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'Romeo en Julia: van Haat tot Liefde' held it's performances at the Stadsschouwburg theatre in Antwerp, Belgium from September 22nd to March 16th in 2002. Even though some critics disliked the show, it ran longer then expected. After it's run in Antwerp, the show was supposed to go to Gent, but because of troubles with Musichall, it was postponed.

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Davy Gilles (Romeo)
 
Next to his lessons at the Showbiz school in Ostend, Davy got private tutoring in singing, diction, guitar and piano. By then it was already clear that music had an important role in his life. He is a permanent member of the VTM-Soap band, he composes his own numbers and writes his own lyrics. As singer, he's released 4 CD's.
 
Before Romeo en Julia, he had done previous theatre work. He performed as Jonathan in the K3-musical "Doornroosje", and also in the Dutch tour of "Snow White" where he was the understudy for the Prince. The Flemish public knows him from roles in the popular TV-series "Vennebos and Family", where he still plays the part of Rik. 
 
After Romeo en Julia, Davy played Motel in the "Straight From the Heart" production of "Fiddler on the Roof". And Davy can now be seen as the Prince in the new production of "Snow White".

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Veerle Casteleyn (Julia)

Veerle was born in Vlaanderen, Belgium on March 6th 1978. Her name means 'Feather' in Dutch. She trained at the Municical Institute for Ballet, in Antwerp Belgium, and during her training she was in various plays such as “Joint Venture”, “Initiate”, “Fanfare”, “The Three Musketeers” (short piece), “Self Made” (final year at the Institute. Performed by all last-year students)

After leaving school, she performed in various shows in Belgium such as “Annie” (Orphan), The Sound of Music” (Liesal), “CATS” (Sylvani) and a revival of “The Sound of Music”

In 1997, Veerle moved to London to play the role of Jemima in the video production of “CATS”. Even though Veerle’s voice was going to be dubbed, it didn’t stop millions from falling in love with her wide-open face and big brown eyes. After the video, she took on several roles apart of the swing in the West End’s production of “CATS”. Soon after, she started to perform as Jemima on a regular basis; she also understudied the roles of Victoria and Rumpleteazer. After “CATS”, she joined the UK tour of “Carousel” as Louise. After the tour was over, Veerle went back to her homeland of Belgium and performed as Fredrika in the European tour of “A Little Night Music”. 

 

In 2002, Veerle landed the role of Julia in the Belgian production of the French hit, “Roméo et Juliette: de la Haine à l’Amour” (appropriately re-named “Romeo en Julia: van Haat tot Liefde") It was Veerle’s first lead role, and her first time releasing a CD with her voice on it. 

 

After "Romeo en Julia", Veerle starred as Chava in the Straight from the Heart production of "Fiddler on the Roof". She then took on the role of the adult Remi in the Netherlands touring production of the new musical, "Alleen op de Wereld". After a short hiatus, Veerle moved onto television…becoming a cast member on the Belgian TV show "De Vet Volgens Milo" as Sonja, an intern at a law firm.

 

During the end of 2005, Veerle took part in the Belgian version of the Czech musical "Dracula", as apart of the ensemble. After "Dracula", Veerle got cast in the Antwerp production of the ABBA song inspired musical "Mamma Mia!" as an ensemble member.

 

Veerle is currently touring the Netherlands in the show that made her so popular, "CATS", as the kitten Electra.

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Mark Tijsmans (Benvolio)
 

After his education in special youth care, Mark studied Theatre-Art at the Conservatorium. Meanwhile, he also took lessons in reading music notes, diction and playing percussion. As a teenager, he first performed on the stages at the KJT. Also acting in productions at the Theatre Antigone, KNS Antwerp, Torka T, and the Raamtheater.

 

Mark has also had numerous parts on TV-series like "Thuis", "Het Park", and "De Burgemeesters". The public mostly know him for his role as the police-officer Pasmans on "Flikken".

 

Music is yet a third passion of Mark. He is part of the Ketnetband and you can hear him on CD1 and CD2 of "Flikken".

