Creative Generation 2018

Creative Generation – State Schools Onstage (CGEN) continues to give students, teachers and school communities the opportunity to be involved in a professionally produced, award-winning arena spectacular. Since its inception in 2005, the large-scale event has grown from a cast of 550 students to more than 1800 and is nationally renowned for its outstanding and vibrant display of state school talent. The experience gives students the chance to acquire new skills by working with some of Australia’s leading performers in a world-class venue. For many students taking part, it is their first time performing on an arena stage, while for others it is a valuable stepping stone in their career as young artists in the performing arts industry (CGEN, 2018). This year’s performances occurred on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th July at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC). QASMT student, Samantha Norris-Green, gives us an insight into what performing as part of CGEN is like:

“During the school holidays, between Terms 2 and 3, I took part in CGEN 2018. CGEN is a musical performance put on by State School students from across Queensland at the BCEC over two days. I spent lots of time at rehearsals through Terms 1 and 2 to put together all of the music which was played during the shows. The music ranged from Country through to Pop and Jazz, and was both challenging and fun to play. This was my second year at CGEN and has been the highlight of my year so far, as it was an amazing experience to work with so many talented students. In CGEN there are so many opportunities including featured and backup singing, choir, big band, dance, mass string and stage hands. The performance from this year will be broadcasted on Channel 10 on October 27th at 1:30pm, so if you did not catch CGEN this year, you can watch the replay then.”

Student, Samantha Norris-Green