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EXCLUSIVE: Krystal Brimner and Isabeli Elizalde all set to star in ‘Annie the musical.’

Krystal Brimner and Isabeli Elizalde prepare for their first major theatrical production.

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Rhea Manila Santos

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07/30/2016 10:15 AM
EXCLUSIVE: Krystal Brimner and Isabeli Elizalde all set to star in ‘Annie the musical.’

073016-Krystal_Push.jpgAfter being introduced as the lead stars of the upcoming stage production of Annie, child actresses Krystal Brimner and Isabeli Elizalde revealed they are currently enjoying rehearsals which started with a workshop last May. Krystal was last seen in the MMFF film Honor Thy Father where she played John Lloyd Cruzs daughter while Isabeli Elizalde is the daughter of former model Bianca Araneta-Elizalde and will be making her acting debut with Annie. “Its been really fun because the director Michael Williams he makes us laugh all the time. Its so great. I feel more confident now. Our director is very fun and hes good at directing us,” Isabeli told Push during the Annie trade launch held last July 27 at Resorts World Manila in Pasay.

Part of the plays challenge includes acting on stage with a trained dog which Krystal says was not a problem for her. "I have 12 dogs at home so Im used to dogs. I was already training with the dog. It was so fun it felt like having my own dog,” she shared. Unlike Krystal who is home schooled, Isabeli said she had to adjust to a busier schedule because of the play. "I start school tomorrow because mine is the US summer so I was out for June and July thats why I missed some of the dog training. But I have to miss my first day of school because I have my presscon tomorrow,” she shared.

The two admitted that they both idolize Lea Salonga when it comes to performing and also because Lea played the role of Annie in one of the earlier versions of the play. They admitted that if The Voice Kids coach would come and watch their performance it would be such an honor for them. “My favorite scene is its a ‘Hard Knock Life’ because its fun, we get to dance, we run around,” she added.


As a newcomer, Isabeli admitted that playing the lead is a big responsibility. “The most challenging part is maybe learning our lines? Its very big lines because were like in 95% of the show. So we have to memorize every line. Sometimes we get tired. It depends if were doing choreography but if were just singing its not really tiring because were just sitting down (laughs). Krystal and I are really close now. I love her. Shes my buddy,” she said.

Watch Annie starting September 30 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater at Resorts World Manila.