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Youth Talent Show

Updated: Feb 17

Sponsored by Peoples Trust Company

Friday, April 26, 2024 at 7 PM

Location: Bellows Free Academy Performing Arts Center, 71 S Main Street, St. Albans, VT

Tickets can be purchased at the Exhibit Hall(St. Mary’s Parish center) or at the door.

Admission: $7.00 Adults  $5.00 12 and under

The Vermont Maple Festival Youth Talent Show is open to all students in the State of Vermont. The Show awards over $2000 in scholarships to the participants. The Show prides itself on a student focused event, empowering the youth to prepare and perform their talent independently with the support of our professional and supportive staff to guide them through the event. Judges are professionals in their field and provide impartial and fair adjudication and are not connected to performers. The rules are provided on this site as is the current application. All applications are due by March 1st with preliminary auditions to be scheduled up to a month before the show. The Director will contact performers and or their parents to confirm auditions. Please contact our Director, Melissa Belrose at or 802-393-4373 with any questions


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Scholarship/Award Criteria

Rick Manahan Community Scholarship Award $500

On behalf of Peoples Trust Company, this award is presented in memory of Rick Manahan, a vital member, mentor, and beloved friend of the Franklin County community for many years until he passed away unexpectedly in 2010. Rick believed there is no better place to live, work, and play than Franklin County and that the strength, capacity, and talents of its members, and particularly its youth, is limitless. Rick saw the potential for greatness in everyone, and he continues to inspire the best in all of us.

Participant should demonstrate the following criteria to be considered for the award:

  • Exudes confidence, personality, and heart in their performance

  • Demonstrates clear passion and enjoyment for their talent

  • Performance displays great potential for future success

  • Inspires feelings of pride in the talents demonstrated by our community

Rick Manahan Community Scholarship Award Recipient: Joshua Garrant singing “The Cat Came Back”

Ducham Children Memorial Award


It should be understood by the Judges that the “HIGHEST” of standards should be used in Awarding this Plaque.

The following “CRITERIA” will be used to determine the winner:

  • He/She shall be a CATEGORY winner (single or member of a group).

  • He/She shall possess a true and identifiable Performing Art Talent.

  • He/She shall display AUDIENCE APPEAL.

  • He/She shall possess the quality of SHARING through Talent.


This award was created in 1983 by the Vermont Maple Festival Council to honor the memory of Johnette, David and John Ducham, who perished in a fire on March 8, 1983. The Ducham children had been participants in the Talent Show since its inception four years earlier. Johnette “Sissy” was a first place winner in 1982.

So, the Council, in appreciation of their varied musical talents, thought it most appropriate to honor the Ducham children in this manner.

Ducham Children Memorial Recipient: Bug Galuszka singing and playing guitar Original Song “Trees”

Director’s Award in memory of Cecile Laroche $300.00

Mrs. Laroche was a longtime supporter of the show and a champion for the young talented youth in our community. She worked so hard to get the financial support the show needed for many many years. It was an honor to work with her and even more of an honor to take her seat on the board per her request.

On behalf of the Vermont Maple Youth Talent Show this award was developed to recognize a performer or group of performers that meets the following criteria:

  • The performer shows commitment to their talent as evidenced by their preparation for their audition, performance and work at dress rehearsal as well as their performance at the show. The recipient does not need to place within their division to show growth through this process or to be considered for this award.

  • The performer displays respect and support of all contestants, talent show staff and the talent of all involved in the show.

  • The performer shows a passion for the arts and the potential for continued growth with the opportunity that this money can afford them.

Cecile LaRoche Memorial Director’s Award: Dilynn Martin Contemporary Dance “Love is Pain”

Division Winners

Division I

1st Place: Anna Winters, Oliva Garrow, Amelia Jarvis “Hip Hop Dance 1981”

2nd Place: Talia and Ellie Raiche Singing/Duet

3rd Place:

Ava Klauzenberg  Jazz dance “Lips are Movin’”

Division II

1st Place: Avery Edelson, Talia Brunelle, Ruth Eastman, Lillian Hungerford, Ellie Willey Musical Theater Dance  “Chicago Illinois”

2nd Place: Molly Halbach and Ella Hosack - Jazz Dance to “Trouble” Picture

3rd Place: Layla Hamlin - Lyrical Dance “The Sun is Rising” picture

Division III

1st Place: Kambree Larose - Open Dance “What Hides Behind to Smile”

2nd Place : Karissa Lynch - Lyrical Dance “Oblivion”

3rd Place: Anna Willey - Contemporary Dance “Love”

Division IV

1st Place: Bug Galuszka - Vocal/Guitar  Original Song: “Trees”

2nd Place: Dora Gagne, Cora Gagne, Annabelle Garrant, Julia Larson, Evelyn Larson –Vocal Group -song  “Skye Boat”

3rd Place: North Heros Band Kaiden Prim, Caleb Ploor, Connor Byers, Henry Tanner Original Song – “Highway Unknown”


Scholarship Sponsors

Peoples Trust Company, MED Associates, VBK Law VT, Routine Nutrition, 123 Insurance, Dickenson Branon Dental, O.C. McCuin & Sons,  TDH Septic Design PLC, Hickok & Boardman Insurance Group, Desorcie’s Market, St. Albans Rotary, Vermont Maple Festival, Branon Family Maple Orchards, LLC


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