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Creative students have their time to shine

Siblings Sara and Dean Ali take part in this year’s CGEN show. “The feeling you get from taking part … is amazing”

​A massive congratulations to the 1,500 state school students for wowing audiences with this year's Creative Generation – State Schools Onstage (CGEN).

Another huge thank you to the teachers, support staff, program sponsors and creative partners for their continued support of this incredible program.

Following months of rehearsals and planning, talented Prep to Year 12 students from state schools across Queensland joined together to showcase a musical, dance and performance compilation entitled 'Our time'.

CGEN Creative Director Liz Williamson, PSM, explained the creative inspiration.

"'Our time' traces back and celebrates key milestones of humankind through music and dance. From famous works of art, inspirational speeches, technological breakthroughs such as the invention of radio, the telephone, moon landing and a range of other milestones that are all now celebrated legacies in world history."

During the 3-hour show, audiences were taken on a journey through some momentous events of the modern era right through to today's tech-focused cyber world of emoticons, filters and selfies. Musical and dance performances celebrated different dance styles across the generations and reminded us of the many inspirational people across the world who have influenced us today.

Brother and sister, Dean and Sara Ali really enjoyed participating as dancers in this year's show.

"I would like to have a career in the creative arts industry. It was great fun, and I've been able to work with professional choreographers and gain valuable experience of what being a professional performer is like," explained Year 7 Mt Gravatt State High School student Sara Ali.

"Working and rehearsing alongside students from many different schools is another highlight of CGEN for me. The whole experience has allowed me to build my own confidence while enabling me to learn from others."

"With incredible performances across classical ballet, hip hop and drum lines to solo and choir vocalists, our orchestra, big band and much more, the show encourages today's young people to create their own legacies that will be celebrated long into the future," added Liz.

Positive reactions to the show focused on the sheer talent of the state school performers, their professionalism on stage as well as gratitude for all the hard work, time and dedication contributed by the backstage team, teachers, parents, sponsors and supporters – without whom the show could not come to life.

Year 5 Marshall Road State School student Dean Ali concluded: "The feeling you get from taking part, entertaining the audience and putting a smile on everyone's faces is amazing. Being part of CGEN is very important to me and many other students as a way of developing and showcasing our creative skills. I can't wait for CGEN 2020!"

If you missed out on this year's show, you can still experience the energy, talent and enjoyment of CGEN 2019 when Network Ten broadcasts a 90-minute show edit on Network Ten on Saturday 28 September at 12pm with an encore screening on Sunday 29 September at 11am on 10PEACH. You can also view images and videos from this year's show on the Creative Generation Facebook page or on the Creative Generation website.

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Last updated
09 September 2019