Hannah wins part in musical


Singer Hannah Morgan has a huge future in performance ahead of her – if her recent successes are any indication.

Hannah Morgan with mum Lee Tulloch  at Tamahere School (Photo: Geoff Lewis)
Hannah Morgan with mum Lee Tulloch at Tamahere School (Photo: Geoff Lewis)

Hannah, 10, made her stage debut as a member of the kids’ chorus in the Hamilton Operatic Society’s 2012 production of Oliver.

This year, the Tamahere Primary School pupil made the final selection to play orphan Annie – the lead role of the Auckland musical of the same name – but missed out because she was too tall, reports Geoff Lewis of Hamilton Press.

However, she secured the part of Tessie in the selection of 26 girls from the initial audition of 700.

Annie, due to open at the Civic Theatre in Auckland on June 13, is a professional production staged by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions from London’s West End. The adult cast comes with the show from England but the child actors are selected in New Zealand.

Hannah, who has been commuting, will move to Auckland temporarily for the show which requires fulltime rehearsals.

One of the reasons Hannah was selected for the role in Annie was her singing.

She began as a pupil of Lyrica director Loretta Wilkinson in 2013. She competed in the Hamilton vocal competitions in July and was placed in all five categories, earning one third, two seconds and two firsts in the 10-years and under age group.

She did grade 2 vocal exams from London’s Trinity College of Music accompanied by her grandmother Claudia Morgan of Cambridge on piano – and gained a 97 per cent mark, the highest for her age group in New Zealand.

Hannah is the daughter of Tamahere couple Lee Tulloch and Lewis Morgan.

Dad is the professional story-teller “Zebong” and mum has appeared in several shows for Playbox and Musikmakers in Hamilton.

She also played the part of orphan Annie in the 1986 Greymouth Operatic Society production.

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