2018 Schools Spectacular features Mid Coast students

Flying leap: Kalani Cross from Taree was the winner of Section 538 District – Senior Jazz Championship 23 years and under at Taree and District Eisteddfod 2018. Photo: Scott Calvin/Carl Muxlow.
Flying leap: Kalani Cross from Taree was the winner of Section 538 District – Senior Jazz Championship 23 years and under at Taree and District Eisteddfod 2018. Photo: Scott Calvin/Carl Muxlow.

Taree High School’s Cassandra Searles and Kalani Cross have been named as featured ensemble dancers at the 2018 Schools Spectacular, alongside Great Lakes College Tuncurry Campus student, Jasmine Willmott.

A number of schools from across the Mid Coast have been also been selected to take part in the entertainment extravaganza.

Students from Taree High, Great Lakes College’s Tuncurry and Forster campuses, Forster Public, Gloucester Public and Wingham High have been listed among the North Coast schools taking part in the event, which will be staged at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney’s Olympic Park on November 23-24.

They will be joining more than 5000 stars including 40 featured performers, an incredible 100-piece symphony orchestra, stage band, 2700-voice choir, 2300 dancers, the D’Arts Ensemble disability program, the Aboriginal Dance Company, puppets and an indispensable behind-the-scenes team.

Schools Spectacular creative director, Sonja Sjolander said she had no doubt that with the North Coast contribution, this year’s Schools Spectacular will live up to its theme, ‘The Greatest.’

“Together as one we shine brighter,” Ms Sjolander said.

Cassandra Searles (Taree) won Section 535 District Intermediate Jazz Championship 14 years and under at the 2017 Taree and District Eisteddfod.

Cassandra Searles (Taree) won Section 535 District Intermediate Jazz Championship 14 years and under at the 2017 Taree and District Eisteddfod.

“That is our greatest strength. 

“This year’s show has moment after moment of greatness.

“There truly is something for everyone, from incredible solo moments to powerful massed forces, the Schools Spectacular will sweep you off your feet.

“You cannot help but be inspired by these incredible young artists each giving their all. They’re the greatest.”

In addition to the show, the tens of thousands who will attend Qudos Bank Arena for this year’s four performances will also be entertained by SpecFest, which presents a carnival of displays, food and talented performances in the area outside the arena.

SpecFest will feature Wingham High School’s Georgia Hudson, alongside students from Stuarts Point Public and Dunoon Public.