The stage is set for this year’s Victorian State Schools Spectacular, with a record 26 students from Rowville Secondary College forming part of the team set to dazzle thousands at Hisense Arena on Saturday.

From the stage to the editing suite, camera operations to inside the gigantic CatBot, the College’s Institute of the Arts students have all bases covered.

The publicity build-up has been a showcase in itself, with several of our students taking a walk down Media Street ahead of Saturday’s main event.

Tim Mason, 16, appeared as a special guest on the Seven Network’s The Morning Show on Monday, ahead of performing his role as a magician.  Mason worked his magic on national television, spellbinding hosts Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies.

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Mason forms part of the College’s team of individual performers, including Daniel Tohill, Verity Runje, Callum Hawthorne, Nathan Hancock, Joshua Douglas, Matilda Weaver, Elisha Blood, Brooke MacRae, Emily MacRae, Shariz Roca, Skye Ladell, Kyle O’Brien, Broc Calwell and Fletcher Brown.

Sisters Brooke and Emily MacRae, ensemble dancers, cannot wait to take to Hisense Arena.

“I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of VSSS last year, because I felt that I grew a lot as a dancer and it allowed me to perform and work with such an amazing group of inspiring people,” Brooke said.

“Being a part of last year’s show encouraged me to want to do it again this year.”

“(VSSS) is an amazing experience, and is such a friendly environment with many friends of same interests and similarities,” Emily said.

Daniel Tohill will be showcasing his background in circus and gymnastics. Appearing in Knox Leader, performing has been a long-standing interest of Tohill’s, with the stage proving to be his element.

“I’ve always loved the stage and everything to do with it,” Tohill told Knox Leader.

Pictures: Lawrence Pinder, Valeriu Campan.

Lydia Corkill, 18, featured in this week’s Herald Sun, and will be part of the puppeteer team operating the six-metre tall, inflatable CatBot.

Full Herald Sun article here. Picture: Andrew Henshaw.

Corkill is joined by fellow RSC students Elle Abdo, Gisele Keiffer, Anna Morrissey, Jamison Zmood, Madison Brouwer and Taylah Dietzel in operating the towering feline, with the team rounded out by Coburg Senior High School students.

And while our performers take the stage, the College’s media team, featuring Taylor George, Jamie Earp, Chantal Kokke and Bailey O’Brien will be feverishly at work behind the scenes.

The media team has had the red carpet rolled out for it for the big day, with Victorian State Schools Spectacular organising an exclusive Rowville edit suite. Sorry, no commoners allowed.

Amongst the 10,000-strong crowd will be Year 10’s Broc Calwell, as he enjoys one of the best seats in the house as a camera operator, likewise Fletcher Brown, who will be operating a spotlight.

On the eve of Victoria’s biggest showcase of state school performing arts talent, as 26 of the College’s finest cover all bases, tickets can be purchased through Ticketek, with the show performed at 1pm and 6.30pm.