 

Before Romeo en Julia, Mark performed as Peter Pan in the musical “Peter Pan”. And in 2001, Mark Tijsmans crawled in the skin of Mordred in "Camelot, the musical".

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Dieter Verhaegen (Mercutio)
 
Dieter is currently in his second master year musical at the Conservatorium in Brussels. Besides that, he also follows lectures at the Conservatorium in Antwerp. At the MJT, he participated in an impressive series of productions: "Pinocchio", "De Kleine Toverfluit", "Prinses Ezelsvel", "De Man Of Koekebrood", "Snow White", "De Kleine Prins", "De Bremersstadsmuzikanten" and "The Junglebook." He was also to be seen in "About Dedee", "Trojaanse Vrouwen" at Conservatorium in Antwerp.
 
During his musical education, he performed in theatre piece's such as "Medea", "Othello" and "Begeren onder the Olmen". He also performed in some musicals supervised by Brigitte Odette, Koen Van Impe and Koen Van Dijk. You can also hear some of Dieter in the ensemble of the film "Toy Story" and the musical "Aladdin" from Music Hall.

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Chris van Tongelen (Tybalt)
 

Chris van Tongelen is one of the brightest stars of the national and international musicalworld. He's an strong performer with an incredible voice reach so that each time he perform's he succeeds to bring the public in a state of uppermost ecstasy.

 

Chris played in a dozen or so national and international productions. His first large role was that of Frederick Trumper, the opponent of Hans-Peter Janssens in the musical "Chess". After that he played the principal part of Don Park in the German production of "Gaudi" in Cologne.  Chris was also almost 2 year active in Mönchengladbach There he played in the Gambler, a piece that was created by Eric Woolfson of the "Alan Parson's Project". In Flanders, he became known by the large musical audience as fairy-tale prince in "Snowwhite" and "Cinderella".

 

In the fall of 2001 Chris van Tongelen starred in the Flemish musical "Ben", that premiered on the 27th of september 2001. Next to musical's Chris also acts in "Familie" a television soap where he has the role of Bart Vandenbossche, hes also a permanent member of the VTM-Soapband.

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Daisy Thys (Lady Montague)
 
Daisy Thys studied small art at Studio Herman Teirlinck. After Chez Flo in the Fakell theatre she chose the musical path. She worked for five years at the musical-department of the Royal Ballet of Flanders. After that, she performed for two year in "Les Misérables" as Mme. Thenardier. When "Les Misérables" was done, she played the role of the Wicked Witch of the West in the musical "The Wizard Of Oz".
 
Television is also very known medium for Daisy.  At the moment, the public can see her as the cleaning lady Emma in "Droge Voeding Kassa" She is also a non permanent member of the VTM-Soapband.

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Iris Vandenkerckhove (Lady Capulet)
 

When she was a child, Iris Vandenkerckhove (aka Wendy Van Wanten) was obsessed by singing. She was a member of the choir Tonada, where all her talents fully developed. 

 

Her first taste of fame came when she released the CD-singles "Blijf nog een nacht" and "Verborgen Verdriet". But Iris is not just known in the the music world; in the televisionworld, she's proven her self more then once. She recieved the Golden Bert Award for the Flemish Radio and Television as most popular TV-personality. She also was seen in "Meester" with Frank Dingenen.  Recently, she surprised Flanders with a performance in the Oostende Casino, where she sung a classic concert with opera arias under leadership of Rudolf Werthen. 

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Jeannine Geerts (The Nurse)
 
Jeannine has studied solo song, music drama and acting. On stage she performed in "The Sound Of Music" (KBVV), "CATS" (Joop van den Ende) and :Les Misérables" (Music Hall). Jeannine also sang in "Le Nozze de Figaro", "Gianni Schicchi and "Reinaerde de Vos". For five years she was a solo singer at the "Hoofdstad Operette" where she played roles in "Die Lustige Witwe" and "Eine Nachte in Venedig"
 
Jeannine also was to be seen as the Wicked Stepmother in the Studio 100 production of "Sneeuwwitje". She is frequently active with voice overs for TV-commercials and has become an actress who is cast in alot in commercials or business films. She is also regular guest with the Cor Bakker Orchestra.

