Practice provides polish
MUSIC and speech and drama students took the stage for the Biloela Eisteddfod over the last week.
The annual competition gives students a chance to show off their hard work, build performance skills and develop the confidence to perform in front of a crowd.
"Eisteddfod is always such a blast," competitor Jaime Moretti said.
"It's such a supportive and fun environment.
"It's sad to say it's over for another year," competitor Chloe Cusack said.
Of course some students enjoyed the competitive aspect more than others.
"Brianna hasn't let go of her trophy," parent Ian Hillier said.
"She slept with it last night and she has it in her bag right now."
The eisteddfod also offers students the opportunity to gain valuable feedback from accomplished professionals.
Graeme Porter was the music adjudicator this year.
He has worked as an ensemble director, principal baritone horn and an instrumental music teacher, among other things.
The speech and drama adjudicator this year was Carolyn Mackenzie, who travelled all the way from NSW.
Carolyn is an experienced adjudicator and examiner for the Australian Speech Communication Association.
She said "the talent exhibited by students is equivalent to the bigger centers" and that "students are really benefiting from the hard work of the committee".
Highlights from the Music, Drama and Dance Eisteddfods will be on show June 7 with doors opening at 5.30pm.
Entries are also open for the Dance Eisteddfod, which will take place on September 6 and 12.