The eisteddfod underway

The Hay family won the cuteness vote, with Amelia, Brianna and Imogen each charming the audience.

The Hay family won the cuteness vote, with Amelia, Brianna and Imogen each charming the audience.

It’s all action at the Tenterfield School of Arts theatre this week as the 2017 Federation Eisteddfod program rolls out.

The biennial event kicked off with the speech sections on Monday, August 21 adjudicated by Rob Christmas.

The littlest ones showed the way with Amelia Aquilini first up performing in the six years and under section. The program then progressed through recitation, prose (both impromptu and own choice), story telling, nursery rhymes,  recitations, bush poetry, prepared speeches, compositions, bible readings and even tag-team performances in pair poetry.

For many of the entrants it was their first time on stage, making it a somewhat daunting experience but an invaluable one.

Adjudicator Ms Christmas commented on the bravery of the children, with helpful hints on big loud voices and keeping hands out of pockets to release nervousness.

Adjudicator Rob Christmas with competitors in the six years and under nursery rhyme section.

Adjudicator Rob Christmas with competitors in the six years and under nursery rhyme section.

Drake Public School had a strong showing with many of its students performing individually, as well as in the schools sections. 

Teams from The Sir Henry Parkes Memorial Public School and St Joseph’s Primary School also competed in the schools sections.

In the evening session the program moved in the categories for older performers, including a number of stars of the recent Captain Thunderbox melodrama so they’d already be familiar with the stage.

Hunter Hennessy made his mark in the Recitation and Prose (Own Choice) sections for 9 and under 10 years.

Hunter Hennessy made his mark in the Recitation and Prose (Own Choice) sections for 9 and under 10 years.

Full results from the speech sections will be published when available. The eisteddfod continues with a huge dance program and the music sections through to Saturday, August 26.

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