Macarthur students to turn heads at Schools Spectacular

Ready to rock: Josiah Livapulu, Sebastian Kelly-Toiava and Joshua Kalaw. Picture: Chris Lane
Ready to rock: Josiah Livapulu, Sebastian Kelly-Toiava and Joshua Kalaw. Picture: Chris Lane

Australia’s biggest showcase of musical students is getting a dash of Macarthur flavour this year.

Two students from Campbelltown Performing Arts High School and one from Macquarie Fields High School will perform as featured artists in this year’s extravaganza.

Joshua Kalaw, 17, represents the Campbelltown school alongside fellow 17-year-old Josiah Livapulu.

The pair are both thrilled to have the chance to broaden their musical horizons.

“I’m very lucky to have the opportunity to perform in the show,” Joshua said.

“I’m grateful that I have the chance to learn and enjoy this experience.”

The St Helens Park teen said he loved hip-hop, soul and acoustic genres and hoped he could perform something in that vein on the big stage.

“I don’t know what I’ll be performing yet, but I’m happy with anything,” he said.

“I love artists like Ed Sheeran, the Weeknd and Bruno Mars – especially with his staging.”

Josiah, from Ingleburn, has a little more experience at Schools Spectacular.

“I’ve been performing with the Schools Spec choir for the last two years,” he said.

“This year my teacher encouraged me to audition for a featured artist and I gave it a go.

“Luckily I was successful.”

Josiah is also unsure of what exactly he will be performing but knows he will be involved in an exciting ensemble number.

“We’ll be doing a song from Moana, We Know the Way,” he said.

“It’s a great song.”

The teen has performed in front of huge crowds as a soloist before, previously taking to the stage in an event attended by hundreds of teachers.

He said it was nerve-wracking but he came out of it with more confidence.

He hopes this year’s Schools Spectacular will have the same effect.

Macquarie Fields High School’s Sebastian Kelly-Toiava will also take to the stage as a featured artist this year.

Schools Spectacular will be held on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 November at QUDOS Bank Arena, Homebush.

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