Christina Rogers, a 20-year enthusiast of the speech arts will be adjudicating the art for Cariboo Festival 2015 this Thursday and Friday.
There are 50 individual and school class entries in this category, who will strut their stuff for Rogers at Calvary Church at 625 Carson Drive starting at 9 a.m. each morning.
Categories for children and adults include original poetry, memorized prose, Shakespeare, readers’ theatre, Bible reading, Canadian poetry, narrative or dramatic poetry, humorous poetry, lyric poetry, impromptu story telling, story telling, public speaking, poems for two, and sight reading.
Rogers holds an ARCT in speech arts from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto where she received the Florence Memorial Scholarship and gold medal for the highest mark in Canada.
She has also completed exams with Trinity College, London, England and spent several years teaching at the well-respected Speech Arts Studio in Edmonton, AB. While in her youth, Rogers began studying with esteemed speech arts coach Shirley Konrad. She also has trained with multiple voice instructors including Carol Anderson who she credits most for inspiring her as a voice teacher.
Rogers has won numerous scholarships and awards for her performances, including the best overall speech award four times, the best overall voice award, the Telus Scholarship and first place at the provincial level.
Rogers has also used her skills to do radio interviews, and is a published author and poet. She finds great joy in teaching, adjudicating, and doing workshops.
She currently works with groups and private students in Northern B.C., where she lives with her husband and three children.
The public is invited to attend all of the entry categories but the festival society reminds people that no pictures or noise can be made during the adjudication process.
The festival started this week with strings and instrumental, creative writing and speech arts sections and continues next week with vocal and choral, piano and band sections. The festival wraps up with the Honours Concert and awards April 25 at Cariboo Bethel Church.
For details check out the festival website at cariboofestival.ca.