Sam Concepcion is playing the titular role of the upcoming Trumpets stage musical Joseph the Dreamer, 9 years since he stopped doing theater.
“I’m a bit rusty; I’m coming in a little cold. If you haven’t been on a bicycle for quite a while, the ride will be rocky at first. But eventually, as you go on, it begins to feel natural again,” he admitted to Inquirer, referring to his long hiatus. However, he says that he’s getting better as the days progress.
“I’m doing well,” he added. “But there are still a lot of adjustments to be made. There are things to improve. There’s room for growth. I’m pushing myself to the limits, because this show is close to my heart, and I want it to do well.”
He shared that playing Joseph won’t be easy because of all the physical performances and the complexity of the character.
“It’s quite a physical show. And on top of that, you need to fully understand the arc of the character, this innocent kid with a bright future who, unfortunately, has to face pain, suffering, and the world’s malevolence. There are lots of ups and downs. I need to be able to show his journey,” he said.
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Joseph The Dreamer will run from February 21 at the Maybank Performing Arts Theater. It follows the story of the biblical character Joseph, the 11th son of Jacob. It is written by Freddie Santos and was first staged in 1989 with Audie Gemora playing the titular role. Gary Valenciano and Franco Laurel then took over the role during the 1999 and 2009 stagings.
Concepcion’s last theater play was Peter Pan in 2011. He also starred in High School Musical and The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.
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