Students Set to Shine in Victorian State Schools Spectacular 2019
‘Made of Stars’ | September 14
The 2019 Victorian State Schools Spectacular (VSSS) will bring together 3,000 young performers from more than 200 government schools across Victoria, for two shows on Saturday 14 September at Melbourne Arena.
Students dedicate many hours across many months preparing for the three-hour, live Spectacular. This opportunity of a lifetime gives them the chance to perform to an audience of around 12,000 people at Melbourne Arena and a TV audience later in the year on Network Seven.
The theme for this year’s Spectacular is ‘Made of Stars’. With a talented 80-piece orchestra and some of the best vocalists and dancers from Victorian state schools, the show will feature a galaxy of out-of-this-world performances from a top musical line-up of songs from artists including, Justin Timberlake and Madonna, David Bowie, Lady Gaga, Daft Punk, Blur, Bruno Mars and Rhianna to Imagine Dragons, Stevie Wonder, Yothu Yindi, Sheppard, Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton.
Expect to see athleticism at its finest when for the first time the Spectacular meets the X Games at Melbourne Arena with dare-devil BMX riders, skaters and scooter riders. And the audience will get a front row seat at a fashion parade inspired dance featuring glitterati – a fun take on a tongue-in-cheek look at the world of fashion featuring dancers dressed as paparazzi and multiple Anna Wintour’s all trying to get on to the red carpet to be seen by the TV cameras!
Following on from their mesmerising debut last year, the Pasifika Choir returns, and a specially commissioned Haka titled ‘Wikitoria’ (Victoria in Maori) which speaks of living together on this land created by Maori Haka Teacher Luke Hiki (from Narre Warren South P-12 College).
Since its inception in 1995, the Victorian State Schools Spectacular has been helping students to get hands-on training and mentoring both on stage – as singers, dancers and performers – and behind the scenes in audio, lighting, video production, stage management, costume, hair and make-up.
The Spectacular’s growing list of alumni includes: winner of The Voice Harrison Craig; Maggie McKenna (Muriel’s Wedding the Musical); Adam Ladell (The Voice); Vanessa Amorosi; HaNy Lee (actress and K-pop artist); Jaz Flowers (Hairspray); Nicole Car (Opera Australia); and Niklas Kreher (who secured a job with world-leading lighting company PRG).
Other graduates include: Rohan Browne (Strictly Ballroom); Ryan Meeking (Whitaker); Jack O’Riley (Jersey Boys); Daniel Ridolfi (Aladdin); Keagan Vaskess (Ned Kelly); Winston Hillyer (Dreamgirls, The Lion King); Kiyomi Vella (The Voice); Jeremy Kleeman (Victorian Opera); and Sam Blauer (pop singer).
Rehearsals are underway across metropolitan Melbourne and Victorian regional centres.Participating primary and secondary school students have the unique opportunity to work with industry professionals including Creative Director Neill Gladwin, Musical Director Chong Lim AM, Dance Director Deon Nuku, (Scooby Doo, Happy Feet, Moulin Rouge), Associate Dancer Director Yvette Lee, (Dancing with the Stars, X-Factor Australia, So You Think You Can Dance), PRG for lighting and rigging, Mediatec for cameras and Norwest Group for Audio.
The Spectacular contributes towards a key Education State target of improving critical and creative thinking, and of more Victorian students achieving the highest levels of achievement in the arts by 2025.
Victorian Minister for Education, James Merlino, said: “Creativity is such an important part of any child’s education, and I’m proud that the Victorian State Schools Spectacular helps students to gain valuable, hands-on experience in the creative arts.”
“To all of the Victorian students in rehearsals for the Spectacular – as singers, dancers, performers and behind the scenes – best of luck. I hope you make your school community proud and enjoy the journey along the way.”
THE VICTORIAN STATE SCHOOLS SPECTACULAR – ‘MADE OF STARS’
Saturday 14 September
1pm & 6:30pm
Bookings: www.ticketek.com.au/spectacular or call 132 849. Buy 10 tickets and get one adult ticket free (for group bookings please call 1300 364 001)