Student living a dream

SINGING SENSATION: Oxley High’s Geordie Brown will be a featured performer at this year’s Schools Spectacular. Photo: Barry Smith 290716BSE06THREE high school students from across the region are set to play a starring role in this year’s Schools Spectacular.It promises to be the biggest yet and this year’s theme of Dream Big certainly applies to the students announced this month as feature artists.

The local headliners include Inverell High’s Ashleigh Campbell (featured vocalist), Guyra Central School’s Savannah Roberts (featured dancer) and Geordie Brown (core choir), from Oxley High.

Geordie was thrilled to get through the gruelling audition process earlier this year and is now hard at work with rehearsals, having to fly to Sydney regularly and spending even more hours on his own practice.He’ll need to be at his best, too, because the 30-member core choir is on stage for the whole of the show.

He’s no stranger to live performance though, being an active member of the Tamworth Musical Society and playing several key parts in the group’s most recent show, Mary Poppins, which played to packed houses every night.

A role in the Schools Spectacular is another means of furthering his post-school dreams.

“I’m interested in a career in musical theatre or movies professionally and I see this as another step to getting closer to that goal,” the Year 11 student said.

Ashleigh and Savannah are similarly excited.Ashleigh was a member of the core choir last year and is thrilled that in her final year of school she’ll get the chance as a featured vocalist.

“I just think it is an absolutely incredible experience, especially for country kids to come and be involved in such a spectacular production – it’s just amazing,” she said.

Savannah is only in Year 9, but is making the most of her talents, with her featured dancer role in the Spectacular, coming on top of selection onto the State Schools Ballet Ensemble.

“Being selected means a great deal to me because it is such a wonderful opportunity for somebody from a small rural community,” she said.

The massive event will take place on November 25 and 26, this year at its new home at QUDOS Bank Arena.

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