In its 35 years, the Schools Spectacular has showcased talented performers from every corner of the state.
This year it boasts a featured performer from Norfolk Island Central School – 1,700 kilometres east of Sydney across the Pacific Ocean.
Talented singer Arki Nobbs, who is studying for his HSC, joins a cast 20-times the size of the 285 students enrolled at the island’s only school.
The theme for this year’s Schools Spectacular is ‘The Greatest’ and for Arki everything about it is simply huge.
An audience of around 10,000 – five times the population of Norfolk – will pack Qudos Bank Arena for each of the four performances and the surrounds of the Olympic Park precinct would swallow his five-by-eight-kilometre island.
But the biggest thing is the opportunity being part of Schools Spectacular offers Arki.
He has only concentrated on singing for a few years since a recording artist visiting from the mainland for workshops at the school heard him singing in a backroom.
Now he will be featured in the entertainment extravaganza that in 2016 was named the Guinness World Record for the Largest Amateur Variety Act in the world.
Schools Spectacular Creative Director Sonja Sjolander is confident that this year’s 35th Schools Spectacular will live up to its name: The Greatest.
“This year’s show is shaping up to be one of the best yet,” Ms Sjolander said. “We have found some of the greatest talent around and can’t wait to show it to the world.”
Arki will be joined by dozens of featured performers from across the state.
They include veterans like Burwood Girls High’s Ruby Hawken, who returns for her seventh Schools Spectacular, and Jared Smith of Sydney Boys High, Newtown High School of the Performing Arts singer Arlo smith and Soraya Zapata of Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts who will each notch up their fifth Spec.
Brother and sister Olina and Ezra Loau of Bossley Park High return for another year.
This year’s youngest featured performer is Jazmin Castle who is in Year 4 at Wagga Wagga’s Turvey Park Public School.
Other featured performers are drawn from across the Sydney metropolitan area, Ulladulla, Alstonville, Orange, Newcastle, Winmalee, Kiama and Grafton.
Schools Spectacular will be staged at matinee and evening performances at Qudos Bank Arena on 23 and 24 November.