Samir Al-Alami: “Without a menacing villain, the show would lose its dynamic.”

Junior Samir Al-Alami will be playing Captain Hook in the upcoming musical. Photo by Darwin Tse.
Junior Samir Al-Alami will be playing Captain Hook in the upcoming musical. Photo by Darwin Tse.

Q: Have you taken part in any past plays or musicals at Keppel? What were they, and what roles did you play?
A: I have taken part in the last two musicals: Flower Drum Song as a member of the ensemble and Beauty and the Beast as Lefou.

Q: How was your transition like from playing a submissive character like Lefou to an assertive character like Captain Hook?
A: It was very daunting to be honest. Making that transition was immensely difficult, and it was probably among the most difficult things about the role. The fact that Hook is the leader of all these pirates is the hardest part, as being seen as this authority figure by the other pirates.

Q: How did you feel when you found out that you got the role of Captain Hook?
A: I was floored; I remember being completely surprised that I was even being offered the role.

Q: Did you originally audition for this role? If not, which role did you audition for?
A: I never auditioned for the role. In fact, I actually auditioned for the role of Smee, Hook’s right hand man.

Q: Were there any difficulties that you encountered during the time you were preparing for the musical? If yes, what kind and how did you overcome it?
A: Mainly, I would say the hardest part of the show would be just getting the choreography down for the songs because I dance with two left feet. I got over it by rehearsing every day!

Q: This is your first big role in the musical, so do you feel any pressure about acting as the villain? If yes, how so?
A: I do actually. I feel that without a menacing villain, the show would lose its dynamic. So I felt pressure to be that foil to Peter Pan.

Q: If you had to describe the musical in one word, what would it be?
A: If I were to describe it in one word, I would say nostalgic because it brings back the little kid inside of me. It reminds me of when I used to dream about not ever growing up; it brings me back to simpler times.

Q: What are your hobbies?
A: I love to run, play soccer, chill, and do some gaming on the side.

Q: What has been your most memorable event at Keppel so far?
A: I will be honest when I say this. I do not know if I can say I had one great memory here at Keppel yet.

Q: Do you have anything to say for the people coming to the show?
A: I just want people to come in with an open mind.


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