Department program

Performing Arts Unit

The Performing Arts Unit is an initiative that provides opportunities for Victorian government schools students to participate in programs such as:

  • dance
  • drama
  • music
  • visual arts.

The unit is responsible for the popular Victorian State Schools Spectacular and the Victorian State Schools Performance Ensembles.

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

Ensemble auditions

​The Performing Arts Unit Ensembles are professionally managed and tutored student performers. The main aim of the ensembles is to nurture talent and provide opportunities for students.

The ensembles allow students with a talent for performance to receive tuition and direction from leading arts teachers. Students gain valuable performance experience and showcase the strength of the performing arts in Victorian government schools.

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.

All Victorian government school students are welcome to audition and if selected, it's free to join. Dance auditions are held in groups of approximately 10 - 20 whilst singing, string and band members auditions are solo.

The ensembles attend weekly rehearsals geared towards learning new performances.

Hiring the Ensembles

The versatility and talent of the ensembles means we are 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?

Costume hire

The Performing Arts Unit has a costume store of over 8,000 pieces. Our 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!