Victorian State Schools Spectacular 2023


Lord Murray Schoorman
Lord Murray Schoorman
Lord Murray SCHOORMAN is a dynamic media industry entrepreneur. Commencing his own media production powerhouse in 2001, Peak Hour Images has leaped from strength to strength in an everchanging content production landscape. Lord Murray is also a long-standing member of the Melbourne Press Club and The National Press Club of Australia. In November 2013 Lord Murray Schoorman was appointed a position on the committee of the Fitzroy Street Trader's Association & within a year he was promoted to the position of Vice President of the association. He proudly held this position for over 3 years, working closely with the major events department of the City of Port Phillip and various other stakeholders. Little known fact; Lord Murray is also a qualified senior firefighter with over 13 years experience on the frontline of high-profile international motorsport.

The 2023 Victorian State Schools Spectacular (VSSS) returns for its annual extravaganza for two shows on Saturday 9 September 2023 at 1pm and 6:30pm at John Cain Arena. Tickets to this year’s Victorian State Schools Spectacular are on sale now at

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Victorian State Schools Spectacular 2023 - Gauri Singh
Victorian State Schools Spectacular 2023 – Gauri Singh – solo singer

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Over 2000 Victorian students are part of an extraordinary eight-month creative journey, which will culminate in the state’s budding creative talent taking to the stage as circus artists, puppeteers, musicians, singers, dancers and skaters, as well as further students taking on the incredibly important behind-the-scenes roles in stage management, lighting, sound, costumes, and production.

The Toorak Times sent their chief reporter and lead photographer, Lord Murray Schoorman from Peak Hour Images along to the sneak peek aka full dress rehearsal today.

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PHI 9404This year’s show – Happy Travels – will follow an intrepid group of hapless tourists as they traverse the globe in a cavalcade of circus mayhem. The arena audience will be amazed by giant puppets and a dazzling circus fairground with awe inspiring aerialists, while the score will deliver music from the Pacific, Japan, Britain, Italy and Australia’s First Nations.  Circus performers are being trained by professional circus artists Dislocate Theatre and this year will also feature the First Nations Ensemble who are working with leading First Nations circus company Na Djinang Circus.


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The VSSS is a proud tradition in government schools and offers students the opportunity to take part in this heart-warming performing arts showcase performing to thousands of people and later broadcast on television. Happy Travels offers best wishes to students on their journey of self-discovery.

Presented by the Department of Education, the 2023 Victorian State Schools Spectacular is a not-to-be-missed event for all families.

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