Wednesday 27, October 2021 • 5:30 am
Nelson Portillo has been an artist since he was a child, from that stage he enjoyed and was attracted to music and singing, but growing up, feeling attracted to the performing arts together with his running mate José Antonio Ramírez (current creative director of TH) they formed The Hamlet Theater has been going for 49 years and has been on stage ever since.
“We have always kept it (the theater) in wars, in storms, earthquakes, we have always been,” Nelson Portillo told Diario El Mundo.
Comedy, musical, biblical theater and especially children’s theater have marked the company’s trajectory, which Nelson Portillo himself recognizes as a real scenic challenge.
“Children’s theater is the most difficult because a child is so spontaneous, so natural. If they don’t like it, they start crying. Getting into children’s theater has been the most difficult phase to delve into reaching children, ”explains Portillo.
Besides being a scenic challenge, Portillo and Ramírez acknowledge that the lack of this type of theater led them to maintain it: “The country has been an orphan. There have not been many groups that seek to arrive with sincerity and with a way that is easy for them to understand ”.
Since the adoption of children’s theater, they have chosen to stage traditional tales of the Brothers Grimm, by Hans Christian Andersen, as they ensure their values and messages are always worth highlighting.
The most complicated situation they have had to face was the death on stage of their fellow actress Irma Elena Fuentes, who died of cardiac arrest while playing her role as a witch in the play “The Wizard of Oz” on October 17, 2004.
Other elements that have affected HT have been the different natural disasters that caused delays in the presentations.
Finally, the covid-19 pandemic. “We already had end-of-year projects (in 2020) and we already had everything about Jesús de Nazareth for Easter, and it fell, and from there everything,” Ramírez said.
The most rewarding.
Among the most gratifying of these almost 50 years for both theater artists has been to have seen children grow up who entered TH and that as they grew up, many continued their artistic life (some even outside the country).
Also, I remember that in the 80s (in the middle of the civil war) they saw several buses arrive at the theater with many children encouraged to see the company’s presentation.
From 1981 to 2019 they did not stop any year of presenting theater seasons, and after a long period of confinement they return with presentations that do not require a large cast. So every Sunday in November there will be presentations of “The 3 little pigs and the Big Bad Wolf” at the Spanish Center with performances at 10 and 11:30 in the morning.
There will be strict biosecurity measures.