Duo in fine voice for joint production
A boy who had ‘‘no idea’’ he could sing has taken the lead role in an upcoming production of Copacabana.
Talented Dilworth pupil Nathan Hauraki, 16, does plenty of crooning as Tony alongside fellow lead Eliza Lantz from Diocesan School for Girls in their upcoming joint musical production Copacabana this month.
‘‘I had no idea that I could sing until I came to Dilworth,’’ Nathan says.
School music teacher Claire Caldwell knew he came from a musical family and asked him to have a go at singing Amazing Grace one day in 2010. The rest is history.
Eliza Lantz, 16, who plays the showgirl Lola in Copacabana is equally surprised to find herself in the limelight.
Eliza says she sees parallels between her own background and that of Lola – a novice performer who comes from the country town of Tulsa in ‘‘Okla-nowhere’’.
Chicago-born Eliza, who is in year 12 at Diocesan, has not had dancing lessons since she was 12 and says singing is new to her.
‘‘I’m surrounded at school by some really talented singers and dancers. So being chosen for the lead role was a real surprise,’’ she says.
‘‘Doing a joint production with Dilworth gives the musical a whole different dimension. The boys bring in so much talent.’’
The Diocesan-Dilworth production of Copacabana runs in the Diocesan school hall from May 11 to 16.
Rising stars: High school students Eliza Lantz and Nathan Hauraki are playing the lead characters in the Copacabana.