Winmalee High School Year 11 student, Sabina Salas, is counting down the days until the end of term, but unlike many of her classmates it is not that she is looking forward to taking it easy.
The talented 17-year-old singer will be busy as she embarks on intensive Featured Performer rehearsals for the 2018 Schools Spectacular.
A Winmalee local, Sabina will be joined at the intensive Schools Spectacular rehearsals by fellow Featured Performer, Lemuel Appel of Hazelbrook, an 18-year-old Year 12 student at Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School.
It is Sabina’s first time as a Featured Performer, and her second time in the Schools Spectacular having been part of the massed choir in 2015.
With the demanding rounds of auditions behind her, Sabina is proud of her selection.
“It’s such an incredible honour and beyond my wildest dreams,” Sabina said.
“It’s a really big achievement, and I’m so excited to be working with such a talented bunch of people and learning so many new things.”
Sabina is looking forward to being part of the rich Winmalee High Schools Spectacular Featured Performer tradition.
“I went to primary and high school with Siobhan Clifford and she was always featured in Schools Spec,” Sabina said.
“She was kind of the inspiration. I saw her and thought I’d like to be up there too.”
Sabina also paid tribute to Siobhan’s mother and long-time Winmalee High music teacher, Raelene Clifford.
“She’s the most supportive person, always encouraging us,” Sabina said.
“She’s really brilliant and knows so much, and I really love her passing her wisdom on to us.”
Sabina’s Spanish background has proven to be an asset in the show in one of the segments that focuses on unity through diversity of culture.
Sabina and Leumel will be part of the entertainment extravaganza that has cemented itself as one of the most anticipated events on the state’s arts calendar, and in 2016 was named the Guinness World Record holder for the Largest Amateur Variety Act in the world.
Schools Spectacular Creative Director, Sonja Sjolander is confident that this year’s 35th Schools Spectacular will live up to its name: The Greatest.
“This year’s show is shaping up to be one of the best yet,” Ms Sjolander said.
“We have found some of the greatest talent around and can’t wait to show it to the world.
Everyone wants to be part of something bigger than themselves. It doesn’t get much bigger than the Schools Spectacular.”