State schools

The Victorian State Schools Spectacular returns to the Arena Show

The Victorian State Schools Spectacular (VSSS) 2022 makes an exciting and highly anticipated return to the stage for the first time in three years for two shows on Saturday September 10, 2022 at 1pm and 6.30pm at John Cain Arena.

After being canceled last year and being a virtually produced and made-for-TV performance in 2020 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, this year 3,000 students from over 200 Victorian government schools will return to the stage for a performance live in the arena.

The Victorian State Schools Spectacular is a proud tradition in state schools and offers students the opportunity to take part in a spectacle of music, dance, giant puppets, skating, acrobatics and circus which will be presented to an audience of thousands of people on Saturday September 10, and later watched by thousands more on television.

Quote from creative director Neil Gladwin:

Participating students experience something very few professionals can do; play in an arena and for a TV show.

Time to shine:

Talented singers and musicians will perform songs from artists such as The Beatles, Dua Lipa, Stan Walker and Kate Bush in this year’s Spectacular with the party theme.

The lead singers, lead dancers, 50-piece orchestra, backup singers, Victoria State Schools Choir and 1,200 mass dance students and 750 mass choir students are joined this year by numbers specialty: the Pasefika choir, which gave a fascinating performance in its debut. in 2019 returns even bigger and better with 40 students from Narre Warren P-12 College, Monterey Secondary College, Lyndhurst Secondary College, Cranbourne West Secondary College and Hampton Park Secondary College involved.

There will be daredevil skaters, jump teams, acrobats, hip-hop dancers from Hoppers Crossing Secondary College and a specially created Haka for the Spectacular involving male and female students from Narre Warren South P-12 College, Hallam Secondary College, Tarneit Senior College and Cranbourne West Secondary College. The public will have the chance to see paintings by indigenous children from Woori Yallock Elementary School in the form of a giant projection that will take over the stage of the John Cain Arena. Circus makes a welcome return with pupils, including those from Camp Hill Primary School in Bendigo who have a circus training programme, entertaining the public.

Throughout the year, students from participating primary and secondary schools work with industry professionals from a number of disciplines in the preparation and presentation of The Show, including: Creative Director Neill Gladwin (Edinburgh Perrier Prize winner); Music Director Chong Lim AM (Music Director of Dancing with the Stars, John Farnham); Dance Director Deon Nuku, (Scooby Doo, Happy Feet, Moulin Rouge); Yvette Lee, associate dance director (Dancing with the Stars, X-Factor Australia, So You Think You Can Dance); PRG for lighting and rigging; Mediatec for camera; and Norwest Group for audio.

Since its inception in 1995, the Victorian State Schools Spectacular has helped students gain hands-on training and mentorship both on stage – as singers, dancers and performers – and behind the scenes in audio, lighting , video production, stage management, costume. , hairstyle and make-up. The students who work behind the scenes are integral to the success of the night’s show and participate in workshops over several months of preparation.

The Spectacular supports the State of Education goals of the Victorian Government to ensure that more students achieve the highest level of achievement in the arts; ensure children are happy, healthy and resilient, and build pride in their schools.

The Show will be played twice on Saturday September 10 – in accordance with the health regulations in force at the time – and subsequently broadcast on television.


Season Details

Venue: John Cain Arena
Date: September 10, 2022

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