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Hunter talent leaves audiences Star Struck

Star Struck 2019 – No Limits left audiences dazzled by students’ talent.

Star Struck 2019

Students perform as part of Star Struck 2019 – No Limits. Credit: Newcastle School Portraits.

Thousands of talented students from across the Hunter and beyond performed in Newcastle last weekend as part of the 27th annual Star Struck.

Hunter School of Performing Arts Year 12 student Tom Hamilton returned as a featured artist for his seventh and final year.

This year he sang an original composition, Home, accompanied by the Student Rock Band and backing vocalists and dancers from seven schools across the upper and lower Hunter.

“It’s a song about feeling out of place, and finally finding that place where you feel at home. For me that’s music,” Tom said.

While singing his own song meant Tom could “put his own twist” on the performance, it was “the thrill of getting to perform” that brought him back year after year.

“Star Struck is just such an amazing experience ... I’ve made so many great friends with the other performers.”

Another of this year’s highlights was a 370-strong choir from more than 20 Hunter schools and guests from Moree Secondary College.

Star Struck operations manager Casey Horner said the “mind-blowing” show lived up to the promise of its title, No Limits.

“We’ve got 3,500 students performing, over 500 teachers involved, over 170 featured artists – either singing or playing in the rock band or orchestra – and almost 100 featured dancers,” Ms Horner said.

“The finale is always exciting, with all the students coming back on stage and sharing the joy that is Star Struck.”

Star Struck 2019 – No Limits showcased the talent of NSW public school students across four performances at Newcastle Entertainment Centre on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 June. It was proudly presented by the NSW Department of Education with support from major sponsor Glencore.

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