Lauren Swan (left) receives her speech arts adjudication from Melissa Glover (right). The Cariboo Festival continues this week with the piano section of competition at the Calvary Church.

Lauren Swan (left) receives her speech arts adjudication from Melissa Glover (right). The Cariboo Festival continues this week with the piano section of competition at the Calvary Church.

Cariboo Festival Speech Arts open to all ages

The Cariboo Festival Speech Arts section ended strong last week with a stellar performance by Mary Trott.

The Cariboo Festival Speech Arts section ended strong last week with a stellar performance by Mary Trott.

It was so awesome to have the Speech Arts discipline open with a five-year-old girl, Abby Ostrom, performing Sure Sign by Arnold Spilk and then to end with Trott’s mesmerizing sight reading of Life of Pi by Yann Martel.

In between the first and the last works of the speech art performances were some other inspiring works from local artists.

Melissa Glover, from Prince George, adjudicated this year’s speech art entrants. Glover recommended some local performers on to the provincial festival.

Glover is a graduate of Mount Royal University’s theatre performance program. While living in Calgary she had the opportunity to work with several directors and actors involved in the theatre community.

Favourite credits in Calgary include Spring Awakening, Crimes of the Heart, and Our Town. She then moved back home to Prince George and appeared in the Canadian premiere of All Shook Up.

She directed The Vagina Monologues at UNBC and then went on to tour Canada with a collective creation work called Roots Among the Rocks. Last summer she appeared in the musical The Producers and most recently was on stage performing in A Christmas Carol.

She will also be directing the Vagina Monologues again in Prince George.

Glover is thrilled to be adjudicating at the festival, she was an avid participant for many years in the Prince George and Burns Lake festivals.

The community is going to want to hear awards winners perform some of these great works May 4, 7 p.m. at the Honours held at the Cariboo Bethel.