CLASS ACT: Katarina Perkins during the Junior Ballet Championships as part of the 44th Gladstone City Eisteddfod last year.
CLASS ACT: Katarina Perkins during the Junior Ballet Championships as part of the 44th Gladstone City Eisteddfod last year. Luka Kauzlaric

Eisteddfod taps into new sections

IT'S fresh, modern and set to be the best one yet.

The 45th Gladstone City Eisteddfod is returning this year from September 3-25.

After strong public demand, the committee has decided to add new sections to the program.

These include a mature and motivated dance section where dancers over 19 years of age are invited to perform in a group, trio or solo.

Belly dancers, Irish dancers, hip hop or tap dancers are encouraged to enter.

The speech and drama competition has many new sections including, storytelling, miming to music, paired mime, duologues and verse speaking.

The over 19 year sections have also been expanded to include lyric verse, Australian verse, impromptu reading, write and recite own poem, prose reading, prepared speech, improvisation, mime and verse speaking in pairs, group improvisation and mime.

The vocal section also has new sections, these include modern vocal, eg. pop, rock, pop ballad, folk, jazz or hip hop.

Eisteddfod president Carmel Stanley said as modern music grew, the eisteddfod had to progress, too.

"It was public demand. Many of our students who have gone onto uni and are 18 years old sent their requests in and they wanted modern musical theatre to be added," she said.

The 2015 syllabus is available for $5 at Judith Cooper Optometrist, Spa Express Sun Valley, Mitre 10 Boyne Tannum, Clinton Park Newsagency and Anthony Breed Music.

Don't forget to hand your entries in by May 1.

The eisteddfod office, on 32b Tank St, will be open 9am to 5pm on April 30 and May 1 to receive entries.

The committee said entries had been flowing in, with interest from outside of Gladstone, too.

For more information call Carmel Stanley on 4978 4636 or Pauline Newman on 4972 5428.

Also, check out the eisteddfod Facebook page for all the latest news and updates on sections.

The eisteddfod will be again be held at the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre.