Speech and drama give children the opportunity to develop self-confidence and new skills by using language in a fun and fearless way in front of family and friends.
Whether children are outgoing and loud or shy and soft-spoken, taking part in an eisteddfod will teach them something new.
This is according to Bambie de Wet, chairperson of the Harrismith Eisteddfod, which takes place from Monday, 12 August, to Saturday, 17 August.
The different genres for the English speech and drama category of this eisteddfod include poetry, dramatised poetry, prose, dramatised prose, scriptural recital, monologue, mime, unprepared reading, dialogue, choral verse, dramatic choral verse and one-act play. All these different genres can be overwhelming, so have a look at the Prospectus on the Harrismith Eisteddfod website for clarity.
Lauren Kruger was appointed to assist Marei Swanepoel as convenor to ensure that everything will be running smoothly.
Due to an overwhelming number of entries and back-to-back items for five full days during the 2018 eisteddfod, Petro Muller and Dr Niel van Niekerk will both be adjudicators this year.
Muller began her career as director, writer and lecturer in 1980, after she obtained her BA Speech and Drama (Hon.) qualification, followed by an HED from the University of the Free State (UFS). She also holds a diploma in acting from the Royal Academy in London.
She lectured at the former Bloemfontein College, as well as at the Uthe Creative Art and Speech and Drama in the Free State Dept. of Education andFS.
For the past 35 years, the Petro Muller Speech and Drama Studio has taught learners and students the finer skills of speech and drama, communication and interpretation art.
Muller is a well-known director, adjudicator and motivational speaker, as well as an examiner of the South African College for Speech and Drama in Johannesburg.
It is her passion to use drama in her teaching and to make a difference in the lives of young people.
Through the teaching of drama, young people have the opportunity to develop into well-behaved, balanced people who express themselves through a variety of art forms.
They also learn lessons that prepare them for life.
Van Niekerk achieved his BA Drama degree at the UFS in 1989 with renowned lecturer Margaret van der Post. He completed his PhD in Drama from the University of the Free State in 2003.
As an actor, Van Niekerk appeared in several productions at the KKNK and Volksblad Kunstefees. In 2011, he was nominated as best Free State artist with the best Free State production with the experimental production Amarequiem.
As director, he has exceptional experience in a variety of genres and directed productions for the Grahamstown Festival, the KKNK and the Vryfees, as well as numerous productions for Pacofs.
In 2005, he was the driving force behind the building of the Eunice High School’s theatre. Since then more than 70 productions took place under his guidance.
Several musicals also followed to establish Eunice’s proud history of culture and musical theatre.
Van Niekerk did radio work for four years at Radio Hoogland.
He also wrote a regular food column for Volksblad, as well as many theatre and book reviews. He delivered several papers on Drama theory during his nine years as lecturer at the Vista University. He adjudicated at several eisteddfods, and was the examiner for matric drama from 1999 to 2016.
He has been the head of the Drama Department at the Eunice High School for the past 19 years.
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