2022 Schools Spectacular
Dates: show week rehearsals – Monday 21 November to Thursday 24 November 2022, including final combined dance rehearsal, orchestra and stage band sound checks, mass choir rehearsal and dress rehearsal.
Performances: Friday, 25 November, and Saturday, 26 November 2022, including the schools’ preview matinee, Friday evening, Saturday matinee and Saturday evening performances.
Venue: Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney Olympic Park.
Apply now for the 2022 Schools Spectacular
All students and schools are eligible to apply in the following categories:
Featured Artist, Featured Dancer, Featured Instrumentalist, Combined Dance, Combined Drama, Combined Choir Primary and Secondary, D’Arts Ensemble, Aboriginal Dance Ensemble, Student Production Team, Staff Production Team, Music Team, Dance (Choreography) Team, Core Choir and Specialist Performer / Ensemble.
Most categories are now closed for application for the 2022 season. Orchestra and Stage Band applications are still open. These close on Thursday, 8 September. Apply for orchestra and stage band.
For further details, visit the Schools Spectacular website.
About the Schools Spectacular
The Schools Spectacular is a world-class arena production and one of the most significant annual events of its calibre anywhere in Australia and arguably the world. From its ability to produce national and international stars to its role in promoting inclusiveness and reconciliation, the Schools Spectacular has no peer.
The Schools Spectacular:
- has taken place annually at Qantas Credit Union Arena (formerly known as the Sydney Entertainment Centre) since 1984, and in 2016 was held at the Qudos Bank Arena.
- in 2016, set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS TM for the Largest Amateur Variety Act with over 5,300 students performing in the show!
- is an established and well-recognised event on the Sydney live entertainment calendar
- showcases a cast of 2,300 dancers, a combined choir of 2,500, an 80-piece full symphony orchestra, and a 25-piece stage band
- delivers outstanding, cutting-edge artistry in dance and musical performance
- features state-of-the-art sound, lighting and staging
- is televised nationally in prime-time on Channel 7.
The Schools Spectacular is a remarkable New South Wales success story proudly presented by the NSW Department of Education.
Visit the Schools Spectacular website for information on how to get involved.
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Enjoy the Be inspired showcase exhibiting the extraordinary talent from NSW public schools.
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