Back to school after the triumph of a spectacular show

The students were joined by past GPS Schools Spectacular leader, Mirabai Carruthers for the big event. Photo supplied.
The students were joined by past GPS Schools Spectacular leader, Mirabai Carruthers for the big event. Photo supplied.

Gloucester Public School students have returned from the 2017 Schools Spectacular, a little tired but full of enthusiasm from singing as part of a mass choir.

Students and their families, travelled to the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney Olympic Park to take part in the four performances of the 34th Schools Spectacular running over two days, November 24 and 25.

Executive Producer, Jane Simmons said every performer should be thrilled by their achievement.

"Schools Spectacular this year was absolutely wonderful," Ms Simmons said. "It was our biggest show ever.”

"Our expectations were high and everyone hit the mark," she said.

Fellow Executive Producer, Rosemary Davis said a show of the scale of the Schools Spectacular does not come together so well without enormous effort and co-operation, plus months of dedicated preparation and practise.

"While the students are the stars, we must also pay tribute to the commitment of teachers and  other school staff and the families behind every star," Ms Davis said.

Students patiently waiting with GPS teacher, Susie McLeod. Photo supplied

Students patiently waiting with GPS teacher, Susie McLeod. Photo supplied

"Schools Spectacular is special and to be part of this amazing show lives long with performers.

"Anyone who played a part of stage, behind the scenes or back at school or home should be congratulated."

The show again traversed the broad spectrum of entertainment from dramatic ballet accompanied by the 80-piece symphony orchestra and 2700-voice choir through musical theatre to bouncy hip-hop and pop tunes.

At times the arena stage is flood by swirling colourful student performers then switches to a single vocalist enchanting the audience with her powerful voice.

Schools Spectacular has been a launchpad unveiling many of the names that populate the entertainment industry, not the least being the show's veteran host, John Foreman, who was introduced to the School's Spectacular as a student at Newcastle's Kotara High School.

An innovation for Schools Spectacular 2017 was SpecFest, a parallel event outside the arena which not only brought a new dimension to showcase more student talent but also presented interesting displays and activities to entertain the audiences thronging to the shows.

Students will be able to watch the event when it’s broadcast next month on the 7 Network.