In dress rehearsals on Tuesday, the energy was alive with the excitement and the anticipation of students as the momentum built for their first performance of KROP (Kids Rapt on Performing) at the Griffith Regional Theatre.
Special guest Ben Sekali, past KROP performer from Griffith and The Voice star, had the students “star-struck” as he arrived on Tuesday to join the concentration of gathered talent.
“It brings back memories!” Sekali said.
“Its been about seven years since I last did KROP, and it's so good to see so much talent all in one room.”
The 14th annual event has once again been enthusiastically embraced by all the rising stars from schools across the Griffith area.
And while Sekali is set to attract attention, the Western Sydney youth worker would be quick to point out the real show-stoppers are the student performers drawn from 17 schools.
KROP coordinator Robyn Schmetzer said the Education Week production showcased the “amazing” collaboration between schools.
“The catchy title of KROP remains cleverly derived from a play on words as an analogy for planting, growing and flourishing as it annually showcases the growth of learning in the surrounding public schools,” Ms Schmetzer said.
In his time as a student at Griffith Public and Griffith High, Sekali was part of KROP and will again feature as a musician and vocalist with the band in the iconic 500-student-strong finale.
“Thinking back to it now it’s a great program bringing kids together,” Sekali said.
“It’s amazing to see how much creativity the kids have.”
Griffith High music teacher and KROP veteran Neil Mahaffey is confident Sekali’s return will inspire the 395 students from 17 schools who are part of this year’s show.
Mr Mahaffey said as well as his triumph on The Voice, and achieving a top-ranking Band 6 in Music in the HSC, Sekali illustrates to students what they can achieve at their public school.
Performances times are Tuesday August 7 at 6:00PM and Wednesday August 8 at 6:00pm.