Performing Arts Unit

The Performing Arts Unit is an initiative that provides opportunities for students in Victorian government schools to participate in a range of programs such as dance, drama, music and visual arts.

The Performing Arts Unit is responsible for the popular Victorian State Schools Spectacular and the Victorian State Schools Performance Ensembles.

Through these performances and programs the Performing Arts Unit has provided over 20,000 Victorian government school students with unforgettable educational experiences and training.

Ensemble Auditions

​The ensembles are a vital part of the Performing Arts Unit program and are free to join.

They allow students with an aptitude and talent for performance to receive tuition and direction from leading arts teachers and gain valuable performance experience, whilst showcasing the strength of the performing arts in Victorian government schools.

These ensembles attend weekly rehearsals geared towards learning new performances. The main aim of the ensembles managed by the Performing Arts Unit is to nurture talent and provide opportunities for students.

All students attending a Victorian government school are welcome to audition for the performance ensembles irrespective of experience or training. Students are selected through an audition process. If you have a talent for performing, enjoy performing in front of large audiences and would benefit from tuition by leading teachers, please take advantage of this offer and audition for the ensembles.

Dance auditions are held in groups of approximately 10 - 20 whilst singing, string and band members auditions are solo.

Costume hire

As a result of major event productions such as Showtime, the Performing Arts Unit (PAU) has a costume store of over 8,000 pieces.
The PAU Costume Hire Facility specialises in children’s costumes as well as large costume sets – available to school communities at very reasonable prices.

Where else can you find sets of red sequin can-can skirts, hundreds of rock and roll skirts, thousands of sequin tops and poncho’s, cowboy hats, prom dresses for the girls, tuxedos for the boys, wigs and shoes in all shapes and sizes and much, much more!

Hiring the Ensembles

The Performing Arts Unit Ensembles (formerly Joining the Chorus Ensembles) are professionally managed, tutored and well presented student performers. They have performed by invitation at a diverse range of high profile public, corporate and government events.

These events include the Premier's VCE Awards, Return of the Olympic Flame Ceremony and Education Week Dinner to name a few, and in 2005 the Performing Arts Unit, stage band and dance ensembles featured in the opening and closing ceremony of the Pacific School Games.

The versatility and talent of the ensembles ensures that the Performing Arts Unit is able to offer a range of entertainment from quartets, to Big Bands to hundreds of dancers. So why not try out one of our talented ensembles at the next event you are planning?

More information

For more information, contact the unit on (03) 9415 1700 or email performing.arts@edumail.vic.gov.au