Trio to star in 2017 Schools Spectacular

Young stars: Gus Noakes, Lauren Beatson and Numi Tugaga. Picture: Chris Lane
Young stars: Gus Noakes, Lauren Beatson and Numi Tugaga. Picture: Chris Lane

Three young singers from St George and the Sutherland Shire have been hand picked to perform in front of thousands of people during a televised event.

The annual Schools Spectacular is now in its 34th year and will be held over two days at Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena on November 24 and 25.

It features the best performers from public schools in NSW and ACT including thousands of dancers, singers, musicians and drama students.

The feature performers this year include 44 solo singers and 145 dancers.

Three local singers have been selected as feature performers including Caringbah’s Lauren Beatson, 17, from Kirrawee High School, Peakhurst’s Numi Tugaga, 14, from Georges River College Peakhurst Campus, and Como’s Gus Noakes, 17, from Newtown High School of Performing Arts.

“There are so many incredible stars in this year’s show, it’s mind-blowing, and each of them has a unique story and talent to bring to the arena stage,” creative director Sonja Sjolander said.

“This is their moment to show themselves and their nation just what they are capable of,” Sjolander said.

“I have never witnessed a line-up quite like this. It’s terribly exciting.”

The show will be edited and televised on Channel Seven on December 16. 

In terms of sheer size, scale and scope, the Schools Spectacular is unequaled with a 2700-strong choir, 2300 dancers, an 80-piece symphony orchestra, a world-class stage band and a huge number of outstanding solo performers.

In a Schools Spectacular first, a 150-strong drama ensemble will perform with custom-made, larger-than-life, dragon puppets.

Tickets are available here.


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