Alicia Morton

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Alicia Morton
Born (1987-04-29) April 29, 1987 (age 29)
Gonzales, Louisiana, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1999–2006, 2011

Alicia Morton (born April 29, 1987) is a former American actress and singer best known for playing Annie in the 1999 remake.

Biography[edit]

Morton started singing when she was 18 months old. When she was 12, she played Annie in Annie at her school in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She was 7 when she landed the part of young Cosette in Broadway's Les Misérables in 1996. Costar Ricky Martin would rub makeup on her hands for good luck.[1] In 1998, Alicia beat 3,000 girls to win the part of the Disney TV movie Annie,[2] which was broadcast on 7 November 1999 following a private screening at the New Amsterdam Theatre on 1 November 1999.[3] In this role, Morton struggled with some of the dramatic moments. "The emotional scenes were hard for me," she says, until an acting coach suggested she draw on her father's death.[4][5] Her best friend, Alexis Kalehoff, is the daughter of Broadway's original Annie, Andrea McArdle. McArdle also had a cameo role in Morton's film version of Annie; she played the Star-to-Be who has a solo in the song NYC.[2] Her most recent film was the 2006 vampire horror film The Thirst, where she played a young girl with hemophilia named Sara.

She graduated from East Ascension High in 2005, and started her freshman year of college in 2006. She also plays guitar.[6] She studied music at Tulane University[7] and also occasionally performs in regional theatre.

From October 6–16, 2011, Morton starred alongside Andrea McArdle in the new musical Greenwood the New York Musical Theatre Festival.[8] Morton now resides in her hometown of Gonzales, Louisiana, where she's teaching drama at Ascension Christian High and is engaged.[9] Today, Alicia enjoys working with young performers. She spends her time working with the theater department at Ascension Christian High School in her home town of Gonzales, Louisiana.

Filmography[edit]

1999 Annie Annie
2001 The Big House
Dodson's Journey Maggie Dodson
2004 Miracle Run Jennifer
2005 Odd Girl Out Tiffany Thompson
2006 The Thirst Sara

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alicia Morton
  2. ^ a b Knutzen, Eirik (7 November 1999). "Disney Casts Alicia Morton In The Latest 'Annie' Role". The Morning Call. Archived from the original on 4 July 2016. Retrieved 3 July 2016. 
  3. ^ Ehren, Christine (4 November 1999). "PHOTO CALL: More 'Annie' Cast Shots: Alicia Mortron and Kristin Chenoweth". Playbill. Retrieved 3 July 2016. 
  4. ^ CNN.com - 'Annie' celebrates 25 years - April 25, 2002
  5. ^ "Happy Anniversary! It Has Been 25 Years Since Annie′s Broadway Debut: Do You Know Where Your Favorite Orphan Is?". People. 57 (16). 29 April 2002. Retrieved 3 July 2016. 
  6. ^ Alicia Morton - Biography
  7. ^ Greenwood Cast
  8. ^ Hetrick, Adam (23 August 2011). "NYMF's Greenwood to Star Stage and Screen Annie Veterans Andrea McArdle and Alicia Morton". Playbill. Retrieved 3 July 2016. 
  9. ^ Spaner, Whitney (13 December 2014). "'You Won't Be An Orphan for Long': Where Are the Stars of Annie Now?". Playbill. Retrieved December 14, 2014. 

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