By all accounts, this year’s Schools Spectacular was a huge hit with dozens of Spectacular stars settling back into their North Coast schools after performances last Friday and Saturday in Sydney.
Students are now anticipating reliving the experience when it airs on national television early in December.
Schools Spectacular co-executive producer, Jane Simmons said that while the stars of Schools Spectacular love to relive their moments in the spotlight and share it with family and friends, the show is outstanding entertainment for everybody.
‘For these students seeing the show they were part of is a real star moment,’ said Ms Simmons. ‘Our theme was Stars, and we will truly present a galaxy of stars on television screens around Australia.
Ms Simmons said she hopes everybody will watch the show to feel the power, enthusiasm and sheer enjoyment of these talented young people. ‘It will showcase some of Australia’s best emerging musical talent showcase by some of the best in the business.
‘Every year people are amazed what these should students achieve.’
Schools Spectacular Creative Director, Sonja Sjolander said everyone who was part of this year’s Schools Spectacular should be applauded. ‘This year our theme was Stars and everyone truly lived up to their star billing,’ she said. ‘They really shone and together our galaxy of stars made the 2019 Schools Spectacular a show to remember.’
Local stars included in this year’s event were featured vocalist Sam Green and dancer Hunter Mains.
Sam Green exuded drama costumed for the futuristic performance of Radioactive in the Stars of Change segment and he also led 13 male vocalists in a special Schools Spectacular arrangement of With or Without You.
Hunter Mains of Byron Bay High School was featured as part of the Aboriginal dance company which performed a repertoire developed with the Bangarra Dance Theatre Youth Project.
Performers also represent Banora Point High, Bogangar Public, Coffs Harbour Senior College, Grafton High, Kingscliff High, Kingscliff Public, Modanville Public and South Grafton High.
They contributed to a total of 5500 stars of the Schools Spectacular including 40 Featured Performers, an incredible 100-piece symphony orchestra, 20-piece stage band, 2,800-voice choir, 2,300 amazing dancers, the D’Arts Ensemble disability program, an African dance troupe, puppets, aerialists and an indispensable behind-the-scenes team.
Ms Sjolander said audiences of around 30,000 across the four performances were thrilled with the trademark show. ‘They loves the colour, the outstanding talent and the variety on which the Schools Spectacular has built its reputation.’
Their Schools Spectacular performance television debut will be on Saturday, 7 December at 7pm on the Seven Network across Australia, including Prime7 locally and throughout regional NSW.