Kids strut their stuff on stage

Participants in the Novice Humorous Verse section of the Festival of Performing Arts.
Participants in the Novice Humorous Verse section of the Festival of Performing Arts. Tweed Daily News/Crystal Spencer

DESPITE his nerves, seven-year-old Braydon Courtney shone yesterday at the Murwillumbah Festival of Performing Arts.

The Casuarina youngster came first in the Novice Humorous Verse section, second in Drama and was highly commended for his Mime act.

“This is the first time I've performed on my own,” Braydon said.

“Last year I did stuff with my school, Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School.

“I was nervous before doing my humorous verse, Mum Doesn't Want a Dog.”

Yesterday's performances included poems, verse speaking, drama, mime, character recitals and Shakespeare readings.

The festival's speech convenor Kay Robinson said today's program includes some great sections.

“We start with the secondary school choral verse speaking which is a choir which speaks instead of singing,” Mrs Robinson said.

“It's always a highlight.”

Tickets are $5 adults, $3 concession and $2 students.

Today's program

9am: (12 years) Verse Speaking and Novice Humorous Verse.

10am: (Grade 7 and 8) Secondary School Speaking, (12 years) Drama, Sight Reading and Mime.

2pm: (12 years) Memorised prose, humorous Verse, (10 years) Humorous Verse, Verse Speaking and Drama.

7pm: (10 years) Novice Humorous Verse, Sight Reading and Mime.

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