Gleeks go for glory
  • Friday 01 July 2011

School students are invited to create a Glee Club routine for a chance to perform live at the fifth annual Caloundra Music Festival on 7 to 9 October 2011 and win $10,000 for their school’s performing arts department.

Participating schools will rehearse and video a song and dance performance of a popular musical number. Competition entries will be uploaded to YouTube where the public and a selection committee will vote for the most entertaining acts to perform live.

A glee club is a musical ensemble which traditionally specialises in the singing of short songs – glees – by trios or quartets.

Glee clubs have become popular again thanks to the comedy-drama television series Glee, which focuses on an American high school glee club with a larger ensemble of performers, choreographed dance routines, costume and renditions of popular musical numbers.

The top 21 glee club entries will be invited to the Sunshine Coast to perform live at the Caloundra Music Festival and six finalists will compete for $10,000 worth of prizes for their school.

Glee club competition organiser Alana Hall said there were many reasons why schools would benefit from taking part in the competition.

"We’re offering a massive $10,000 in prizes for school’s performing arts departments because music and entertainment is such an important aspect of Australian culture and we wish to encourage its growth at school level," she said.

"The resurgence of Glee Clubs through the popular television series has created a novel new angle on the delivery of song and dance – it’s such a fun and energising way to entertain and connect people through popular music."

Entries close on 31 August 2011.

To enter the competition and for more information visit www.caloundramusicfestival.com.

To view and vote on glee club entries visit http://www.youtube.com/cmfglee