LIMELIGHT: Kindergarten teacher Jennie White took 18 Scots School children to the eisteddfod where they recited two poems. Photo: Phill MurrayClose to 1000 childrentrooped across the stage yesterday as the Bathurst Eisteddfod has moved into its second week.
President of the Bathurst Eisteddfod Society, Paula Elbourne, said the music section was a great success and now the program has moved into speech and drama and dance.
The fun got underway on Tuesdaymorning with the verse speaking choirs.
Noelle Patterson was at BMEC on Tuesday with her four-year-old grand daughter Erica.
They were there bright and early to see Erica’s cousin perform in the Kindergarten and Under Verse Speaking Choir section.
Mrs Patterson comes to the eisteddfod each year.
“It’s good for the children and good for the town,” she said.
One of the schools performing yesterday morning was the Scots School.
Kindergarten teacher Jennie White took 18 children to the eisteddfod where they recited two poems.
They had spent seven weeks preparing and were very excited to be going on the big stage.
Heather Saurine was also at BMEC to see her grand daughter Emily Morris, 6, perform with her friends from St Philomena’s.
She took four month old Sarah along for her very first Bathurst Eisteddfod experience.
Ms Elbourne said the speech and drama section will run until September 10 and the dance section will go right through to September 12.
Dance is the biggest section this year with lots of entries.
Ms Elbourne said one dance competitor she has spoken to will be taking to the stage 27 times, both as an individual performer and in group.
“We are expecting lots of glitter, colourful costumes, sequins and feathers to be flying around BMEC,” she said.
“It is really great to see some familiar faces coming back and watching their skills develop over the years. It is also wonderful to see lots of new faces.”
Ms Elbourne said the past week was very successful. On Choir Day 1200 children walked onto the BMEC stage over two sessions.
“It was just huge – all the schools brought big choirs. The sound was beautiful. It filled the theatre,” she said.
She said the eisteddfod volunteers are doing an amazing job marshalling the kids.
“They have been really good with kids who are nervous, excited and sometimes a bit silly, and have also been really encouraging,” Ms Elbourne said.
“We have some great new volunteers this year who have really embraced the eisteddfod.
“Our sponsors too are critical to ensuring the success of the eisteddfod by providing prize money, medals, trophies and gifts.
“How special is it for children to receive recognition for what they have done. They are so excited,” she said.
Ms Elbourne said next weekend will be the really big dance weekend.
“One of the highlights is always the baby dance, but personally I will particularly be looking forward to the dance groups,” she said.
“They always do something original and are really exciting to watch.”
Ms Elbourne said throughout the three weeks of the eisteddfod the organisers will be selecting the acts to appear in the Grand Concert on September 13.
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