Manning Schools Spectacular: Amazing talent to hit the stage

Don Spencer OAM on stage with school students as part of last year's Rotary Manning Valley Schools Spectacular.

Don Spencer OAM on stage with school students as part of last year's Rotary Manning Valley Schools Spectacular.

THE combined Rotary Clubs of the Manning Valley invite the community to attend the 2014 Rotary Manning Valley Schools Spectacular at 11am and 7pm on Wednesday August 27 at the Manning Entertainment Centre.

There will be celebrities galore with Don Spencer (Play School), George Houvardas (Carbo in Packed to the Rafters), Rachael Beck (actress/singer who has played opposite Hugh Jackman) and George Ellis (conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney Olympic Games) all set to appear.

The local talent is also amazing.

Producer Tanya Brown has selected the very best to perform and the real point of difference this year is the local Australian Children's Music Foundation students on stage with Matt Zarb and Michael Eyb.

While they have never appeared on stage before, some of them just shine.

Anyone who attended last year knows it was a fabulous show.

The spectacular is the major Rotary fundraiser to support the Manning Valley Indigenous and Disadvantaged Students Music Program the ACMF Program which employs professional musicians Matt Zarb and Michael Eyb to go into Taree High School, Chatham High School, Taree Public School, Chatham Primary School and Manning Gardens School, where they engage with disadvantaged and indigenous youth.

The program works. Kids are staying engaged instead of dropping out.

Tickets are $30 per head, a small investment to have a fabulous night and at the same time help to keep our children out of trouble.

It costs $120,000 to keep a youth in detention for six months - paid for by us out of our taxes.

Tickets available online through the Manning Entertainment Centre or from Movies Games and More in Victoria Street, Taree.

Did you miss last year's Rotary Manning Valley Schools Spectacular and want to see what it is all about?

Related links:

Highlights of last year's Rotary Manning Valley Schools Spectacular

Promotional video narrated by Russell Crowe

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