REHEARSALS continue and excitement grows as the 2018 Schools Spectacular nears.
More than a dozen New England and North West schools have been selected to take part in the arena event on November 23 and 24.
At Hillvue Public School (HPS) this week, dancers had their last chance to work with a choreographer who’s been travelling the state helping to polish the Aussie Exports ensemble routine.
The baker’s dozen boys and girls will be among hundreds in that ensemble, showing off the talents of regional public school students.
HPS ensemble co-ordinator Emily Brooks said there was “a lot of excitement” as the event neared.
“They’re that committed they’re missing their breaks [to practise], which is a big ask for kids … the effort they’ve been putting in is spectacular,” she said.
The event will be at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney’s Olympic Park.
Also in the city, Tamworth High School has 12 students taking part in the secondary choir, and four in the Indigenous dance troupe. Tamworth South Public School’s vocal group will perform in the combined choir.
Armidale City Public, Armidale High, Collarenebri Central, Duval High, Glen Innes High, Inverell High, Kentucky Public, Moree Public, Wee Waa High and Yarrowitch Public schools will also perform.
The event will feature more than 5000 performers, including a 100-piece orchestra, a stage band, a 2700-voice choir, 2300 dancers, puppets and more.