One of the largest amateur variety acts in the world will feature a local student, when Hannah Burton takes the stage as a featured artist in this year's Schools Spectacular.
The Oxley High School student has been named as one of just 55 students to play a starring role in the show, which thousands of young people from 389 NSW public schools will perform and produce.
The 18-year-old, from Kootingal, will be a backing vocalist in the band that will perform throughout the show.
Savannah Roberts from Guyra Central School has also been chosen as a featured dancer in this year's show.
Schools Spectacular will be held at QUDOS Bank Arena in Sydney's Olympic Park on November 22 and 23.
Hannah had only seen glimpses of the event on television but has many CAPERS performances to her name.
After walking into the huge venue for the first time on Monday, said she thought it would be "like CAPERS on steroids".
"It was very intimidating and made me feel awestruck," Hannah said.
"I walked in and I thought, 'This is actually happening' and it was really astounding to think it is so big and I was going to be part of something here.
"It is just so amazing and spectacular."
Hannah was selected from a video audition, then had to travel to Sydney four times for further intensive auditions.
"(As a performer) I do quite a range of things, but first and foremost I'm a classical singer doing opera and other classical music, like theatre," Hannah said.
"Then - because I come from a country music town - I had to teach myself guitar, and I can pull out the guitar and do a few songs at a gig to cater for anyone, because not everyone likes opera or musical theatre.
"Now as a backing vocalist it will be all about learning how to use your voice in all different styles, so it will be very interesting."