Students take stage to amaze

TALENT on a grand scale will be up in lights for all to see at this year's Schools Spectacular — and this young star in the making will be centre stage.

After gruelling try-outs, Penrith's Kodie Amos will represent his school in the major annual performing arts showcase next month.

He was among 59 leading artists chosen to perform at one of the most colourful events in Australia's entertainment calendar.

A total of 3600 students from 400 NSW public school auditioned for the 29th epic production of music, song and dance.

Students aged from seven to 18 will shine at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, where they will participate in four shows.

This year's theme is Our Time.

Kodie, 14, a singer, songwriter and actor, is a year 9 student from Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School.

He joined his primary school choir and, soon after, was touring with the Australian Youth Choir.

He has performed at Sydney's Opera House, at the Schools Spectacular since 2010, and has written and recorded his own music.

He now wants to focus more on drama, and has already had experience in several theatre productions.

"I've always loved to sing and entertain family and friends," he said.

"The auditions this year were nerve-racking, but it's always fun being on stage."

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