|Certificate of First Time Performance ~ Speech Arts|
He had an agonizingly long wait - through eight folk songs/folk ballads delivered by singers 16 years and under. Then there were six poems, a girl participating in story telling, and another individual who gave a dramatic rendition of a monologue from "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown." At last it was Alisdair's turn.
He took a copy of Saturday's Saskatoon Star Phoenix up with him. The bold black headline read "HARPER GOVERNMENT FALLS" and underneath the sub-head was "PM expected to see Governor General today; election in May."
The adjudicator was Phyllis Thomson. She gave him 84%, which is equivalent to an A- and is defined as a performance with "Definite Merit."
|Certificate of Honor|
Public Speaking ~ 14 Years of Age and Under
"Once you got into the 'stream' you enjoyed yourself more fully. "cul de sac" This is a good beginning in public speaking. Perhaps use the music stand to hold your notes so that you can maintain eye contact as much as possible [we didn't know he was allowed to do so, or he would have!] Once you know your speech a little more fully, then you will be able to space your words even more completely. This was a long item to remember and you accomplished well. Thank you, Alisdair."
It was, in itself, beneficial for Alisdair and I to have the opportunity to watch others perform before competing in the Sacred Reading and Poetry classes. Now, at least, we know the proper procedures ~ like waiting for the secretary to read out each Class number and the competitor's names, ~ or how they adjudicate items a page at a time. We'll both be doing a lot of polishing between now and Friday... we need to be at the venue at 9 a.m. so that means leaving home either the night before or about 7 a.m! The things we do for the love of the arts....!