Pointers for storytellers


BY JOANNE LIM

THE story of Peter Pan is more enchanting than ever – as told by 60 children, aged six to 12, in auditions held over the past three days to select 30 semi-finalists for the Peter Pan Creative Reading Competition, organised by Buena Vista Columbia TriStar Films (M) Sdn Bhd. 

The children were chosen from 350 entries received for the contest, which required them to complete the slogan: I enjoy reading because ...  

The semi-finals will be held at the Mines Wonderland Auditorium on Dec 27. 

Head judge for the competition Sandra Sodhy said judging would be based on intonation, pronunciation, diction and overall creative delivery. 

FROM NEVERLAND: Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, Wendy and Captain Hook made an appearance at the media screening of Peter Pan on Thursday.

“We are looking for children who can bring the story to life and, most importantly, have fun and be confident,” she says. 

She adds that they do not have to be “too Mat Salleh” in their delivery. “Just be natural, pronounce your words clearly and emphasise on the correct syllables.” 

Fluency, volume, and vocal dramatisation are also taken into account. “Loud is not always good. It must be colourful and suitable for the piece they have chosen, so avoid being monotonous,” Sodhy advises. 

Storytellers are also reminded that although they are to read from a book, and maintain good eye contact with the audience. 

“Make full use of your body language and hand gestures. The task is to animate J.M. Barrie’s words. Surprise us,” Sodhy says. 

Points will be also given for overall confidence and presence “which means the aura, projection and persona of the child delivering the story.” 

Sothy is a producer and publicist for stage productions, writer for TV, film and stage, performer and an English language teacher by training. She started Dramakids last year to promote storytelling and drama among seven to 15-year-olds.  

“Children have so much natural talent and they should grab every opportunity to explore the art and skill of storytelling,” she says. 

Divided into two categories – Level One for kids aged six to nine and Level Two for those 10 to 12 – this contest offers attractive prizes, including a holiday package to London. 

Ten children per level will be selected for the grand finals on  

Dec 28. 

A “Fantasy Carnival” is also being held until Dec 28 at Mines Wonderland where children can join in the adventures of Peter Pan and the Lost Boys through various fun-filled activities. 

Kuntum readers are also in for a special treat with a chance to meet and greet Peter Pan and his friends, followed by a screening of the movie on Jan 3 at GSC Mid Valley.  

Just look out for the January edition of Kuntum, cut out the coupon on the Peter Pan ad and redeem your tickets at the lobby of Menara Star in Petaling Jaya.  

Tickets will be given out on a first-come-first-served basis, from Dec 29 to 31, 10am to 5pm. 

For enquiries, contact Customer Care (Kuntum) at 03-7967 1388 ext 1025 or 1152. 

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