THE region's young aspiring actors left the adjudicator in no doubt of their talents following a series of great performances at the Bundaberg Eisteddfod's speech and drama section.
The eisteddfod, which started last Saturday and wrapped up with a gala concert on Friday night, saw more than 2000 students from across the city compete - a record number, according to organisers.
Speech and drama section co-ordinator Libby Weir said the competition had been a big success, and there was a full house for the finale performance at the Playhouse Theatre.
"We had a really good concert on Friday evening - the adjudicator picked the items she wanted to see," she said.
"We started off with a three-year-old saying her nursery rhyme.
"We had about 10 little performers from three years up to a boy in Grade 2 - he did a prepared speech."
Mrs Weir said most of the students who competed in the week-long eisteddfod were from St Luke's, St Mary's, St Patrick's and St Joseph's schools.
"We had lots of high school students in the eisteddfod too," she said.
Mrs Weir said among the array of talented performers were 39 students from Sharon State School, who each did a three-minute prepared speech.
"Some of them just had little note cards and others did it without any notes at all," she said.
"The adjudicator said she was speechless."
Mrs Weir said that, although it was a big task to organise and co-ordinate such a large eisteddfod, the results were satisfying.
"One of the girls - she's 18 - competed for the last time," she said.
"She's been in it since she was a really little girl.
"It's nice to see the development in them - that's what I really enjoy."