Victorian State Schools Spectacular

The annual Victorian State Schools Spectacular provides an invaluable performing arts opportunity for Victoria’s government school students from Prep to Year 12, encouraging development of their creative skills, discipline, perseverance and confidence over months of rehearsals.

Be Part of Something Spectacular in 2018

2017 SPECTACULAR BROADCAST: The 2017 Spectacular will be broadcast on Channel 7 on Saturday 16 December at 7pm. Check your local TV guide.

Registrations open on Monday 16 October 2017 for government schools and students to participate in the 2018 Victorian State Schools Spectacular, which will be staged at Hisense Arena on Saturday 15 September 2018.

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 18 November 2017.

Students can get involved in a number of ways. Musicians, dancers, singers, skaters or acrobats can register to audition for main vocals, dance and orchestra cast at the Performing Arts Unit in Collingwood, or submit a video audition. Students interested in audio, lighting, film, photography or stage management can register to participate in a structured crew program of workshops and rehearsals ahead of involvement in the production week at Hisense Arena.

To register and find out more information. 

The Department’s Performing Arts Unit can be contacted on 9415 1700 or email

As one of the largest recurring productions in Australia, the Victorian State Schools Spectacular brings together over 3000 school students performing as a 64 piece orchestra, 1300 voice choir, 1200 mass dancers, 30 lead vocalists, 16 principal dancers, 20 ensemble dancers, 8 backing vocalists, roller skaters and puppeteers and much more.

Participating students have the opportunity to work with industry professionals including Creative Director Neill Gladwin, Musical Director Chong Lim, 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).

The Spectacular also provides a unique training opportunity for students behind the scenes on audio, lighting and video production, stage management, costume and film, make up, photography, and publicity.

The Victorian Spectacular’s growing alumni includes: winner of The Voice Harrison Craig; Adam Ladell, The Voice, Semi-Finalist 2016; Vanessa Amorosi; Hairspray lead Jaz Flowers; Opera Australia artist Nicole Car; actress and Korean pop artist Hany Lee (Neighbours, Wentworth).

Other graduates include:

  • Strictly Ballroom the Musical’s Rohan Browne
  • Ryan Meeking who fronts Melbourne band Whitaker
  • Keagan Vaskess , Ned Kelly
  • Dreamgirls principal cast member and Simba in Germany’s long-running The Lion King Winston Hillyer
  • The Voice Australia finalist Kiyomi Vella
  • Victorian Opera’s Jeremy Kleeman.

The Spectacular showcases and unites government school communities through working towards a common goal of more students reaching the highest level of achievement in the arts, ensuring kids are happy, healthy and resilient, and building pride in our schools.

The 2017 Victorian State Schools Spectacular was performed at Hisense Arena on Saturday 16 September.

Transcript - Victorian State School Spectacular