There were 21 acts in four different age groups and several genres of talent, and they were all more than enjoyable.
Green Mountain United Way held its 8th Annual Kaleidoscope of Talent show on Saturday, March 8th at the Spaulding High School Auditorium and it is always so amazing to be made of aware of the amount of talent that exists in our area. Kudos go out to all who performed.
The Overall Winner of the Show award went to Danielle Trottier who danced to “Roar” by Katy Perry.
First place in the Grades 2 to 8 category went to A Step Above dance group (Alyssa Atwood, Bethany Atwood, Sabrina Bean and Hanna Leslie) who danced to “River of Dreams.” Second place was awarded to Emily Grace Spaulding who sang “Over the Rainbow” by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harberg and accompanied by Terry Frey on the piano.
In the Grades 9 to 12 category, Trendsetterz Dance Krew (McKinley Pierce, Zoe Werth, Kate Flaherty, Sabean Needleman, Lylah Farr and Jenna Companion) won first place, with second place going to Carolyn and Shannon Adams, Celtic harpists, who played Maiden Eriskay by Carolyn Adams and Glenlivet.
In the adult class of ages 19 to 49, Tiffany Couture won first place for her rendition of “I Will Always Love You” by Dolly Parton. Second place was won by Fern Elliott who sang “Let It Go” by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.
First place in the final category of ages 50 and over was awarded to Arsenic & Old Lace (Lynn McKinney and Janet Whitlock) singing “Tell Him” by Linda Thompson, Walter Afansieff and David Foster and accompanied by Isaac James on piano. Second place went to Sister of Soul (Laurie Elliott-Giroux) who performed “Crazy” by Patsy Cline.
This annual show is not only a fundraiser for the local United Way, but also a venue for featuring local talent and giving each performer the opportunity to gain self-confidence in their abilities. GMUW promotes Education, Health, Income and Basic Needs for the people of northeastern Vermont. For more information, visit www.gmunitedway.org.