Over 3,000 students from across Victoria are running through their final rehearsals in preparation to perform at Melbourne Arena next weekend.
The Victorian State Schools Spectacular – Made of Stars brings together government school communities from across Victoria to put on a live arena production that showcases the talents of our students.
A long way to the top
Last month, 1,000 mass choir students from 60 schools came together to rehearse with the full vocal cast at Melbourne Town Hall.
Music Associate in Voice Rob Lathan works with many of the mass choir schools, helping to prepare them for the rehearsal and performances.
'Taking part in the Spectacular is a big commitment for any school, but especially so for our regional schools,' Rob says, 'who not only have their own rehearsals at school, but also commit to travel and stay in Melbourne. We are so thankful to all of our school communities for their effort.'
There are 200 schools participating in the Spectacular this year, with some schools travelling from as far as Shepparton, Moe and Sale. For some of these students, the Melbourne Town Hall rehearsal was only the second time they have been to Melbourne.
Spectacular for all
Shepparton East Primary School have participated in the Spectacular for eight years in mass choir and mass dance. Performing Arts Teacher Leah Sanders says she just loves how inclusive the choir is. 'It gives kids that aren't sporty the opportunity to shine in something,' Leah says.
'The Spectacular experience is something you can't get anywhere else. Rural schools should consider getting involved. The Spectacular provides all of the tools required to rehearse - so even though we are hours away, we still feel like we have what we need and are part of the bigger picture.'
Her students are really looking forward to their performances at Melbourne Arena. They all travel together and have a big sleep over at a hotel in the city. She can't wait to see the look on their faces, and their jaws wide open when they get inside the arena.
Catherine Schmidt teaches music and dance at Jacana School for Autism. This is the third year her students have participated in the mass choir.
She has seen positive outcomes from their combined rehearsals with Hume Central Secondary College. The students worked well together, and they are singing again at a Senior Citizens end of year function together.
Catherine says it is a positive experience for parents to see their children performing. She has seen how every student can achieve when they have the right support. 'My students love it so much,' Catherine says. 'The Victorian State Schools Spectacular experience allows all the students opportunities to express their enjoyment in ways that are meaningful to them.'
Victorian State School Spectacular
The Victorian State School Spectacular's three-hour live show is happening at Melbourne Arena on Saturday 14 September. There are two shows at 1.00 pm and 6.30 pm.
For a fun, family entertainment experience, and to cheer on our students from the audience, be quick to get your tickets through