After two full days of auditions and more than 75 contestants, the "Darien's Got Talent" judges have selected 18 finalists to compete for three top prizes at the live performance finals on Saturday, June 30, at 7 p.m. at the Darien Town Hall auditorium in front of a live audience. Prizes are $500 for first place, $250 for second place and $100 for third.

The judges were overwhelmed by the level of homegrown talent. With thumbs up from the producers, they increased the field from 15 to 18 finalists.

Darien Arts Center's "Darien's Got Talent" is a fundraising event for the nonprofit organization, which offers educational programming in dance, visual arts, theatre and music, as well as productions from its performing arts wing, the Darien Players and Cabaret Theatre.

Proceeds from the event, as well as private donations, tuition fees and ticket sales, go toward funding these creative endeavors and help to continue the ongoing efforts of the DAC.

The producers announced that Darien First Selectman Jayme Stevenson, Middlesex Middle School Principal Debi Boccanfuso and Darien High School's graduating senior Niya Wright have joined the roster to serve as the evening's masters of ceremonies.

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They also join a list of celebrity finals judges that include: Tony Award-winning producer Edwin Schloss; Sony executive John Doelp; former prima ballerina, Barbara Goldsmith; Juilliard alumna, and pianist for the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, Barbara Kolinsky; and Dan Micciche. a Broadway actor who has performed in "Chicago."

Tickets for the fundraiser on June 30 may only be purchased online at

Tickets are $35 for adults and $25 for children 12 and under. Premium seats, which include a champagne reception, are $75.

For more information, call 203-655-8683 or visit