Be Part Of Something Spectacular

Auditions for next year’s Victorian State Schools Spectacular will soon get underway with registrations now open.

Minister for Education James Merlino today encouraged schools and students to apply, saying it was a unique opportunity for them to showcase their talent and become involved in one of Australia’s biggest annual productions.

Next year’s show will be held at Hisense Arena on Saturday 15 September to an audience of more than 10,000 people. It will also be filmed for television and broadcast in a prime-time slot at a later date.

The annual Spectacular brings together about 3,000 Victorian students from Prep to Year 12 at more than 200 schools.

Students will have the opportunity to work with some of Australia’s best-known industry professionals across all creative disciplines.

This includes Creative Director Neill Gladwin, (Sydney Olympic Ceremonies, Outback Spectacular), Musical Director Chong Lim, (John Farnham Band), Dance Director Deon Nuku, (Scooby Doo, Happy Feet, Moulin Rouge) and Associate Dancer Director Troy Phillips (King Kong the Musical, Moulin Rouge, Hairspray, The Boy from Oz).

Individual students can register to audition for main vocals, dance and the orchestra at the Performing Arts Unit in Collingwood or they can submit a video audition.

Schools can register an expression of interest to participate in the mass choir or dance groups, or to nominate a specialty group.  School expressions of interest close on Friday 10 November 2017.

Students can participate both on stage and behind the scenes on audio, lighting and video production, stage management, costume and film, make-up, photography, and marketing and publicity.

The program links to the Education State targets of more students reaching the highest level of achievement in the arts, ensuring kids are happy, healthy and resilient, and building pride and confidence in our schools.

To register and find out more information, visit:

Or contact the Department’s Performing Arts Unit on 9415 1700 or email

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

“The Spectacular is one of those fantastic events that is not only enormous fun but unites government school communities by working towards common goals.”

“It is shown to boost student motivation, build their confidence, leadership skills and cooperation, as well as providing an environment where they forge friendships and feel a sense of belonging.”

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