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Young stars shine at Robertshaw Festival talent show
Stars of the future have been showcasing their talent during a celebration and competition of performing arts.
From nursery rhymes to television newscasts and Shakespearean readings, the Robertshaw Festival attracted an eclectic mix of work.
The festival is split over two weekends – speech and drama performances on the first weekend, followed by musical classes this coming Friday and Saturday.
Chairman Tom Walls said the main aim of the festival was to promote the study and enjoyment of performance.
“We're trying to encourage everybody who takes part to learn from their experience about how they can perform. Adjudicators are or have been professional performers,” he said.
“There's some stage schools who have some excellent performers. When children are brave enough to stand up and say their piece and they get it right, everyone’s really pleased for them.”
Organisers were also scouting for outstanding solo performers to represent the festival at a regional competition in September.
Seven-year-old Melina Shillito won second place for her reading of a poem called I Hate by Wendy Snape. Adjudicator Edwina Lloyd said Melina’s performance, as she read trhe piece from memory, showed she was interested in the poem.
Melina, of Thackley, has been a member of Stage 84 school of performing arts for two years.
Grandfather, Colin Neville, said the festival was good for Melina.
“This is the second time we’ve been here. I think it’s great. It encourages children to be confident and mix well with other people.
“We’ve found her confidence has grown tremendously since she’s been involved in the festival and Stage 84. She gets a real buzz from performing in public.”
Calum Johnson and Jack Griggs, both 14 and Stage 84 pupils were hoping to repeat last year’s first place success with performing an extract from King of The Castle.
Musical performances, which will include show songs, children's choirs, piano solos and a quartershop, will be performed from 6pm on Friday and from 9am on Saturday, at Beckfoot School in Wagon Lane, Bingley.
Mr Walls is keen for people to go and watch. It costs £2 for single attendance or £3 to go both days.