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Ones to Watch: The Kids of the "Spectacular Spectacular" Talent Show 

Published December 3, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

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In 2014, Kids VT came up with the idea of an annual community event that would showcase the talents of local kids. That December, our "Spectacular Spectacular" talent show was born. The event has proven it has staying power. On Saturday, December 7, we'll hold our sixth annual "Spectacular Spectacular" at Higher Ground in South Burlington. Doors open at noon and the show starts at 12:30 p.m.

We don't have room on these pages to show you all of the acts, so we're giving you a glimpse of six performing that day. Get tickets in advance for $7 at or buy them at the door for $10. Children 6 and under are free. Maybe we'll see your kids at auditions next year!

Bjorn Peterson, 11, Burlington

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Playing fiddle, with foot tapping, to traditional Québécois fiddle tunes "Reel St. Antoine" and "Reel de Mattawa"

Three words to describe your personality: Easy-going potato

Favorite place in Vermont: Smugglers' Notch and Get Air!

What you're proudest of: My cat

Future job: Chef

Your motto: Don't doodle when making hollandaise sauce.

Andre Redmond, 7, Essex Junction

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Singing "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye

Favorite place in Vermont: Jay Peak

Favorite food: Sushi and lobster

Future job: Singer

Who inspires you: My dad and uncle

Your motto: They go low, we go high.

Sophia Oszurek, 11, St. Albans

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Playing the piano to "Somewhere (There's A Place for Us)" from West Side Story

Three words to describe your personality: Funny, creative, playful

Favorite performer: Beethoven

What you're proudest of: When I make people happy

Favorite movie: Wonder

Your motto: Be friendly to everyone (but you don't have to be friends with everyone).

Gabriela Jordan, 9, St. Albans

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Playing fiddle to "Lilting Banshee," "Pop Goes the Weasel" and "Strawberries and Raspberries"

Three words to describe your personality: Smart, mature, artistic

Favorite performer: Freddie Mercury

Future job: Robotist

Favorite food: Cheeseburger

Where you've performed before: Fletcher Free Library in Burlington

Allison Roy, 12, Milton; Abby Lewellen, 12, St. Albans Town; and Karissa Lynch, 11, St. Albans Town (not pictured)

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Dancing to "A Magnificent Gray" by Slow Meadow

Three words to describe your personality:

Allison: Goofy, active, loving
Abby: Goofy, active, hyper
Karissa: Kind, energetic, friendly

Favorite food:

Allison: Spaghetti
Abby: Pizza
Karissa: Raspberries and brownies

Future job:

Allison: Home designer
Abby: Doctor or realtor
Karissa: Forensic scientist or dance teacher

Who inspires you:

Allison: My parents
Abby: My mom
Karissa: My mom and Mary Hondal

Bojan Harris, 12, Starksboro

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Dancing to "24K Magic" by Bruno Mars

Three words to describe your personality: Funny, ambitious, creative

Favorite food: Sushi

Favorite performer: Elvis Presley

Favorite place in Vermont: Shangri-La Farm in Starksboro

Your motto: Everything happens for a reason. Shoot for the stars.

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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About The Author

Alison Novak

Alison Novak

Alison is the former managing editor at Kids VT, Seven Days' parenting publication and writes about education for Seven Days.

About the Artist

James Buck

James Buck

James Buck is a multimedia journalist for Seven Days.


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