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Spectacular chance for Ky performers

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November 03, 2017

Minister for Education James Merlino said the spectacular offered a unique opportunity for kids to showcase their talent and become involved in one of Australia’s biggest annual productions.

THERE is some spectacular talent in Kyabram schools.

Imagine if a crowd of 10,000 — plus thousands more viewers via broadcast — could enjoy it?

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

And schools and students from across the state are being encouraged to apply.

Minister for Education James Merlino said the spectacular offered a unique opportunity for kids to showcase their talent and become involved in one of Australia’s biggest annual productions.

“The spectacular is one of those fantastic events that is not only enormous fun but unites government school communities by working towards common goals,’’ he said.

“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.”

Next year’s show will be held at Hisense Arena on Saturday, September 15. It will also be filmed for television and broadcast in a prime-time slot at a later date.

The annual spectacular brings together about 3000 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, November 10.

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.

To register and find out more information, visit www.education.vic.gov.au/spectacular.

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

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