Image: 2016 Victorian State Schools Spectacular finale
Three thousand young performers from more than 200 schools will showcase how Anything is Possible at the Victorian State Schools Spectacular on Saturday 16 September.
This year’s extravaganza will feature a 64-piece orchestra, 30 lead vocalists, 16 principal dancers, 20 ensemble dancers, 8 backing vocalists, a magician, roller skaters, puppeteers and a 1300-voice choir and 1200 mass dancers.
The show explores themes of creativity, freedom of expression and self-empowerment – taking inspiration from the song Pure Imagination (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).
Talented vocalists, dancers, skaters, puppeteers and musicians will perform more than 40 songs, taking the audience on a musical journey – from popular top 40 songs by artists like Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake, Meg Mac, to movie classics from Edward Scissorhands, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and traditional classical pieces – ending with a rousing rendition of John Farnham’s You’re The Voice.
The event amongst the State Schools sees 10 schools participating in the Mass Dance group and 16 in the Mass Choir for the first time, and 95 students in the Principal Cast.
The Spectacular provides students a performing arts opportunity, encouraging development of their creative skills, discipline, perseverance and confidence over months of rehearsals. The environment is non-competitive allowing students to learn from each other as much as from the mentors.
Participating students work with, and learn from, industry professionals including Creative Director Neill Gladwin, Musical Director Chong Lim, Dance Director Deon Nuku, (Scooby Doo, Happy Feet, Moulin Rouge) and Associate Dance Director Troy Phillips (King Kong the Musical, Moulin Rouge, Hairspray, The Boy from Oz). The Spectacular also has a partnership with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, providing tutoring and mentoring to student string musicians, as well Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance.
Taking part in the Spectacular provides a unique training opportunity for students onstage, as well as behind the scenes on audio, lighting, video production, stage management, costume, make-up, photography and publicity.
The Victorian State School Spectacular – Anything is Possible
Venue: Hisense Arena
Date: Saturday 16 September
Time: 1pm & 6:30pm
Performance length 3 hours (including interval)
Presale from 10am Thursday 1 June – 12 June
Adult: $35.00 + BF
Concession: $30.00 + BF
Junior (U15): $18.00 + BF
General public onsale from 9am Tuesday 13 June
Adult: $40.00 + BF
Concession: $30.00 + BF
Junior (U15): $20.00 + BF
Buy 10 tickets and get one adult ticket free (for group bookings call 1300 364 001)
Bookings: Ticketek www.ticketek.com.au 132 849