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Creative Generation – State Schools on Stage

Posted by Team APATA | Jul 21, 2022

More than 1,700 Queensland state school students have taken to the stage at the stage at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, with the Premier and Education Minister among the audience at last Saturday’s sell out Creative Generation – State Schools Onstage (CGEN) performance.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the production was exceptional.

“The talent we have in our Queensland state schools is world class,” the Premier said.

“As Queensland’s largest annual youth performing arts program, CGEN gives young artists of all levels incredible opportunities and exposure.

“CGEN participants experience auditions, workshops, professional coaching and rehearsal opportunities plus the final performances to packed houses.

“Today we saw students of all ages, from kindy right through to Year 12, shine in this outstanding production, and I want to congratulate everyone involved.”

18 years of Creative Generation – State Schools Onstage

Reflecting on the milestone was Education Minister Grace Grace.

“Back in 2005 CGEN started with a cast of 550 students, and now we have 1,700 playing to packed audiences over four performances,” Ms Grace said.

“At all four shows these creative and talented students wowed audiences of up to 1800 people – every year this show just gets better and better.”

“Whether it’s the orchestra, the choir, the dancers, the actors, the student media, or the stage crew, students from right across the state are showcasing their diverse talents and it was a joy to watch.

“I’m certainly one very proud Education Minister today!”

Ms Grace said CGEN was a credit to students, their parents, mentors, teachers, and other behind-the-scenes supporters.

“I want to thank and pay tribute to parents, carers and teachers for their hard work and dedication in supporting the young artists,” Ms Grace said.

“The students who supported the stage performers deserve a special shout out too. Those behind-the-scenes students whose technical skills in sound, lighting and digital technology helped make the show the visual and sound spectacular it was.

“Of course, none of this would be possible without our corporate partners – The Courier-Mail, Network 10, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre and Out There Productions Australia.

“I also thank our program partners TUH Health Fund and The Wardrobe, and creative partners Vocal Manoeuvres, Vocal Manoeuvres Academy, Drum Camp, Rapid Displays, Flipside Circus and Rockit Productions.”

This year’s show will be televised nationally on Network 10 later in the year.


CGEN Website: creativegeneration.education.qld.gov.au/cgen

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