Recently, I was lucky enough to watch the 2010 NSW School Spectacular. And it really was spectacular! This is a performance put on each year by public high school students from NSW (including regional schools) which involves lots of amazing singing and dancing. It is thoroughly entertaining and something of which the students can be proud for the rest of their lives.
What struck me was the overwhelming talent on stage. To give you an idea, the winner of last year’s Australia’s Got Talent TV Show, Jack Vidgen was in the 2010 spectacular, and more notably he did not stand out! There were literally dozens of kids with outstanding voices, and it made me wonder what happens when they leave school? After all, we are now in 2012, so why haven’t I seen these 2010 performers somewhere? Why was the top 20 of Idol or X-factor not filled with these kids? Do they go on to become lawyers and business analysts instead, only dusting off their talent for the office Christmas karaoke party or the over-the-phone rendition of happy birthday?
My heart goes out to these kids. I can’t imagine having so much talent and having such a hard slog and so little time to have it recognised. Writers are a bit like male actors in Hollywood; the older and greyer they get, the more wisdom and appeal they are perceived to have. So any ticking time we feel slipping through our fingers is a perception of our own creation and in reality we can keep slogging away until the day we die, ever-hopeful of having our dreams realised.
The same cannot be said for these singers and dancers who, in our youth obsessed society, need to break out before they hit 30. Unfortunately the DVDs of these schools performances are prohibitably expensive, so unless you share DNA with one of the performers you are unlikely to buy one. But if you ever get a chance to watch any of the spectaculars, you will be glad that you did! Here is just a sample;