That one time Joshua Tan dropped his 'Flying Through Time' partner

On the bright side, he only did it once

That one time Joshua Tan dropped his 'Flying Through Time' partner
That one time Joshua Tan dropped his 'Flying Through Time' partner
05 Dec 2017

That one time Joshua Tan dropped his 'Flying Through Time' partner

Fresh from just under two months of intensive training in Gyeongju, Korea, local actor Joshua Tan is back on familiar ground as the entire team of upcoming musical Flying Through Time flagged off their two-week preparations in Singapore for opening night of the production.

The cast started preparations on November 27, and Toggle was on the ground to have the first look at the outfits that were custom-made just for Singapore and witnessed how the entire team works like clockwork when it came to crunch time.

In between the hustle and bustle of the cast’s seemingly seamless chemistry, we also took the opportunity to catch up with Joshua, who told us more about his training in Gyeongju – he also introduced us to two of his castmates, Wang Yuan Yuan (who hails from Taiwan) and Jaime Lee (who hails from Malaysia), who dished out some dirt on Joshua we didn’t know about (it’s nothing too scandalous, don’t worry).

Just what happened in Gyeongju, and how ready are they to take the stage (in particular, Joshua, who not only has to make sure he’s in tip-top condition, but also conquer his fear of heights)?

Read on to find out.

Joshua bids goodbye to his dad bod – for good
Joshua bids goodbye to his dad bod – for good
05 Dec 2017

Joshua bids goodbye to his dad bod – for good

He might have packed on the 20 kilograms or so for a chubbier version of Ken Chow this time around, but he quickly shed the pounds and declared with a grin that the dad bod “isn’t something that I’ll go back to – ever”. He’s lost most of it since then, but mused, “I don’t think I’ll be losing the full 20 kilograms – I’m quite happy with my body right now, so I think I’ll be maintaining myself at this current weight.”

However, there’s one person who’s not the most thrilled about his speedy weight loss – his partner for the show, Jaime, who has a background in rhythmic gymnastics. “He lifts me up quite a number of times throughout the show, so during training, I could really tell the difference between when he had a bit more meat on him, as compared to now.”

“Joshua is definitely not as stable as he used to be, and I can feel his hands trembling a bit from time to time – so it would  be great if he can build up a bit more muscles before show day, or else I’ll be the one who has to lose weight!” she added in mock despair.

“He keeps saying stuff like ‘I don’t eat sweet things’, but we’ve seen him indulge in quite a bit of that when we were in Korea,” Yuan Yuan and Jaime told us when Joshua scurried away from an amazing-looking froyo tower, saying that he’s not one for desserts. Jaime added, “He’s probably trying to lose weight or at least maintain his weight, and that means I probably need to work a little harder too.”

(Continued on next slide: That uh, one time, Joshua made a mistake)

That uh, one time, Joshua made a mistake
That uh, one time, Joshua made a mistake
05 Dec 2017

That uh, one time, Joshua made a mistake

Later on, Joshua admitted over lunch that he accidentally dropped Jaime, whom he also referred to as his ‘master’ (or shifu in Mandarin), that one time when they were training in Gyeongju. “I was supposed to lift her but I don’t know why I ended up ‘throwing’ her to the side instead,” he shared.

Thankfully, Jaime, who was also present, said that she didn’t sustain any injuries, and she was merely a tad shocked at being dropped. “He’s gotten a lot more used to his routine now, so I don’t think it’s going to happen again,” she added with a grin. “I have confidence in my partner.”

This confidence was evident during their first training session at RWS, where Joshua and Jaime worked on lifts while we were there, with another cast member also present to correct Joshua’s posture and hand positions as the pair did lift after lift.

And in case you were wondering, there wasn’t any dropping involved.

(Continued on next slide: How ready is Joshua for his theatrical debut?)

How ready is Joshua for his theatrical debut?
How ready is Joshua for his theatrical debut?
05 Dec 2017

How ready is Joshua for his theatrical debut?

With all this said and done, how ready is Joshua for D-day – also known as opening night?

“Before you asked me this question, I’d say it was a seven out of 10,” he grinned. “But now that you asked me, I feel a bit more nervous than I was before!”

Part of his routine will involve a wire scene where his character, Tiger, battles his arch nemesis, Dark X, in a climactic scene – and Joshua admitted that his fear of heights sometimes gets in the way. Yuan Yuan and Jaime, who shared that they had “no idea” about Joshua’s acrophobia prior to our interview, said that he did look a bit nervous when he was up in the air, but never voiced out about it.

“I keep my eyes shut and I’m fine!” Joshua quipped. “No lah, actually, when you’re focusing on doing it right, you don’t even have the time to be afraid. It’s only after that I wonder how I did it.”

Click on for more photos of Joshua and the rest of the Flying Through Time cast at work!

Photo: Resorts World Sentosa

Apart from Joshua, local personality Melody Low is the only other Singaporean cast member
Apart from Joshua, local personality Melody Low is the only other Singaporean cast member
05 Dec 2017

Apart from Joshua, local personality Melody Low is the only other Singaporean cast member

For those who can't spot her, she's the one standing directly in front of Joshua in this snap.

Giving their best foot forward ahead of starting practice for the show
Giving their best foot forward ahead of starting practice for the show
05 Dec 2017

Giving their best foot forward ahead of starting practice for the show

The multi-national cast consists of actors from a diverse range of backgrounds, including Malaysia, China, Mongolia, Taiwan and Korea.

Joshua shared that he's grown really close to the cast members after spending so much time together
Joshua shared that he's grown really close to the cast members after spending so much time together
05 Dec 2017

Joshua shared that he's grown really close to the cast members after spending so much time together

Yuan Yuan (in black) and Jaime (in pinstripes) even quipped that they see him as "one of the girls" now.

Jaime and Yuan Yuan in one of their stage outfits for the show
Jaime and Yuan Yuan in one of their stage outfits for the show
05 Dec 2017

Jaime and Yuan Yuan in one of their stage outfits for the show

These outfits were specially tailored for Singapore, and we were one of the first to lay our eyes on these costumes.

The said froyo tower that Joshua tried his best to avoid
The said froyo tower that Joshua tried his best to avoid
05 Dec 2017

The said froyo tower that Joshua tried his best to avoid

Going through stretches before starting practice proper
Going through stretches before starting practice proper
05 Dec 2017

Going through stretches before starting practice proper

Flying Through Time will run from December 9, 2017 to January 21, 2018 at the Resorts World Theatre, Resorts World Sentosa. Tickets are priced at S$118, S$98, S$78, S$48 and S$38 (excluding booking fees) and now are available on SISTIC

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