Elaina Mollenhauer performing in the Vocal Solo - Musical Theatre 8 years and under section at the eisteddfod.
Elaina Mollenhauer performing in the Vocal Solo - Musical Theatre 8 years and under section at the eisteddfod. David Nielsen

Talented performers impress

TINY performers impressed adjudicators and audiences when they stepped into the spotlight the Ipswich Junior Eisteddfod yesterday morning.

The morning program was dedicated to singers aged under eight years, the majority of whom performed musical theatre pieces.

The under eight years musical theatre section was a colourful one, as contestants donned chef, cat, mermaid, princess, Toy Story, and Winnie the Pooh costumes, to match their respective theatre pieces.

It featured eight boys and 14 girls, and Ipswich Grammar School vocal teacher Bronwyn French said she was delighted to see a gender balance.

Ms French coached five-year-old performer Dominic Parcell, who performed You've Got a Friend in Me from Toy Story.

"It's marvellous to see such a big representation of boys at this Eisteddfod," Ms French said.

"It tends to waver in later years with sport and peer pressure, but we're finding there's a lot more boys staying around nowadays, perhaps because of TV singing competitions and the fact that male singers are very popular now."

Jackson Eastwood placed first in the section, followed by Elaina Mollenhauer (pictured), who placed second with The Second Star to the Right from Peter Pan, and Olivia Liston placed third.

Eisteddfod coverage will continue in tomorrow's QT.



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