角色對 心竅開 歷練足 辛曉琪演梁祝 時候到了!

 記者 邱素惠/報導

辛曉琪跨行演音樂舞台劇「梁祝」,旁人都以為她是考慮再三,沒想到她接到邀約沒幾天就爽快答應演出,她說:「時候到了!」而與2、3年前劇場高金都請不動相較,辛曉琪竟然也不計較片酬,她說:「劇場經營真的太辛苦了,還得謝謝他們給我這個演出機會呢!」

第一次演音樂劇,辛曉琪懷抱著「要有所改變」的心態,剛巧「梁祝」這個故事她很喜歡,而且改編的「梁祝」讓她躍躍欲試。

祝英台的角色雖然對她是新鮮嘗試與挑戰,但最讓她不假思索接演的原因,是她認為自己滿像祝英台的。

歌手無論多紅,都得面臨走下坡的現實問題,辛曉琪的唱片事業因「領悟」新紫乍紅,「味道」走到巔峰,雖然隨著唱片市場的景氣持續低迷,也因翻唱韓國歌曲再度翻紅,堪稱歌壇的異數。

辛曉琪近來顯得低調,坦言也有過想休息的衝動,不過,事實上,幾年前就陸續有劇場邀她演出舞台劇及音樂劇,而且酬勞還挺不錯,她之所以沒有試著轉換跑道,不是抗拒,而是尚未做好心理準備。

這一年來她經歷痛失益友、感情不順遂的人生挫敗,也悟出不少人生道理,如今「梁祝」上門,她認為該是時候了,一點都沒有考慮過片酬的問題。

「音樂劇唱腔與流行歌曲太不相同了,過去我唱流行歌曲努力擺脫聲樂的束縛,現在我又得更花心力揣摩歌劇的發聲,這對我來說真的很具挑戰。」

辛曉琪身歷其境排練之後才發現,演唱會忘詞可以技巧地矇混過去,唱啞了也可以將麥克風轉向觀眾幫腔,但音樂劇就不行了,身段、走位、歌詞合而為一,一閃神就完蛋,這讓她接戲之後戒慎恐懼,坦言壓力大的不得了。

【 2003-08-24/星報/4版/藝界人生 】

Many would think that Winnie would consider for a long time before agreeing to take part in the Musical "Butterfly Lovers". But, the fact is that it took her only a few days to make the decision. 

And, Winnie did not even mind that the fees is much lower than what some others had otherwise offered her earlier on.  "It is financially not easy to run a theatre group, instead, I should thank them for giving me the opportunity to take part in such a Musical."  Winnie said.

No matter how popular an artiste can be, one day, he/ she had to face the fate of being taken over by others.  The songs "Understanding" and "Scents" brought Winnie to the heights of her career.  Despite the fact that the Mandarin music scene was going through a bad patch, Winnie regained her popularity through the album "Forever".  This is indeed rare. 

Winnie had been keeping a low profile for a while and she herself admitted that there were occasions when thoughts of retirement crossed her mind.  Although several theatre groups had approached her earlier on, she did not feel mentally prepared at that time to take up the offers. 

Earlier this year, Winnie went through a rather difficult time in her life when she suffered setback in her relationship and lost another close friend.  Through these painful experiences,

Winnie gained a fresh perspective of life. So, when the offer for "Butterfly Lovers" came, she chanced upon it without even considering much on the monetary rewards; the right timing was a crucial factor for Winnie's decision.  The offer came at a time when she just made up her mind that she wanted to do something different. Furthermore, she loves this Classical love story and the character of Zhu Ying Tai very much.  She felt that her character resembles Ying Tai greatly.

Winnie frankly admits that the pressure is great as it is very different being a singer and performing in a Musical.