Samantha Murphy puts a comical spin on ballet, earning her first place in the 12-years mime.
Samantha Murphy puts a comical spin on ballet, earning her first place in the 12-years mime. Tweed Daily News

Ballerina pointes to humour in dance

IT is hard to believe, but Samantha Murphy's dreadful ballet performance earned her a first place at yesterday Murwillumbah Festival of Performing Arts.

The 12-year-old's comical mime of a wannabe ballerina wooed judges and the audience at the Murwillumbah Civic Centre.

But the performance was out of character for Samantha, who admitted to being good at ballet “most of the time”.

“I had to practice doing it badly,” the Currumbin youngster said.

“It was fun.”

Samantha also entered the non-humorous verse speaking section and was highly commended for her drama performance.

Today is the festival's final speech and drama day and kicks off with infant and primary schools' speaking choirs.

Program

9am: (Infants school) Years 1 and 2 Speaking Choir, Kindergarten speaking choir, (Primary School) Years 3 and 4 Speaking Choir and Years 5 and 6 Speaking Choir.

2pm: (10 years) Humorous Verse, Mime, Memorised Prose, Drama and Verse Speaking.



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