ST. ALBANS — The audience at the 39th Vermont Maple Festival Youth Talent Show filled nearly every seat.

The show lasted nearly three hours, including judging.

Multiple participants performed contemporary dances to a diverse song list ranging from Sting’s “Desert Rose” to a Japanese dance number.

Singing performances were similarly diverse, ranging from Patience Getty’s rendition of “Rainbow Connection,” from the 1979 Muppet Movie, to an original composition by Bellows Free Academy (BFA) St. Albans students Leah Branon and Ella Simmons.

Branon and Simmons called their song “When Stars Collide.”

Branon explained that the pair chose the metaphor of a stellar collision to represent their friendship.

Branon sang and played box percussion. Simmons sang and played the ukulele.

Jorja Sutton performed a ballet dance and two of the younger participants tap danced.

Two participants played classical symphonies on piano.

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