Star Acadie, a song contest in French for youth ages 10 to 19 years, has ‘‘turned into an amazing talent show with a real professional atmosphere!’’
That’s is how Lise Newell described the Star Acadie 2013 concert held in Tusket on Tuesday, Aug. 13. Newell, from Plymouth, Yarmouth County, was one of the organizers of the first Star Acadie concert in 2011.
‘‘The sound and lights add to the performances. It surely helps the singers feel like they're superstars and that's what it's all about’’ added Newell.
For her part, Rebecca d’Entremont said that she was ‘‘honoured to have won the competition. Events like this makes me so proud to be bilingual. All my hard work has paid off. I love performing. The stage has become a second home to me.’’
As winner of first place among the 15-19 year olds d’Entremont received $500. She participated in the two previous Star Acadie concerts winning second place in 2011.
The other winners in the 15-19 category and the amounts won were: Melony Fitzgerald, second place ($250); Chelsea Nickerson, judges’ mention ($150) and best original song ($200) and Megan Cottreau, people’s choice ($100).
The first place winner and the $500 prize in the 10-14 years old category was Maggie Amirault. Shane LeBlanc won second prize ($250) and the people’s choice ($100) while Cody Fitzgerald won a judges mention ($150).
Star Acadie coordinator and artistic director, Melissa Comeau, a musical education student with vocal emphasis at the Université de Moncton said that she is very pleased with the Star Acadie 2013 concert.
"I am very proud of all the participants and congratulate them on their performances’’, she said.
Organized by the Festival acadien international de Par-en-Bas, the competition showcases talented young singers from the Municipality of Argyle, as well as promotes Acadian and Francophone music in the area. Students from other municipalities attending a school in Argyle were also eligible to participate.
‘‘I thought having a previous winner (2012) like Rachel Surette emcee the show was a nice touch. She was enthusiastic and proud. I also very much liked having her, Corey Wilson (2011, 15-19 winner) and Megan Cottreau (2012, 10-14 winner) sing at the end the show’’ said Newell.
Newell has remained active as consultant to the student coordinator of Star Acadie and concluded, ‘‘I look forward to next year's show and am very proud of being part of this great program’’.
Star Acadie was financially supported by local sponsors who contributed over $7,000 towards the event.