Intermediate performers from Coolum Beach School of Dance perform at last year’s Maryborough Eisteddfod.
Intermediate performers from Coolum Beach School of Dance perform at last year’s Maryborough Eisteddfod. Valerie Horton

Schools fill theatre with song and dance

THE sounds of the Fraser Coast's most talented performers have filled the Brolga Theatre at this week's Maryborough eisteddfod.

An estimated 2000 school students from around the Fraser Coast and beyond, including Tin Can Bay and Bundaberg, performed in yesterday's school choir and drama competitions.

Eisteddfod organiser Irene Smith said the event was getting bigger each year with the youngest performer aged 5 and the oldest, Ms Smith's mother Zella, almost 90 years old.

"My 89-year-old mother sang a duet with my daughter so it was pretty special to give them an award myself," Ms Smith said.

"They performed the Flower Duet from the opera Lakme."

She said the talent she had seen so far had been admirable.

"Most of the talent this year has been spectacular and it's a credit to the teachers and performers, of course," Ms Smith said.

"Eisteddfods help boost people's self-esteem and are a great way to promote the school."

Ms Smith thanked all the schools for their support and interest.

One of the local schools taking part throughout the week was Howard State School, who performed in the choir and speech and drama competitions.

School captain and performer Harry Jones said this was his first time in an eisteddfod.

"I think singing is the most fun part of an eisteddfod," Harry said.

"I'm pretty nervous but it's fun to sing in front of people."

Students from Tin Can Bay State School took the hour-long bus trip to Maryborough to take part in the inter-choir heats.

Isabelle Dennison and Cody Downs, both 10, were looking forward to representing their school and showing off their talents.

"You can show people what you can do and express yourself," Isabelle said. "It's fun to get awards too."

The eisteddfod is open to the public and prices vary.

Tickets

Season ticket: $30 adult; $20 concession/students

Daily ticket: $12 adult; $8 concession/student

Session ticket: $6 for adults; $4 concession/student.