Last night, September 3, nagkaroon ng press preview ang musical play na N.O.A.H. (No OrdinaryAquatic Habitat) sa Meralco Theater. Angtheater production na ito ay produced ng Trumpets.
Maituturingna isa itong matagumpay na gabi, despite the fact na ang gumaganap na Mrs. Noahna si Sheila Francisco ay nagsakit at nawalan ng boses. Ang talent manager na si Carlo Orosa ang gumanap bilang Noah samantalang ang mga Sison brothers na sina Marek, Enzo at Ruiz ang gumanap bilang mga anak ng Biblical character na ito.
Ang script, songs, production design, costumesand lighting are almost perfectly done kaya naman masayang-masaya rin si Sam Concepcion nang makausapnamin after their live performance last night.
Ito pala ang unang pagkakataon ni Sam na magperform live in front of a theater audience.
Aniya, "It'smy first performance with an audience. May alternate po ako rito. Si Fred Loand he's one of the choruses po kanina."
A weekafter raw na mag-rehearsal ang buong team ng Trumpets saka pa lang siya pumasokpara mag-rehearse, so, less than two months din daw ang naging training niya asThe God and Narrator.
Malakingbagay rin daw na noong 11 years old siya, nakasama siya sa isang play na puppetnga lang ang mga gumanap and with Gary Valenciano as the voice of Noah kayakahit paano, familiar na rin daw siya sa mga sasabihin niya.
"'Yun ngapo, if you don't know, this production N.O.A.H. was actually called before asMr. Noah's Big Boat. And it was the theater play with puppet. I was the voice of the little kid then, ‘yungyoungest ni Noah and Mr. Noah was Gary Valenciano. And Mrs. Noah was BituinEscalante.
"It's thesame story, pero, iniba na po siyang talaga for big theater play and actualpeople to play. May idea na po ako,pero, with the narrator and God, may idea na rin po ako and when I was in theprocess of learning the character, I honestly thought, it's not easy to be God!Mahirap po talaga to be gentle and firm and to nurture at yourself at thesame time and very caring and loving.
"No mancould do it," natatawang sabi niya.
In fairnessto Sam, surprisingly ay nagampanan niya ng mahusay ang kanyang character bilangGod kahit sabihin pa na ang directly kapalitan niya ng linya ay isang actor mucholder than him—his very own manager, Carlo Orosa.
"It'ssomething new for the audience to see that you know, God can relate to you. Itcan be cool. So, ‘yun..."
He was working with his manager,Carlo who was also good on his role as Noah. How was it?
"Actually,it's been years since we last worked together. The last one po was in 2002, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Youknow, I almost forgot na nga how it is to be with Tito Carlo on stage, but it'sa pleasant experience having Tito Carlo on stage.
"He wasvery funny and he always come up with new things."
Ilangmusical play na rin ang nagawa ni Sam, especially for Trumpets. His last major play was High SchoolMusical. At kahit sabihing nakikilala narin naman siya both television and movies, tila ang genre na ito ang isa sabinabalik-balikan pa rin niya?
"Yes, well,given the fact that this is where I really started, dapat we look back to wherewe started and you know, we always come back to that. It's a great feeling that you always go backhome."
Kungtutuusin, at Sam's age now, marami na rin siyang achievement na nagagawa--asidefrom the fact na continues pa rin siya sa kanyang pag-aaral. Pero maypagkakataon na tila nao-overlook ang mga achievements niya dhil nakikukumpara siya sa iba, lalo na dahil siya ang nanalo dati sa Little Big Star.
Peromagkaganunman, he has nothing but contentment naman daw.
"Of course,of course...God has blessed me po talaga with so much more than I even couldimagine or ask for. Just the feelingwhat you we're able to do and what you enjoy doing and being able to share itwith people. Nakikita mo that you enjoy it as well. It's very fulfilling for me.
"For anyonenaman po, e. You just learn how tocount your blessing in everyway. And you'll be surprise to see na ang damipala."
UPCOMING ALBUM. After ngN.O.A.H., ilalabas naman na raw ang second album niya under Universal Records.
"We'realready on the nitty-gritty part of editing. Kasi po, we're doing a differentconcept. Lahat po ng songs may music video. Kapag pinagsama-sama n'yo po anglahat ng video, it's actually a short movie.
"Independently,merong sari-sariling video ‘yung songs but just like Noah, meron siyang bigpicture kapag pinagsama-sama," natawa niyang sabi.
So far, hislast appearance on television was on the ABS-CBN show I Love Betty La Fea, pero okay lang daw sa kanya dahilnakakapag-concentrate siya sa musical nila which will run from September 4 toSeptember 27 at Meralco Theater.
"Mahirapdin po kasi ang acting and singing at the same time. Mahirap din pong kumantakapag puyat. So, we'll see po. Kasi, I'd like to explore in my musicality as anartist. Gusto ko po kasi na mag-grown pa as an artist. Someday also to be ableto make songs not just for me but also for other people."
Mapapanood ang N.O.A.H. (No OrdinaryAquatic Habitat) sa Meralco Theater, Ortigas tuwing Biyernes, Sabado at Linggo hanggang September 27, 2009. Tickets are available at Ticketworld (Tel. No. 891-9999).