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Colsterworth Festival of Performing Arts Saturday 24th February 2018

 

Your child has either expressed an interest in the past or auditioned this year and has consequently been chosen to represent the school at the Colsterworth Festival of Performing Arts on Saturday 24th February 2018.

 

Your child will be reading a poem in front of a small audience and a judge at the Colsterworth Village Hall (Woolsthorpe by Colsterworth NG33 5PG). We will rehearse in school but you will also need to practise at home. The last time we entered, this part of the festival took place from 10.00am to 3.00pm.  I will write to you again when we have a more definite time (the organisers need to put together the programme) and enclose a map if you are unsure where the hall is located. I can provide a limited amount of transport to and from the event.

 

This is a great opportunity to take part in the festival. There are lots of different categories and there are prizes and trophies for each category. You can download the set pieces from the gallery section of our website. Front page of our website, then 'Children' then 'Gallery'. There are also other categories and you can enter these too if you are interested (https://colsterworthfestival.co.uk)

 

A01: Reading from a text own choice-not to exceed 2 minutes. In the 'reading from text' categories the children have to 'pretend' to read it from the script in front of them even if they do know it off by heart. I have chosen the text for the children but you can change it if you want but you must give me a copy that I can send to the judges before the day of the Festival.

 

A01a: Year 2 and under 
A01b: Year 3 and 4
A01c: Year 5 and 6 

 

A02: Reading from a text (set piece). In the 'reading from text' categories the children have to 'pretend' to read it from the script in front of them even if they do know it off by heart.

 

A02a Year 2 and under (The Gruffalo's Child visit our 'Gallery' to download the complete reading)
A02b Year 3 and 4 (Outlaw by Michael Morpurgo visit our 'Gallery' to download complete reading)
A02c Year 5 and 6 (Stormbreaker visit our 'Gallery' to download complete reading)

 

A04: Recital (from memory-set piece). In this category the children have to memorise the text.
 

A04a: Year 2 and under (Solomon Grundy visit our 'Gallery' to download the complete reading)
A04b: Year 3 and 4 (The Elephant by John Joy Bell visit our 'Gallery' to download the complete reading)
A04c: Year 5 and 6 (The Owl and the Pussy Cat visit our 'Gallery' to download the complete reading)

 

A09: Sight reading (children are given a text two minutes before they are asked to read it to the judges. The text will be new to them but they can read it through a couple of times before they will have to perform.)

 

A09a: Year 2 and under 
A09b: Year 3 and 4
A09c: Year 5 and 6 

 

A13: Own work (children read a poem or story they have written themselves-a copy of which must be handed to the judges before the start of the festival. Not to exceed 2 minutes.)

 

A13a: Year 2 and under 
A13b: Year 3 and 4
A13c: Year 5 and 6 

 

Hints and Tips

 

In preparation for the Colsterworth Festival on Saturday 24th February we will have several rehearsals in school. However it would also help if you practised a little at home.

 

1. Reading (from a text). This is when you have the piece of writing, generally a poem or descriptive part of a story and you simply have to read it out to the audience. Please note that in this category you have to read the piece of writing, ideally with frequent looks up to the audience, even if you know it off by heart. It is not a recital. I would laminate the reading or back it on card.

 

2. Memory (recital). This is when you learn the piece and recite it to the audience from memory. You don’t have the reading with you!

 

3. Sight reading. This is the category when you aren't given the piece of writing until two minutes before you are asked to read it to the audience. You go in to a separate room, read it through, then go out to the audience.

 

Tips:

  • Make sure you know the category of public speaking and rehearse your piece
  • Walk on stage slowly and get feet in position before you say anything
  • Get hands in position
  • Pause, look up and smile at parents
  • Read out loud, the title and the author of the piece you are reading
  • Read/speak loudly and slowly (the louder and slower you do it- the better).
  • Pause at the appropriate places
  • Use your lips to enunciate the words
  • Use as much expression in your voice as you can...this is the clincher
  • The judges like a little bodily expression and a few hand gestures but don't over do it!
  • Even if you aren't enjoying it, you have to make the audience feel that you are...smile
  • Do not move your feet until you have finished reading
  • Smile at parents, pause then go and sit down

 

The three Ps of Public Speaking:

 

  1. PROJECTION (loud)
  2. PAUSE (dramatic impact)
  3. PACE (slowly)

 

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