Aside from the 2015 show, when she became a lead singer (with her brother dancing as backup – a fact she was very proud of), Ashley said this could be the year to beat – which is fitting, being given that this will be his last show approaching. graduated from Narre Warren South P-12 College.
As the first live show in three years, this year’s Spectacular is an opportunity to showcase Victoria’s young talent after waves of COVID-19-related disruption.
Featuring pupils from over 200 primary and secondary schools in Melbourne and Victoria, it covers everything from skating and daredevil acrobatics to circus acts and giant puppets.
Creative director Neill Gladwin describes entire regional townships coming to Melbourne to see the show.
“I’m very emotional about this,” he said.
This year’s theme is ‘Time to Shine’ and features hits from artists such as Dua Lipa, The Beatles, David Guetta and Kate Bush. All were chosen by the students to reflect what matters most to them: community, friendship and the celebration of life.
Performing in front of around 10,000 people after months of training, it’s an opportunity for students to learn what the arts can do for them, whether it’s for their future careers or general well-being.
“The Show has definitely helped me become the person and performer I am today,” Ashley said. “Some of the people who help and advise us are really well known in the industry, and they give us so much knowledge that helps prepare us for the professional world.”
When the curtains close on Ashley’s final performance, she expects tears to mark the bittersweet occasion. After a long sleep and celebrations with her family, all she will feel is… Spectacular.
The Victorian State Schools Spectacular takes place September 10 at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at John Cain Arena. Tickets are available now via Ticketing.
With Sasha Gattermayr
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