Manning students to appear in Schools Spectacular broadcast

Ben Williams in rehearsal and Sarah Hammond on stage during the Schools Spectacular.
Ben Williams in rehearsal and Sarah Hammond on stage during the Schools Spectacular.

Two high school students from the Manning joined the NSW Public Schools Aboriginal Dance Company as it performed in the 2017 Schools Spectacular, which will soon be televised across Australia.

Ben Williams of Chatham High School  and Sarah Hammond from Taree High School were part of what was the biggest-ever ensemble of Aboriginal dancers from all across the State to prepare under the Bangarra Dance Company for the biggest-ever Schools Spectacular segment, A Moment to Unite.

The concert was held at the end of November and will be broadcast on the Seven Network at 7pm on Saturday December 16.

Shot with 15 cameras at vantage points throughout Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena, the telecast of the whole show will offer unparalleled appreciation of the enormous talents of the more than 5700 stars of the show.

“It really is a must-see,” said creative director Sonja Sjolander.

“There is a reason that audiences, whether in the arena or watching on television, have so much anticipation for the Schools Spectacular each year.

“The vitality of these outstanding young performers is pure joy.

“Schools Spectacular has something for everybody.

“While it was electric in the arena, on television the show offers a completely different dimension of enjoyment.

“It has been magnificently captured by our partners Chief Entertainment for the Seven Network and I’m confident viewers will be thrilled by what they see.”

Ms Sjolander said it will be a chance for the thousands of singers, dancers, musicians, circus performers, actors, stage and production crew and teachers and school staff who made Schools Spectacular 2017 the “biggest and best show ever” to Own the Moment with family and friends.

Forster Public School, Great Lakes College Senior Campus and Gloucester Public School were also involved in this year’s Schools Spectacular.

“Watch out for faces you know,” Ms Sjolander said.

“This coverage is so brilliant that you will feel you are right there on stage with them.”