Performers bust world records in the "largest amateur variety act" at School Spectacular 2016

High school students from around the state have returned on a high after the final performance of the biggest and one of the best Schools Spectaculars ever.

Breaking world records at School Spec 2016

School spec named “officially awesome” as world records tumble

New England students performing at School Spectacular became world record breakers last weekend as members of the huge choir in the world’s largest amateur variety performance - Schools Spectacular 2016.

Schools Spectacular Executive Producer Jane Simmons said everyone should be proud to share in the triumph of the 2016 show.

“Schools Spectacular 2016 was amazing,” Ms Simmons said.

“With more than 5000 performers and hundreds behind the scene it was an unbelievably massive show and the audiences were thrilled.

“Every single performer, the incredible teachers and staff who brought it all together at the arena and at school, the students’ parents and all who contributed deserve huge applause for the incredible efforts.

“Schools Spectacular truly lived up to the traditional of the QUDOS Bank Arena which has hosted the biggest names in entertainment.

“Our cast and crew rank with them as stars.”

The Schools Spectacular cast officially counted as 5322 for the record attempt included a 2,700-strong choir; 2,300 dancers; an 80-piece symphony orchestra; a world-class stage band; and more than 40 Featured Artists.

Ashleigh and Emi Campbell.

Ashleigh and Emi Campbell.

Among them, NSW senior student Ashleigh Campbell recalled the rush and roar as the first school took the stage. Ashleigh performed as a feature artist while her sister Emi performed with the D’Arts ensemble.

“The applause after that, the roar, it was just literally a roar of all the children, and that was like, ‘Wow, this is actually happening now,” Ashleigh said.

The two were featured in a special video made as a promotional piece for the event. Emi said she enjoyed the time spent rehearsing and performing with about 300 other dancers.

“It was really amazing, and it’s been fun to shake your bootie!” Emi said with a laugh. “I thought it was good to dance with my sister.”


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