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Rising Stars: The Performers of the Spectacular Spectacular Talent Show


Published December 5, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.

Back in 2014, Kids VT marketing and events director Corey Grenier proposed an idea. Grenier, who grew up participating in dance recitals and talent shows in Rhode Island, thought it would be fun to give talented Vermont kids the opportunity to perform in front of a large audience on the Higher Ground stage. The rest, as they say, is history. On Saturday, December 9, Kids VT presents our fourth annual Spectacular Spectacular talent show in the Higher Ground Ballroom. Through the years, we've loved seeing repeat performers — like rock-and-rollers Carter and Brody McGuire, who first took the stage at ages 5 and 6, and are back for a fourth consecutive year, this time with younger brother, Liam, and their friend, Marianna Webb. And we're always eager to see the new singers, dancers, musicians and other hopefuls who show up for tryouts every November. This year, we're thrilled to have professional Masters of Ceremony Enoch and Woodhead hosting the show for the first time ever.

Here are six of the 20 acts taking the stage. We think you'll agree that their star power is undeniable.

Visit kidsvt.com/spectacularspectacular for a link to buy tickets for this year's show!

Sydney Benjamin, 12, Waterbury

Doing gymnastics to "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and "Turn Down for What" by DJ Snake and Lil Jon

Who inspires you?
Gymnast Laurie Hernandez

Favorite food?

Favorite TV show?

Favorite hobbies?
Doodling and crafting


Brody McGuire, 10; Carter McGuire, 9; Liam McGuire, 8, Vergennes; and Marianna Webb, 10, Waltham

Singing and playing guitar, drums and keyboard to "Fooled Around and Fell in Love" by Elvin Bishop

Who inspires you?
Brody: My mom and dad
Carter: Other kid bands
Liam: Jacques Cousteau
Marianna: My mom

Favorite performer?
Brody: Myself
Carter: Angus Young
Liam: Dave Grohl
Marianna: Jake Paul

Favorite food?
Brody: Everything except baked ziti
Carter: French fries
Liam: Buffalo wings
Marianna: Ice cream


Cristo Buckley, 11, Manchester

Singing "Wrecking Ball" by Miley Cyrus

What makes you laugh?
"Try not to laugh" videos

Favorite TV show?
"The Voice"

Who inspires you?
Kelly Clarkson, Andra Day and Alicia Keys

Singing, tennis and skiing


Andre Redmond, 5, Burlington

Singing "I Want You Back" by the Jackson 5

Who inspires you?
My family

What makes you laugh?

Favorite movie?
Happy Feet

Favorite place in Vermont?
Jay Peak


Sophie Frost, 9, and Addie Baker, 9, Hinesburg

Singing "Stereo Hearts" by Gym Class Heroes

What makes you laugh?
Sophie: Addie
Addie: Sophie

Favorite place in Vermont?
Sophie: Al's French Frys
Addie: Lake Morey

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Sophie: Scientist
Addie: Marine biologist/astronomer


Faith Holzhammer, 13; Joy Holzhammer, 13; Jeremy Holzhammer, 9, Orwell

Singing and playing guitar and drums to a Beatles mashup

What makes you laugh?
Faith: My brother
Joy: My brother's self-styling hair
Jeremy: Dr. Who

Favorite food?
Faith and Jeremy: Tacos
Joy: Cheesecake

Favorite performer?
Faith: Led Zeppelin
Joy: David Bowie
Jeremy: Josh Dun from Twenty One Pilots

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