Khalil Ramos

Khalil Ramos Conquers New Career Frontier As A Thespian

Aside from doing his homework, Khalil also took voice and piano lessons to prepare for this role

Singer, actor, entrepreneur, and now stage actor Khalil Ramos couldn’t be prouder to have finally conquered his fear of the theater stage.

The Sparkle artist will be taking on the role of Jon, a struggling composer who is questioning his life decisions as he turns 30, in his theatrical debut for “Tick, Tick… Boom.”

“It was something that I always had at the back of my mind. I didn’t really know why it took me so long to finally decide, but I was always terrified of it,” shared Khalil in a recent interview with ABS-CBN News

The actor, who also added content production among his many skills, considers stage acting as his “final frontier.”

“[Like] the missing piece in the puzzle, because I’ve dabbled in all the other mediums,” he explained.

Now, after weeks of preparing for the show, Khalil can only look back and ask himself what took him so long to venture into this side of the industry.

“I could’ve done this a long time ago and I could’ve seen the beauty of theater and preparing for a stage production,” he said. 

Prepping for his debut

Khalil shares his role Jon with Jef Flores, who also played the character in 9 Works Theatrical’s 2016 staging of “Tick, Tick… Boom.”

While he’s surrounded by seasoned performers like Jef, Reb Atadero, Kayla Rivera, and Tanya Manalang, Khalil nevertheless assured that he’s doing his best to keep up with their pace.

“I went to voice lessons because I am not like my co-actors, I wasn’t trained to sing on stage. And it requires more and it’s a different training for you to be able to sustain and endure a weekend,” Khalil explained.

On top of that, Khalil also took piano lessons while “pouring everything” he could into this project. 

“I also had to do my homework in advance, just trying to do everything before everyone does it because I’m not like them who are a bit more used to a theater production. Just everything more tediously,” he added.

Given his rigorous preparation for the show, will he be open to taking on more theater projects in the future?

“Hopefully, if I don’t mess it up,” he said in jest. 

Turning serious, he added, “But it’s something that I think I’m very comfortable doing. Hopefully in the future if the time permits and there is also another project or production that I am fit to do, why not?”

9 Works’ re-staging of “Tick, Tick… Boom” will run on all weekends of August at RCBC Plaza in Makati. 

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