Sam Concepcion is excited to "fly" as Peter Pan this September

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"Excited din akong lumipad!" says Sam Concepcion enthusiastically about his upcoming play Peter Pan. It will run from September 29 to October 30, 2011 at the Meralco Theater in Pasig City.


Isang kakaibang Sam Concepcion na naman ang aabangan ng mga tao sa kanyang pagbibidahan na play, ang Peter Pan.

Bago pa man pumasok ng showbiz, sa theater unang nakilala si Sam. Miyembro siya ng theater group na STAGES at kasali sa Trumpets Playshop.

Dito ay nagbida siya sa ilang mga play, kabilang ang The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe ni Edmund Pevensie.

Ngayon, ang pagbibidahan naman ni Sam ay ang collaboration play ng Stages at Repertory Philippines, na unang beses na gagawin ng dalawang theater groups. Tatanghalin ito simula September 29 to October 30, 2011 sa Meralco Theater, Pasig City.

Sa panayam ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) kay Sam, sinabi nitong masayang-masaya siyang maging parte ng collaboration na ito.

"It’s the first time din na magko-collaborate yung Repertory and STAGES for a big production, yet, especially this year.

"So excited na to take on a role, Peter Pan isang icon, siyempre, one of the classics na, e. So a big role for me is another big challenge, e.

"I’m just thrilled na maging part ng production na ’to."

PETER PAN. Ang Peter Pan ay original creation ng novelist-playwright na si J.M. Barrie.

Ilang adaptation na din ng istoryang ito ang nagawa sa teatro, mula pa noong 1924. At katulad ng lahat, pinangarap din ni Sam na maging Peter Pan.

"Everyone has grown up naman po kasi knowing Peter Pan, I mean admiring that character.

"As a kid you think na, I want to be a Peter Pan, and enjoy being young and we can’t go back in that days where everything is good and happy

"[But] I’ll be able to live that dream here."

Apat na taon din ang lumipas nang huling magbida si Sam sa isang malaking production; ang huli ay Disney’s High School Musical (2007).

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Bagaman madami na siyang theater plays na napagbidahan noon, iba pa rin ang excitement na nararamdaman niya sa production na ito.

"Being in this shorts, vest and shoes, iba ’yung feeling, you know iba kasi, e. Yung feeling sa stage and just telling the story, yun yung excitement dun."

Mula nang i-adopt ang classical story na ito, kadalasan ay babae ang gumaganap sa mga theater presentations nito.

Ilan sa mga babaeng gumanap sa character na ito ay si Zena Dare (1907), Jean Arthur (1950) at Mary Martin (1954).

Pero ang theater play na ito’y gaganapan ng isang lalaki, at talagang isinulat para sa isang lalaki.

"Yes, this is the first Peter Pan na gagawin sa Asia, first Peter Pan of this version, and at the same time ito po kasi yung Peter Pan na sinulat for a guy.

"’Yung mga previous Peter Pan, ’yung Peter Pan nila babae. Siyempre para mukhang bata, maliit, mataas boses ganun."

Sa edad na 18, masasabing hindi na bata si Sam pero hindi pa rin naman matanda. Kaya naman sakto ang role na Peter Pan sa kanya.

Pag-amin din ni Sam, malapit talaga ang karakter ni Peter Pan sa kanya sa totoong buhay.

"Pretty close, we dress alike, this is pretty much how I look at home, watch TV on the couch," natatawang sagot ni Sam.

"No, I don’t take my job too seriously and minsan I have fun and I refuse to grow up din in some aspects of my life.

"You can’t be like that in the real world."

PREPARATIONS. Dahil nga ito ang magiging pagbabalik sa lead role ni Sam sa theater, talagang pinaghahandaan niya ito.

Mula nang magsimula si Sam sa showbiz ay kapansin-pansin na ang maliit na pangangatawan nito. Kaya naman isa ito sa mga in-improve ni Sam.

Pero giit niya, may dahilan naman daw ang pagpapalaki niya ng katawan.

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"Actually this version of Peter Pan mas old siya, e, hindi siya yung usual na Peter Pan na kiddie and all that.

"Pero it is still a family musical, it’s still everybody can watch, all ages pero, older, mas mature, mas bago ng konti kaya mas excited ako."

Dagdag pa dito, kinukundisyon din daw niya ang kanyang sarili para sa mga sword fights na gagawin nila ni Captain Hook, na gaganapan ni Michael Williams.

Pero ang pinaka-kinasasabikan daw niya ay ang mga flying stunts nila ng kanyang mga kasamahan sa play.

Kuwento pa niya: "Excited din akong lumipad!"

"First time din to fly on stage. It’s a big flying machine din kasi, it’s one of the things na aabangan ng mga tao sa production na ’to.

"We’re flying in a flying machine from London, which is officially ginagamit ng Peter Pan production.

"There’s gonna be a lot of flying, and we’ll really gonna prepare for that kasi this is a big musical."

Hindi matago ni Sam ang excitement na kanyang mararamdaman sa upcoming theater performance na ito.

Magsisimula na ang rehearsals ng cast ng Peter Pan ngayong July. Kaya naman ang mensahe ni Sam sa kanyang mga kasama sa play, "It’s just great to be a part of such a great cast, na I can learn so much from."

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