The show that enthralls audiences year after year - the SchoolsSpectacular - epitomises all these qualities. It's an exhilaratingexhibition of excellence and exceptional talent nurtured in New SouthWales Public Schools.
Quite simply, there is no show to equal itanywhere in the world, in terms of sheer size, scale and scope. Aninspirational showcase for the talents of 3,000 performers from schoolsacross the state, the Schools Spectacular - known to it's participantssimply as 'Spec' - will open for the 24th year at the SydneyEntertainment Centre on Friday 23 November.
To express the prideand affection that performers and production staff alike have in thisenduring production, this year's show is called 'MySpec'. The themewill express the special spirit of the Spectacular - the energy,enthusiasm and excitement of everyone involved from dancers on thearena to the 'tunnel rats' behind the scenes who get hundreds ofstudents on and off stage with precision timing.
Performers agedfrom five to nineteen will present a dazzling display of colour,movement and music taking audiences on a journey into the many facetsof Australian life and illustrating what it means to be a part of sucha unique celebration.
A much-anticipated annual feature onSydney's entertainment calendar the Schools Spectacular has been thelaunch pad for a host of popular entertainers and introduces the starsof the future to annual audiences of more than 30,000.
Abrilliantly choreographed and costumed production on an epic scale, theshow presents a massive task of planning and co-ordination. From tinyschools in remote areas of the State to inner-city Sydney, youngsingers, dancers and musicians spend months preparing for the momentwhen they will join together to thrill audiences at the end ofNovember. Teachers, parents and communities throw their support behindtheir efforts and rejoice in their achievements.
SpectacularDirector, Mary Lopez can claim credit for directing all 24 productions.She and the team from the NSW Department of Education Arts Unit, headedby Spectacular Producer Dianne Duff, have scoured the State to unearthan array of talent equal to none. Of this year's show Mary Lopezsays: 'MySpec will give audiences an insight into the passions thatdrive Spec. There is an abundance of talent as always, but the energywill be greater than ever seen in 24 years of School Spectaculars.'
Inpaying tribute to the dedication of those involved, Dianne Duff says'MySpec is about the journey each of us takes when we become involvedin this amazing production. Whether you are a performer, a teacher, astage manager, or lucky enough, like me, to be the producer, thejourney changes lives forever. For our young performers, the journey isonly just beginning.'