Spectacular headliners named
The 39 super talented singers who will headline the Schools Spectacular as Featured Artists have been named.
They were announced at a ceremony at Sydney's Olympic Park home of the QUDOS Bank Arena the brand-new venue hosting the Spectacular on Friday and Saturday, 25 and 26 November.
The frontline performers are drawn from a wide spectrum of metropolitan and regional primary and secondary schools including Northmead Creative and Performing Arts High School, Kingswood High, Hunter School of Performing Arts, Mosman High, Belmont High, Inverell High and Greenway Park Public School.
Inverell High Year student Ashleigh Campbell has danced and sang with choir and Core Choir, but this is here first year as a Featured Artist.
"To be a Featured Artist is just a dream come true," Ashleigh said.
"It is an absolutely incredible experience, especially for country kids like me and be involved in such an amazing production."
Although he is still in Year 9 at Hunter School of Performing Arts, Liam Faulkner-Dimond is returning for his fourth Schools Spectacular as a Featured Artist.
"Growing up with Schools Spec has been a wild ride and a real thrill," Liam said.
"You learn a lot and I feel like I've grown through the years of Schools Spec."
Featured Artists and the 63 Featured Dancers were introduced to the rigorous routine to prepare for this year's show.
Schools Spectacular Executive Producer Jane Simmons told the Featured Artists and Dancers that this year's show is more than living up to its theme: Dream Big.
"We are really dreaming big," Ms Simmons said.
"Our new home at QUDOS Arena is bigger and offers more opportunities, including the biggest ever cast in the 33-year history of the show."
Creative Director Sonja Sjolander said Schools Spectacular 2016 will be bigger and better.
"This will be the best Schools Spectacular we have ever seen," Ms Sjolander said.
Following a day that covering styling by professional make-up artists, photo calls and interviews, the Featured Artists and Dancers and their families were announced to Department of Education executive directors and the head of Arts, Sports and Initiatives.
The 29-member Core Choir was also announced.