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Paul Vaes (Lord Capulet)
 
Paul Vaes has an impressive career in the Dutch musical world. He got his training at the Benjamin Franklin high school in Seattle, Washington (USA) where he played in "The Witness" and "Kiss Me Kate". Since that moment the musical fever wouldnt let go. 
 
In Joop Van Den Ende productions we could see him in "Rex", "Chicago", "Elisabeth", "Miss Saigon", "My Fair Lady", and "Cyrano, the musical".  In Flanders we also could see Paul in productions at The Royal Ballet Of Flanders, those were "Man Of La  Mancha", "Chess" and "Jesus Christ Superstar".  Paul also loves opera; he played in "La vie en rose" and 'Het Staat in de Sterren' with the  Lichtstad Operette in Eindhoven.

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Eric Baranyanka (Brother Lorenzo)
 
Since his early childhood, Eric has had enterainment and music in his bood. His success story starts with ending up as a finalist in the Rock Rally and also in the Belgian Rock Concours where he won with Family Duck, a powerful mixture of steaming funk and pop.
 
Eric has appeared on the small screen with guest roles in soaps Like "Familie" and "Spoed". He has also appeared in "Alladin, the musical" as The Genie.

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Jeroen Maes (The Prince)
 
With a large audience, Jeroen Maes is especially known for his variety of roles on TV. He played, for instance, guest roles in "De Kotmadam", "'Wittekerke", "Familie", "'Gilliam & De Bie" and "Spoed". But he is most known for his roles on the small screen as Freek in "Wat nu Weer", Steven in "Thuis", and as Eddy in "Lebbegem".
 
He also has a love for performing cabert, such as "The Lady Di Show". Before Romeo en Julia, he played Tante Sidonia in the musical "Suske & Wiske & De Spokenjagers". Further more, Jeroen is a singer at the VTM-Soapband and he often records voice-overs for radio and television.

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Filip D'Haeze (Paris)
 

For over a period of 6 years, Filip was the face and the frontman of the ambiance group En zo. In 1996 En Zo became third in the final of preselections for the Eurovision song contest.  At the moment Filip started an independent dance project called Swoop feat. Filip.

 

Besides this, Filip is a dance-tutor for children, ages ranging from 5 to 18. He is also a choreographer for groups, such as Dreamlovers. 

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Beatrice Warrand (Death)
 
Beatrice started her dance education in France, where she studied jazz & classic dance. Since 1992 she hooked up with the famous dance company of choreographer Redha "Compagnie Redha".
 
In the French production of "Romeo et Juliette" she was a Capulet dancer, and the "Death" understudy.

Understudies: Rob Pelzer, Jennifer Van Brenk, Mieke Laureys, Katrijn Van Geenhoven, Richard Spijkers, Roel Lauwens, Rory Six, Goele De Raedt, Paul Walhaus
 
Montague Dancers: Maïté Gheur, Saskia Duerinck, Mélodie Caillieret, Yvana Verbecq, Thao Nguyen, Noi Pakon Schuiffel, Christian Celini, Laurent Flament, Kylian Campbell, Stéphane Corcel, Rémy Lailavoix
 
Capulet Dancers: Sophy Ribrault, Kim Arts, Anne Chantraine, Flavie Hennion, alérie Masquilier, Cyril Journet, David Maes, Gregory Gonel, Damien Gajda, Florian Boutonnier

 

BELGIAN PRODUCTION TEAM:

 

Produced by: Geert Allaert

Muisc by: Gerard Prsgurvic

Flemish Translation by: Johan Verminnen

Choreography by: Redha

Assistant Choreographer: Christine Hassid

Assistant Stage Management: Pierrette Boisserie

Costumes by: Dominique Borg

Original Sound: Thierry Rogen & Philippe Parmentier