Armidale High School dancer, Isaac Clark has been chosen as a featured dancer in the 2017 Schools Spectacular.
The 18-year-old Year 12 student was announced as a featured performer at a ceremony in Sydney on Monday.
He will dance in ballet and contemporary dance routines.
Now in its 34th year, the popular live-and-televised extravaganza will star over 5700 students including a choir of 2700 voices, 2400 dancers; a 100-piece symphony orchestra; world-class stage band, 44 solo singers and 145-featured dancers from public schools across NSW.
Hosted by musical director John Foreman, performances will feature 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.
Choreographers Kelley Abbey (So You Think You Can Dance), Xanthe & Gregor (Dance Academy), Bangarra Dance Theatre and direct from NYC ‘Rockette’ star Sophie Holloway will work with dancers to create innovative and energetic numbers.
In a Schools Spectacular first, a 150-strong drama ensemble will perform with custom-made larger than life dragon puppets.
Creative Director Sonja Sjolander said that this year’s theme, ‘Own The Moment’, inspired young artists to step up and discover their potential.
“There are so many incredible stars in this year’s show, it’s mind-blowing, and each of them has a unique story and talent to bring to the arena stage. 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!”
Hundreds of Schools Spectacular participants over the years have gone on to become professional musicians, singers, dancers, designers, producers and musical directors.
Recent “Spec” alumni have performed in Australian productions of Kinky Boots, Matilda, We Will Rock You, Hairspray, Les Miserables, The Bodyguard and featured strongly in industry awards such as the ARIAs and Helpmann Awards.