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Stars set to Own the Moment

Details of the 2017 Schools Spectacular featured performers and theme released.

Singer Ashley Dawes of St Mary's Senior High accompanied by John Foreman.

Schools Spectacular 2017 is gathering momentum with the announcement of featured performers at a ceremony in Sydney this week.

The amazingly accomplished singing and dancing talent drawn from public schools across NSW will live up to this year's theme, Own the Moment as they front more than 5700 students who will be part of the exciting entertainment extravaganza.

Schools Spectacular returns to QUDOS Bank Arena at Sydney's Olympic Park on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 November.

After the ceremony announcing the vocalists and dancers who will take pride of place as featured performers, Creative Director Sonja Sjolander said this year's theme, Own the Moment will inspire all participants to step up and discover their potential.

"There are so many incredible stars in this year's show, it's mind-blowing," Ms Sjolander said.

"This is their moment to show themselves and their nation just what they are capable of.

"I have never witnessed a line-up quite like this.

"It's terribly exciting!"

The ceremony offered a glimpse of the incredible talent that will be showcased including featured vocalist Ashley Dawes of St Marys Senior High who sang accompanied by John Foreman, the much loved longstanding compere of the show, who himself was a performer on the Schools Spectacular stage when he was a student at Kotara High.

Last year marked an iconic chapter in Schools Spectacular history when the annual arena production broke the Guinness World Record for the Largest Amateur Variety Act in the world at its new home QUDOS Bank Arena, Sydney Olympic Park.

This year the 34th Schools Spectacular is back bigger and better than ever with the popular live-and-televised extravaganza starring over 5,700 students including a choir of 2,700 voices, 2,400 dancers; a 100-piece symphony orchestra; world-class stage band, 44 solo singers and 145-featured dancers.

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

Once again Schools Spectacular will live up to its hallmark of variety offering something from everyone with musical performances featuring the greatest musical hits of past and present including the Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Disney's Moana, Ariana Grande, Stevie Wonder, Annie Lennox, Bruno Mars and the hottest musical theatre numbers direct from Broadway including Dear Evan Hansen.

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