More than 1,800 Queensland state school students are set to wow audiences at the 14th annual Creative Generation – State Schools Onstage (CGEN).
Education Minister Grace Grace said the two-day extravaganza kicks off today at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
“CGEN gives Queensland students the chance to express themselves on stage, showcasing their talents in drama, song and dance,” Ms Grace said.
“The 2018 production features a 76-piece symphony orchestra, a 500-voice choir, 700 dancers and more than 35 featured soloists.
“It involves students from kindy to year 12 and is a highlight on our performing arts calendar.”
Ms Grace said one of the best parts about CGEN is the opportunity for students to learn from the best in the business.
“Students have been working alongside Australia’s leading artists, including James Morrison AM, and composer and conductor Sean O’Boyle AM, inspiring them to pursue a career in the arts,” Ms Grace said.
“We want every student involved to know that believing in their talents and dreaming big can lead to incredible opportunities.”
Ms Grace said plenty of hard work has gone into producing the performances.
“Students, teachers and volunteers around the state have spent hundreds of hours rehearsing in the lead up to CGEN,” Ms Grace said.
“I’d like to thank everyone involved, especially parents and volunteers behind the scenes, for making the production come to life.
“I am really looking forward to seeing the show.”
Ms Grace acknowledged the support of CGEN’s two principal partners - QUT and international venue management group AEG Ogden, for helping to nurture the talents of the students.
Other CGEN supporters this year included major partner The Courier-Mail, broadcast partner Network Ten, event partner Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Radio partner Nova 106.9 and Program Partner QSuper as well as Creative Partners, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Capezio, Drum Camp, Flipside Circus, Vocal Manoeuvres, Rockit Productions and Rapid Displays.
The public will have the opportunity to watch the production on Network Ten on Saturday 27 October 2018 at 1.30 pm.
Creative Generation – State Schools Onstage 2018 is presented by the Department of Education.
Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
The Honourable Grace Grace