700 take to Brolga stage

THE FRASER Coast's most talented musicians, actors, writers and singers are set to shine when they take to the stage of the Brolga Theatre for the 2011 Maryborough Eisteddfod.

Preparations are well under way for the annual event – to be held from August 1 to 6 – and more than 700 entries have poured in from across the Wide Bay Burnett so far.

Organisers are thrilled with the numbers, especially considering just a few months earlier hundreds of local performers competed in the Queensland Eisteddfod, hosted by Maryborough.

“To perform in two eisteddfods in the same city in one year is a big ask for schools and other competitors,” publicity officer Faye Waldock said.

Vocal and Choral, Literary, Instrumental and Speech and Drama make up the four categories and each will be judged by an experienced adjudicator.

Gordon Harris will adjudicate Vocal and Choral while Jocelyn Watts will look after the literary category.

Dr Helen Lancaster will judge the instrumental section and speech and drama adjudicator will be Adrienne Costello.

Volunteers were still needed to help ensure events run smoothly, said Ms Waldock, and anyone who held a Blue Card was encouraged to contact the organisers on 41221135.

For more information visit www.maryborougheisteddfod .com.

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