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Peanuts classic hits the stage

KALAMUNDA actor Liam Borbas and High Wycombe actress Brittany Isaia will be channelling their inner child when they join lovable loser Charlie Brown on stage for Garrick Theatre’s take on the classic 1967 musical You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.

Isaia will play Lucy van Pelt in the light-hearted musical showing a day in the life of Charlie Brown and his Peanuts gang in a collection of short scenes and songs based on the popular comic.

“Lucy is a crabby, obnoxious and opinionated five-year-old and big sister of Linus van Pelt,” she said.

“The show explores loneliness, the stress of school, fitting in, bullying, family, crushes and discovering yourself,” she said.

“It is packed with a huge variety of songs, from traditional music theatre to jazz and blues that allows the characters to expand on the story through music.”

Isaia said the musical had its challenges.

“Having to juggle such a high energy show with my Year 11 studies and exams is also difficult, but it is a challenge I’m willing to tackle for such a fantastic show,” she said.

The Finley Award nominee is no stranger to the stage, singing since she could talk and dancing from the tender age of three.

“I became involved in theatre in 2009 through Stagecoach Theatre Arts School in Guilford, where I won the Best on Stage award for that year,” she said.

“I was in my first amateur production Children’s Letters to God at Marloo Theatre in 2010 and since then I have played roles in Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Women and more recently Footloose.”

Isaia also wrote and starred in her original play Comatose through Garrick Theatre in 2014, which won her Best Actress, Best Original Script and the play also one Best Overall Production at the Hills Festival of Theatre.

Meanwhile Year 12 Mazenod student Liam Borbas will take on the witty role of Snoopy, Charlie Brown’s pet beagle.

It is Borbas’s third show for the year after slipping on his dancing shoes for Footloose at the Marloo Theatre and getting tenacious and intense in Mazenod College’s production The Lord of Flies.

Bassendean director Celeste Underhill said the family-friendly production would be a hit for all ages.

“Peanuts is classic and timeless. The characters will live on forever.”

You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown is showing at Garrick Theatre in Guildford on June 2 to 5t, 9 to 12, 15 to 18. All performances start at 8pm sharp except for matinees on June 4, 5, 11 and 12. To book call 9378 1990 or email bookings@garricktheatre.asn.au

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