Cobar High students put on a Spectacular performance

Cobar High School dance students Lucy Scott, Georgia Boland, Elly-May Hand and Bree Martin at the Schools Spectacular last week (absent from photo Holly Marsden). Two other CHS students, Jordan Warren and Bella Coughlan, also performed as part of the Bangarra Dance Theatre company (see Page 18). Photo contributed

Seven Cobar High School students are back at school (and work) this week following their Spectacular experience in Sydney last week.

The students, Jordan Warren, Holly Marsden, Lucy Scott, Georgia Boland, Bree Martin, Elly-May Hand and former Year 12 student Bella Coughlan spent the week in Sydney rehearsing and performing at this year’s Schools Spectacular.

Schools Spectacular Creative Director Sonja Sjolander said everyone who was part of this year’s event should be applauded.

“This year our theme was STARS,” Ms Sjolander said.

“Everyone truly lived up to their star billing.

“They really shone and together our galaxy of stars made the 2019 Schools Spectacular a show to remember.”

There was a total of 5,500 stars for this year’s Schools Spectacular which included 40 Featured Performers, an incredible 100-piece symphony orchestra, a 20-piece stage band, 2,800-voice choir, 2,300 amazing dancers, the D’Arts Ensemble disability program, an Aboriginal dance troupe, an African dance troupe, puppets, along with aerialists and an indispensable behind-the-scenes team.

A highlight of this year’s performance was the 80th anniversary celebration segment of the Wizard of Oz, exclusively featuring students from rural and remote areas of NSW.

“We’re so proud of the learning opportunities that we can offer to our NSW public school students through the Schools Spectacular,” Ms Sjolander said.

“Whether it was students enriching their passion to perform, enjoying the excitement of being part of the world’s biggest amateur variety show or building a joint HSC and industry credential as a VET (Vocational Education and Training) student, every star returns home with the reassurance that they worked with some of the entertainment industry’s best who were devoted to ensuring that every star shone.”