THE Victorian State Schools Spectacular is one of the biggest productions in Australia.
With more than 3000 students involved in each show as dancers, singers, and orchestra members, there's many, many moving parts.
Putting on each show is a year-round effort – as soon as one ends, the next begins.
Which is what brought dance director Deon Nuku to Wodonga on Tuesday.
Mr Nuku was working with students from Melrose Primary School and Wodonga Middle Years in preparation for this year's show, which will be at HiSense Arena on September 15.
“We have four rounds of rehearsals throughout Victoria, teaching 82 schools all up,” he said.
“That's just for dance, it's a whole other story for the choirs and orchestra.
“Once one show ends it's straight into the next one.”
This year's show will be the first one Melrose has participated in, while it will be the third time Wodonga Middle Years has joined the cast.
While learning eight separate routines was often intimidating at the start, especially with time at a premium, Mr Nuku said the rewards of their work were worth it.
“Throughout rehearsals, we can’t afford to take our foot off at all,” he said.
“It's like a giant jigsaw puzzle – if we don't get it right, the pieces won't fit.
“It's the most rewarding thing I’ve done in the sense that there's a light at the end of the tunnel.
“Sometimes you'll notice the kids feeling like they can’t do it at the start of the program, but soon enough they have the whole thing down and they just light up.”
Tickets for the show are on sale now.