KHS @ Schools Spectacular

The Music and Dance faculty had a fantastic week last week at the 2019 Schools Spectacular, “Stars”. After many months of rehearsals and preparation, students joined together at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney Olympic Park for four huge performance over the weekend, showcasing the talented and hardworking performing arts students in NSW Public Schools. The atmosphere was so positive, and the students not only did a brilliant job representing themselves and the school, they were also inspired by the other performers they met and saw on stage.

Members of the Female Acapella ensemble joined 2800 other students in the outstanding mass choir, performing in almost every item and busting out their “choralography”, dance moves and many exciting props! A particular favorite was the green alien hard wig used in the Men In Black item, and the light up gloves used during the singing choir item, “I See Stars”.

Four fabulous KHS musicians were part of the Schools Spectacular Orchestra, performing in every genre you can imagine and bringing the show to life. These students were Blake Jones of Year 12 on trumpet, Kieran Knapman of Year 12 and Tristan Knapman of Year 11 on violin and Tim Roffe of Year 10 in the percussion section. The orchestra has a huge role in Schools Spectacular and requires a massive commitment to being the best musician you can be in order to meet the demands of the show. These four boys did an amazing job and all learnt so much from the experience, further extending their already substantial musical skill and ensemble knowledge.

Cody Ettingshausen of Year 11 was not only a featured artist but also a member of many of the featured dance ensembles. The energy, professionalism and joy that Cody brought to his performances completely captured the audience and it was a trill to watch him perform from our position in the choir. Cody and the other featured artists have put in an exceptional amount of work to prepare for their roles in Schools Spectacular, attending rehearsals, fittings, vocal lessons, publicity training and other events such as performing for children at the Starlight Foundation. We are extremely proud of Cody and inspired by his commitment, talent and humble nature.

The wonderful dance students from years 8 and 9, accompanied by Mrs Cherrie, were part of the “Stars for Change” segment, dancing to the musical numbers Radioactive and Giant. The students attended many combined rehearsals in preparation for the performances last weekend and all thoroughly enjoyed being part of such a huge event. We also had students in featured dance ensembles, Ava Stewart from Year 10 in the tap item, a captivating James Bond number, Tully Bergman of Year 9 also in the featured tap ensemble as well as the hip hop and jazz ensembles. These students worked with industry professionals and brilliant choreographers, in ensembles consisting of some of the best dance students from NSW. Three dance students also featured in the opening segment as members of State Dance Ensembles, groups who are auditioned early in the year and participate in weekly rehearsals and frequent performances. These students are Annaliese Mustapic of Year 8, Taylor Pollard or Year 9 and Tahlia Slootweg of Year 9.

This was an amazing opportunity for our students and one that we know will stay with them forever.