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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 176

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10E THE PALM BEACH POST THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 1998 w 1 UlElSS'tP LMF U iJTo WELLINGTONROYAL PALM BEACHLOXAHATCHEE LAKE COMMUNITIES LIVING LA UL 15 Hispanic performers compete at Duncan Theatre ctimnlatinor HisDanic artists and in cnmp merencme bands." said Aguilera. He said he plays in the bands to gain experience, but he hopes for a solo career. He loves to perform, drawing energy from the crowd. And the bigger the audience, the better, he says. "At first it's really hard, but when you are on the stage. you get secure of yourself. You're (only) nervous for the first 30 seconds." Performers were judged on their creativity, stage presence and their ability to get the crowd out of its seats. Manual tJhofewu& tJire By Janis Fontaine Palm Beach Post Staff Writer The Duncan Theatre rumbled to a Latin beat on March 1 when 15 artists competed in the Hispanic Song Festival, the first competition of its type in Florida. Each artist represented a South or Central American country or a Hispanic community in the U.S. and was chosen to compete based upon an application and demo tape. Finalists competed live before the judges and received trophies, prizes and the coveted chance for a record deal. Organizer Carlos Daniel, 25, of West Palm Beach, promoted and produced the show with the help of sponsors including Mountain Dew, Entemann's Bakery and Semanario Accion, a Hispanic newspaper published in Dade and Broward county. The first 793-4827 KMart Shopping Plaza 10255 Southern Boulevard SINCE 1976 Bornia, 16, of the Domini- . can Republic took second place. The piano player and composer performed a song called Aquella Flor (That Flower), an Installed In-Stock Only 1 their music in Palm Beach County, coached Maria prior to the competition. He was as surprised as anyone when she walked away with a top prize for Amor a la Mexicana (Love in the Mexican Way). Daniel's goal to promote local talent includes promoting himself. He performed the closing number at the show, but didn't compete. "It wouldn't be fair," he said, stressing that the competition was for amateur performers. And Daniel, a native of Colombia who has been in the U.S. for five years, is no longer an amateur. He'll be releasing his first single, Protagonista de una Cancion (Protagonist of a Song), to radio late in April. Most participants were from Palm Beach County, but some were from Dade County and others from Georgia. The other countries or communities and the artists who represented them included: Jose Ivan Jara of Chile; Lu-ciana Pires of Brazil; Marian Pineda, the Latin American representative; Gustavo Amador of Honduras; Pedro Valentin of Mexico; Tomas (Jeraldo Martinez) of Puerto Rico; Raul Cadagan of Argentina; James Nunez of Peru; Mary Blanch of West Palm Beach represented OPA, the Organization for the Prevention of Abuse, an anti-drug group in Palm Beach County; Yamila Rodrigues represented Georgia's Hispanic community and Rhita (Carmen Rodrigues) was the representative for Junsboro, Ga. I watch nirh Limit 2 per Coupon Battery PJ Coupon Only KxpSgj " H place trophy went home with 20-year-old Tairon Aguilera of Venezuela, who performed a ballad called Nunca (which Bornia original com position, accompanied by strings, horns and percussion. He lives in West Palm Beach and attends the School of the Arts. One of the II feBAGELS & MORE DElK VUVX Located in Winn Dixie Plaza, Royal Palm Y 753-5553 big surprises of the night was 12-year-old Maria Jose of West Palm Beach who represented Ecuador. She walked away with a third nlap trnnhv DAILY SUNSET SPECIALS Y'lTX Aguilera Xhe music was written by Alex Arce. The lyrics came from an anonymous poem. "When I was 14, my mom gave me a guitar. I taught myself. I've been two years in the States. I came with the American dream," said Aguilera, who lives in West Palm Beach. "This is my first experience as a solo artist, (although) I've been 5;00-6:30 pm (From $7.99, no substitutions) , ) 11 Toev. From Ribs & More is now cookingl JL ' . . . I his famous Ribs & Chicken tor us! Jose for her first- ever public performance. 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Of course, unless you are a college professor. Hope-Levin has helped many professionals, including attorneys, engineers, executives, and well as PTA presidents and others, develop enthusiasm for public speaking. Speeches also need to be edited. "Look at FDR's famous speech after Pearl Harbor. He had written 'a day that will live in world history,' and he changed that to 'infamy,' " she said. Much better. I lope-Levin likes to begin her speeches with short poems or humorous anecdotes, which she says is different from jokes. "Be careful with jokes. They can make the audience nervous," she said. "And a dead killer is handouts. The audience reads them, doodles on them, and you loose your eye contact." "But beautiful visuals, large enough for everyone to see, are effective," she said. All of Hope-Levin's techniques are incorporated into her workshops called "Speak-Easy Seminars." For information, call 229-3049. By Jeri Butler Palm Beach Post Staff Writer What is the biggest fear people have? Death? Snakes? An IRS audit? "Surveys show that public speaking is the number one thing people are afraid of," said Pamela Hope-Levin, a speech and theater instructor. "The fear is really performance anxiety, and a little of it is good." But too much nervousness can kill a speech, no matter how important the message is. Hope-Levin, who earned a master's degree in theater from Florida Atlantic University in 1979, taught acting and speech in South Florida before moving to Jensen Beach last year. Originally from Miami, Hope-Levin was president of the drama club when she was a student at Palmetto High School. Although she acted and directed,, she majored in elementary education at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. "I've always been in love with the theater, but I knew I wanted to be in education," she said. So she combined the two. She has taught after-school drama workshops, and in the 1980s she organized a black box theater on Clematis Street in West Palm Beach where aspiring actors did scenes from Albee, Pinter and Tennessee Williams. "That was before Clematis was chic," she said. She also directed The Magic Flute at the Gold Coast Opera in Fort Lauderdale, taught theater at Palm Beach Community College and Broward Community College and art and humanities at Nova University. During her own studies, Hope-Levin auditioned for an internship at Sir Herbert Berghofs acting studio in Greenwich Village in New York City. "I did Blanche from A Streetcar Named Desire, not realizing that it was his wife, Uta Hagen's, signature role," she said. "But I did OK." Now Hope-Levin, who is a member of Actors Equity, enjoys the dramatic lecture format, in which she "becomes" a famous person. In 1997 she developed a dramatization of the life of French novelist and Resistance fighter Charlotte Delbo, which she presented in April at The Enduring Spirit, a woman's conference in Omaha, and at a cultural conference in Vienna in July. "She was an amazing person and a great literary figure whose work is now being translated into English," Hope-Levin said of Delbo. While she and her husband Herman Levin, a clinical psychologist, lived in Boynton Beach, a friend asked her to fill in and teach a speech class at Palm Beach Community College. "At first I didn't want to do it. It was the night after the Challenger exploded, and everyone was so sad," she said. Instead of using her theater training techniques, she asked the students just to express their feelings about the disaster. "The kids were terrified of that class, but it loosened them up," she said. Since then, Hope-Levin has taught thousands of students how to relax when speaking in public. 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