Queen of all hits set for Southern Stars

Vocal groups, dancers and teachers performing in this year’s Southern Stars came together on Thursday to rehearse what is set to be one of the highlights of the performing arts showcase.

Operations manager Sharon Buikstra said Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen will be performed by a 600-strong choir, 60 dancers, an orchestra of 60, 200 teachers plus backing vocalists, the featured vocal ensemble and featured vocalists.

“It’s the most iconic song we feel as the creative team in the show and it’s the last song before the finale where all the students come on to celebrate the whole show,” she said.

“It’s a planned nightmare … but it’s stressful in that we want to make the experience for the students the best it can possible be.”

The event brings together more than 3000 students from NSW Public Schools in an arena styled concert. This year’s theme is ICONIC and will pay homage to many great songs in history.

After six years, this will be the last time Year 12 student Emily Cline will dance in Southern Stars. The backstage “party” atmosphere is one of the things she’ll miss.

“People set up music and stuff, and we hang out with people from other schools and have a good sing and dance,” the 17-year-old said. “It’s making good memories.”

The four ICONIC shows take place at WIN Entertainment Centre on August 31  (10am & 7.30pm) and September 1 2pm & 7.30pm). Tickets available at Ticketmaster.