Duo in fine voice for joint pro­duc­tion

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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.

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