Young stars plan to shine at Schools Spectactular 2014

SPECTACULAR: Harry Gelzinnis, 17, Liam Faulkner-Dimond, 13, and Sophie Curtis, 17, will perform as feature artists. Picture: Max Mason-HubersA TRIO of up and coming Hunter School of the Performing Arts students have been chosen to lead a cast of 3600 at the 31st Schools Spectacular.

Year 12 students Harry Gelzinnis and Sophie Curtis, and year 7 student Liam Faulkner-Dimond were selected after an extensive audition process as part of a group of 33 featured artists.

It will be the second time Harry, 17, has appeared centre stage.

He started singing about six years ago after being influenced by his older brother and The Voice contestant, Scotty.

‘‘He’s been a really big mentor for me – he’s my singing teacher, my inspiration and we work together,’’ he said.

He has also been writing his own songs for the past four years, saying he filled them with positive and empowering messages.

‘‘I’m really passionate about music, it can change people’s lives,’’ he said.

Sophie, 17, will also be studying for her Higher School Certificate – her subjects include music, dance, drama and a TAFE music industry course.

She sang solos as a featured artist in 2012 and 2013 and counts Michael Jackson and Rhianna as her biggest inspirations.

‘‘The experience to be able to get up on stage and stand in front of that many people has given me a taste of career choices and what I may be able to do when I’m older,’’ she said.

‘‘I want to get a recording contract, get a manager and a really good team around me so I can sell my own music and tour around the world.’’

Liam, 13, has been singing ever since his mother, Leanne, enrolled him in a group singing class as a four year old and has since also taken up piano and guitar.

He performed as a junior singer in a duet at last year’s Spectacular, saying his mum was ‘‘beside herself, she was so happy’’.

‘‘I love the feeling of expressing myself for my enjoyment and other people’s enjoyment and would love to be an entertainer.’’

Lake Macquarie High’s Jamie Razon has also been chosen as a featured artist, while Belmont High’s Tom Johnson has been chosen as a backing vocalist.

The Schools Spectacular theme this year is This Is Australia. It will be performed four times over two days at the Qantas Credit Union Arena on November 28 and 29. Tickets on sale September 2 through Ticketek.