Marian College students will join some of Victoria's finest secondary school dancers, actors, singers, graphic designers, filmmakers, and set builders tonight when Wakakirri hits the stage in Melbourne.
Tonight at the Clocktower Centre Moonee Ponds, Marian College will battle it out with other secondary schools to see who will make it through to the Wakakirri Awards Night.
The Wakakirri Secondary School Challenge is a chance for students to flex their creative skills, show off their talent, experience the thrill of performing in a professional environment and above all, have a great time.
Students from Marian College, Gisborne Secondary College, Pascoe Vale Girls College, Reservoir High School, Copperfield College and Echuca College will showcase their talents and skills in Dance Theatre.
The Wakakirri Secondary School Challenge will be judged by industry experts, including Cara Dinley, Mark Wilson, Laura Hamilton and Jason Coleman.
Other schools from across Victoria will showcase their performances in a second heat at the Frankston Art Centre on July 31.
Winning schools from both heats will then compete in the final Wakakirri Awards Night at Hamer Hall on September 19.
"Wakakirri offers young people an exciting opportunity to showcase their creativity and also explore careers in the exciting world of performing and creative arts, design and arts management," Minister for Youth Affairs Ryan Smith said.
"The Victorian Coalition Government is very pleased to once again support the Wakakirri Secondary School Challenge and I can't wait to see what students have in store for us this year. Victoria produces some of the most creative young people in Australia and Wakakirri provides the perfect platform for them to develop and showcase their talents," Mr Smith said.
This year, the Victorian Government is investing $200,000 to support the Wakakirri Secondary School Challenge to give young people a voice and help them get job-ready skills for Australia's entertainment industry.
The Wakakirri Secondary School Challenge is part of the Victorian Coalition Government's Youth Statement which aims to see all young Victorians engaged in education and training, and to be involved in their local communities.