After the live and online auditions, Resorts World Manila (RWM) proudly introduces two promising young talents who will be playing the lead role in its latest theater offering, Annie. Nine-year-old Krystal Brimner, who recently won a Best Child Performer award in the 2015 Metro ManilaÂ Film Fest for her role as Angel in Erik Mattiâ€™sÂ Honor Thy Father, and 10-year-old Isabeli Elizalde who takes her first shot at professional acting were both cast for the coveted role.
â€œAnnie is very positive, which is me. I like being positive always,â€ said the beaming Krystal who donned the Annie red dress for the occasion.Â â€œAnnieâ€™s nice, she cares, and sheâ€™s careful,â€ she added.
Isabeli shared the same excitement when asked how she felt on landing the role. â€œIâ€™m really happy that Iâ€™ve gone so far, and that Iâ€™ve made it this far, and that now, I am Annie– I am now part of the play,â€ she shared.
Krystal and Isabeli performed song excerpts from the musical including the classic â€œTomorrowâ€ which caught the attention of Annie director Michael Williams and Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo who will be playing the role of Ms. Hannigan.
Both young ladies admitted being pressured at first during auditions where they bested hundreds of hopefuls but managed to be in their best form when they were asked to sing excerpts of the songs from the musical.
â€œWhen the auditions were over I said, â€œFinally, itâ€™s done!â€ And then they told me that I was part of Annie, and I was super excited that I got the role,â€ shared Krystal.
Isabeli also shared her excitement during the audition process. â€œThe auditions were fine. I actually liked performing in front of TitaMenchu and Tito Michael because I knew the songs and I got to sing them. I wasnâ€™t so pressured,â€ she said.
RWM Chief Operations Manager for Entertainment Alou Almaden was equally ecstatic with the casting of the two fresh talents as she shared RWMâ€™s efforts in making the musicalâ€™s production underway happen.
â€œWeâ€™re very excited about Annie. We had so many challenges before we actually got the rights for the musical from MTI New York. Rest assured, RWM is behind Full House Theater Company and Ultimate Entertainment throughout the musicalâ€™s run,â€ said Almaden.
Annie is set to open this September at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila. For more updates visit www.rwmanila.com.
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Conveniently located across Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3, RWM is an instant gateway to world-class Philippine hospitality and is home to four lodging brands, (MAXIMS Hotel, MARRIOTT Hotel Manila, REMINGTON Hotel, and BELMONT Hotel), a three-story convention center housing the countryâ€™s largest hotel ballroom (Marriott Grand Ballroom), and two more hotels (SHERATON Hotel Manila and HILTON Manila Hotel) currently under construction.
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