Standard just as high despite falling entries
ENTRIES may have been down for the 2013 North Devon Performing Arts Festival's speech and drama classes, but the standard was just as high as in previous years.
Organisers were delighted that Petroc's Barnstaple campus was the venue this year.
And several students from the college took part for the first time, notching up success in the drama classes.
Troy Waistell, with fellow student Sam Farr, won the 16-18 year duologue class, followed by Ellie Prideaux's success in the improvised drama 18 years and under class.
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Pilton Bluecoat School also entered for the first time and gave a charming, winning performance of Jack And The Beanstalk.
Kingsley School, Shebbear College and West Buckland School were well represented and won their fair share of trophies.
Although entry numbers were down compared with last year, there were still more than 200 performances and the standard remained just as high as in previous years.
Adjudicator Eleanor McLeod praised the teaching and hard work that went into preparations for the event.
And many students were rewarded for their efforts with marks in the distinction category.
Siblings Elijah and Zoe Bodinetz from Kingsley won the most promising performer 12 years and under and the highest mark in solo drama respectfully.
Fellow Kingsley pupil Robert Stirzaker and Freddie Wakefield from West Buckland shared the highest mark in a speech class, giving performances that fell in the outstanding category.
Freddie also won the overall comedy cup.
George Fincher from West Buckland won the most promising performer in the festival while fellow students Lydia and Carmen Clements, along with Kate Bowman Openshaw and Vicky Griffin, shared the overall duologue prize.
A selection of these winning pieces will be showcased at the Festival Gala Concert on Saturday, March 2, at Kingsley School Theatre, Bideford, along with performances by winners from the dance, instrumental and vocal sections.
The concert starts at 6.30pm. Tickets can be obtained on the door or in advance from organiser Lucy Giddy on 01237 422603.
They cost £6 for adults and £3 for children which includes drinks and nibbles.
Novice Performer: poetry 9 yrs & under, Lily Harvey; 11 yrs & under, Douglas Willis Butcher. Prose 9 yrs & under, Joshua Harvey; 11 yrs & under, Olivia Rolls; 14 yrs & under, Beth Keech. Solo drama 9 yrs & under, Louisa Cotton; 11 yrs & under, Robin Dalton; 14 yrs & under, Oliver Crowhurst. Poetry Duologue: 7 yrs & under, Alena and Asha Cartmell; 9 yrs & under, Lily Harvey and Louisa Cotton; 10 yrs & under, Freddie Wakefield and Joshua Pilkington; 11-12 yrs, Robert Stirzaker and Nathaniel Bodinetz. Poetry: 6 yrs & under, Liam Stapleton; 8 yrs, Elijah Bodinetz; 9 yrs, Lennox Bradford; 10 yrs, Hector Bunclarke; 11-12 yrs, Robert Stirzaker; 13-14 yrs, Lydia Clements; 15-16 yrs, Candy Dehnavi. Humorous verse: 7 yrs & under, Alena Cartmell; 8 yrs & under, Maddie Kail; 9 yrs & under, Lennox Bradford; 10 yrs & under, William Dell; 11-12 yrs, Eluned Davies. Prose reading 8-9 yrs, Lennox Bradford; 10 yrs, Freddie Wakefield; 11-12 yrs, Robert Stirzaker; 13-14 yrs, Joshua Lang; 15-16 yrs, George Fincher. Group Acting 11 yrs & under, Bluecoat Primary School. Solo drama 10 yrs, Connie Gillies; 11 yrs, Eluned Davies; 12 yrs, Ella Tagg; 13 yrs, Zoe Bodinetz; 14-15 yrs, Charlie Brown; 16-18 yrs, George Fincher. Duologue: 9 yrs & under, Madeleine Brent and Ellianna Braddick; 12 yrs, Kelsie Cooling and Isobel Fincher; 13 yrs, Emily Hughes and Zoe Bodinetz; 14-15 yrs, Kate Bowman Openshaw and Vicky Griffin; 16-18 yrs, Troy Waistell and Sam Farr; mixed age, Lydia and Carmen Clements. Shakespeare duologue: 12-13 yrs, Ella Tagg and Molly Gardner; 14-15 yrs, Kate Bowman Openshaw and Vicky Griffin. Shakespeare solo speech: 14-15 yrs (joint), Ruth Wormington, Charlie Brown, Isabel Murgelas; 16-18 yrs, Lucy Down. Improvised drama: 12 yrs & under, Isobel Fincher and Kelsie Cooling; 15 yrs & under, Millie Podmore and Felicity Wheeler; 18 yrs & under, Ellie Prideaux and Troy Waistell. Original script writing: 11 yrs & under, Madeleine Brent and Ellianna Braddick; 14 yrs & under, Maisie Milton and Megan Crockett; 15-18 yrs, Madeleine Ralph and Thomasin Light. Bible reading: 11-13 yrs, Carmen Clements; 14-18 yrs, Lydia Clements. Spiritual reading: open, Tony Bodinetz. Sight reading: 11-12 yrs, Carmen Clements; 13-14 yrs, Lydia Clements; 15-16 yrs, Jessica Sansom.