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.

VSSS 2017 Promo

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.

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To find out more about how to get involved in the Victorian State Schools Spectacular, as a performer or behind the scenes, see: Get Involved

To get regular updates about the Spectacular, see:

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Performing Arts Unit

The Department's Performing Arts Unit is responsible for the production of the Victorian State Schools Spectacular.

Established in 1995, the Unit’s philosophy is to promote the performing arts in Victorian government schools by offering students outstanding performance opportunities.

The Performing Arts Unit has provided over 40,000 Victorian government school students with unforgettable experiences and offered support and information to the Victorian government school community.​​​​​​

For more information, please contact the Department's Performing Arts Unit on (03) 9415 1700 (Monday - Friday) or email