador”

Affiliation: Camp Rock

Regardless of my camp affiliation, I would definitely join… Camp Rock! It’s all about the heart and soul.

 

Real Name: Cara Barredo

Alias: “Caitlyn Geller”

Affiliation: Camp Rock

The best theatrical role I’ve played to date is… Beth in Repertory Philippines’ The Little Women.

 

Real Name: B Delgado

Alias: “Margaret ‘Peggy’ Dupree”

Affiliation: Camp Rock

What I love most about theater is… that it’s a happy escape.

 

Real Name: Kiara Dario

Alias: “Rosie Day”

Affiliation: Camp Rock

My all-time favorite Disney character is… Miranda from Lizzie McGuire because she’s so funky.

 

Real Name: Eric Mercado

Alias: “Andy Hosten”

Affiliation: Camp Rock

Theater is… an escape.

 

Real Name: Hans Braga

Alias: “Sander Loya”

Affiliation: Camp Rock

Camp Rock in one word: Energy.

 

Real Name: Justin Valiente

Alias: “Barron James”

Affiliation: Camp Rock

The best theatrical role I’ve played to date is… Orosman in Dulaang UP’s Orosman at Zafira.

 

Real Name: Tristan Cheng

Affiliation: Camp Star

Alias: “Star Camper”

Regardless of my camp affiliation, I would definitely join… Camp Star. State of the art, man!

 

Real Name: Steve Hotchkiss

Alias: “Camp Rocker”

Affiliation: Camp Rock

My all-time favorite Disney character is… Raven from That’s So Raven. She’s so funny!

 

Real Name: Jim Ferrer

Alias: “Andrew Ichikawa”

Affiliation: Camp Star

Theater is… a magical world.

 

Real Name: Alex Reyes

Alias: “Holly ‘Hot’ Hutcherson”

Affiliation: Camp Star

What I love most about theater is… I can play different characters and experiment on how far I can go. Also, when I step onstage, I totally forget who I am.

 

Real Name: Daniel Delgado

Alias: “Moose Delgado”

Affiliation: Camp Star

My best theatrical role yet is… Young Scrooge in A Christmas Carol.

 

Real Name: Erika Pangan

Alias: “Courtney”

Affiliation: Camp Rock

Regardless of my camp affiliation, I would definitely join… Camp Star because they’re so angas.

 

Real Name: Jin Dimson

Alias: “Amber Kim”

Affiliation: Camp Star

The similarities between me and my character is that… we both love Korean music.

 

Real Name: Jazmine Zabala

Alias: “Caroline”

Affiliation: Camp Star

One way to describe my character is… intense.

 

Real Name: Fran Jose

Alias: “Camp Rocker”

Affiliation: Camp Rock

Regardless of my camp affiliation, I would definitely join… Camp Rock because it teaches you that relationships are way more important than winning.

 

Real Name: Chaye Mogg

Alias: “Summer”

Affiliation: Camp Star

My favorite JoBro is… Joe Jonas! He’s hilarious (and quite appealing, ha-ha).

 

Real Name: Paolo Ocampo

Alias: “Kiefer Martin”

Affiliation: Camp Star

The difference between me and my character is that… he’s cold-hearted and discriminating. Of course, I really am not like that.

 

Real Name: Arianna Norton

Alias: “Lizzie”

Affiliation: Camp Rock

My favorite Jo Bro is… Nick, probably. He seems more down-to-earth and he’s a great singer.

 

Real Name: Shalee Vicencio

Alias: “Adrianna Lima”

Affiliation: Camp Star

Theater is… my nirvana.

 

Real Name: Keano Aniban

Alias: “Quorry Flint”

Affiliation: Camp Rock

The best theatrical role I’ve played to date is… Seymour.

 

Real Name: Eddy Thompson

Alias: “John-John”

Affiliation: Camp Rock

My favorite JoBro is… Kevin Jonas. He is like the comedian among the brothers and some people say that I look like him 

 

Real Name: Toinky Lane

Alias: “Zebra Tigers”

Affiliation: Camp Star

My all-time favorite Disney character is… Buzz Lightyear!

 

Real Name: Karyl Factora

Alias: “TV Host Georgina Farlow”

Affiliation: Camp Star

Theater is… a stress reliever from my corporate job.

 

Real Name: Kelly Nicolas

Alias: “Riley Whitmore”

Affiliation: Camp Rock

What I love most about theater is… you can jump into another character’s life and explore different worlds.

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Camp Rock: The Musical, directed by Audie Gemora, runs until Dec. 16, 2012 at Onstage, 2/F, Greenbelt 1 in Makati. For inquiries, call 571-6926 or 571-4941 or log on to www.repertory.ph. Tickets are also available through Ticketworld at 891-9999 and www.ticketworld.ph

 

 

Photos by joseph pascual

Special thanks to

   Fr. horacio rodriguez,

   o.s.a., coach mario, Miss puzon,

   toots tolentino, gold soon,

   and juno henares

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