Students set to ‘sparkle’ in State School Spectacular

A group of Ararat College students are heading to Melbourne tomorrow to rehearse and then perform in the annual Victorian State School Spectacular at Melbourne Arena.

Six students are participating in the performance this year and are looking forward to showcasing their hard work alongside thousands of other student dancers, vocalist, choir members and stage managers.

PHOTO: Kevin Bowles

Year 9 student Amy Clarke is performing for the second time this year. Having learnt how the show is put together last year, she is looking forward to hitting the stage again and entertaining audiences.

“We’re part of mass dance, so we’ll go down to Melbourne and there’s a big raised stage which all the principals perform on. The mass dancers are on the floor around them – there’s about 1000 of us,” Clarke said.

“There is also another 1000 choir members involved. It’s extremely good to see all the state school students from across the state come together.”

The Spectacular also boasts a 64 piece orchestra, 30 lead vocalists, 16 principal dancers, 20 ensemble dancers, 8 backing vocalists, roller skaters and puppeteers.

“The theme of the show this year is ‘Made of Stars’ so we have galaxy costumes and the show is based around space.”

The spectacular will be performed twice on Saturday, September 14 at 1pm and 6:30pm, and include daredevil BMX riders and skaters, acrobats, circus artists, musicians, haka and hip-hop dancers.

“It does take a lot of commitment to learn the routines but it’s a good experience and I have had a lot of fun,” Clarke said.

The three-hour show will feature the arrival of a spaceship with a visitor from another planet, a crew of sassy blue street urchins, and a tongue-in-cheek look at fashion the show advertisers.

Ararat College’s Kevin Bowles has organised the students this year and will be accompanying them whilst they’re in the city for two days of rehearsals and the shows.

“We started dance rehearsals in March. The students have gone to three rehearsals located in Ballarat and one in St Arnaud with the show’s choreographer,” Bowles said.

PHOTO: Victorian State School Spectacular 2018 (Facebook)

“It’s a way for the students to get a sense of achievement and have a lot of fun, it’s just a good experience for them. It also shows that rural schools can do the same as what city schools can do.”

Tickets to the spectacular can be purchased HERE, with an edited version of the show put to air on Channel Seven later in the year.