Finalists chosen for Darien's Got Talent contest
After six months of planning, two full days of auditions, 77 acts and more than 100 contestants, the Darien's Got Talent preliminary judges selected 20 finalists to compete for three top prizes at the live performance on Saturday, June 29.
The finals will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Darien High School auditorium. Prizes are $1,500 for first place, $750 for second place and $500 for third place.
The finalists in the Darien Arts Center-sponsored event are Marin Amyotte, Jordan Cassetta, Emmanuel Couloucoundis, James Crafford, Jordan Darefsky, Katherine deHaas, Andrew Denicola, Matt Evans, Ava Ewing, Taylor Felt, Shannon Flaherty, Katharine Glassmeyer, Oliver Hare, Thomas Ice, Chris Jansen, Eli Koskoff, Mira Lena, Antonia Packard, Harold J. Sauer, Johnny Shea, Haley Strom, Henry Thomas, William Trautmann, Jeanette Vecchione-Donatti, Ming Wu, Grey Chandler Zeigler and Chloe Zhou.
Judging the finals will be Broadway producer Ed Schloss; former prima ballerina Barbara Goldsmith; Broadway director BT McNicholl; Los Angelese talent agent Ceci Kurzman; and award-winning composer Cristina Spinei. The evening's emcee is Matthew Poretta.
Directing the production is Carole Claps. Chris Coogan is music director. Executive producers are Patty Mozingo and Catherine McNear. Producers include Mary Crawford, Anne Wright, Pat Atkin, Carol Glassmeyer, Pam Heckel and Cathy Thomas.
Darien's Got Talent is a fundraising event for the DAC, a nonprofit organization, which offers educational programming in dance, visual arts, theater and music, as well as special events and live theater productions by DAC Stage.
Proceeds from the event, as well as private donations, grants, tuition fees and ticket sales, go toward funding those creative endeavors and help continue the ongoing efforts of the DAC.
The sponsors include Baywater Properties; Bank of America; Grove Street Plaza; Halstead Property; Mercedes-Benz of Greenwich; Nielsen's; Dr. David Osherow, Orthodontist; Palmer's Market; SBD Kitchens LLC; and Andrew Stefanou Salon & Spa.
Tickets are $35 for adults and $20 for students and children. Premium seating is $125 and includes the pre-event reception. Tickets can only be purchased at arts.darien.org. For additional information, call 203-655-8683.