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Finalists Announced for Darien's Got Talent!

posted May 22, 2018, 6:22 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated May 23, 2018, 7:17 AM ]

We are happy to announce the finalists for Darien's Got Talent 2018! 

21 finalists from Darien and neighboring towns will compete on June 23rd at 7 p.m. at Darien High School. Auditions for the fundraiser took place on May 19 and 20 in the DAC Weatherstone Studio, with over 80 contestants of all ages, auditioning for the preliminary judges. Auditioning acts included singers, dancers, musicians, comics and theatrical performers. The chosen finalists will move on to compete for cash prizes in front of a live audience and a panel of accomplished entertainment professionals in the finals show.

The finalists for Darien’s Got Talent in the adult category are: Benedetta Cordaro; Marianna DiMeo; Tom Giles; Grace Herbert; Ryan Pappolla; Christian Rottner; Erick Sanchez; Isabelle Seeman, William Shubeck; and Riley Wells. Finalists in the children’s category are: Caroline Donnelly and Noa Durocher-Pyun; Intempo Ensemble; Shannon Flaherty; Sophie Gilbert, Elle Mitrano and Isabelle Hole; Anton and Joseph Klettner; Samantha Lundstrom; Milana Melnick; Mia Petruzzo; Mia and Kai Sparks; Natalie Treacy; and Cary Wang.

Local actor and entertainer, Raymond G. Michaud will act as Master of Ceremonies for Darien’s Got Talent, and accomplished musician and composer Chris Coogan is musical director. Director Carole Claps returns to lead the production. The Darien Sport Shop, Dr. Rhett Drugge, ERI Builders, Dana Fead, Realtor, Maplewood, Moffly Media, David Osherow, DDS, Palmer's Market, The Pawprint Market, Ring’s End, and Andrew Stefanou Salon and Spa generously sponsor the DAC fundraiser.

Tickets for Darien’s Got Talent are $35. VIP tickets are $125 and include center section seating and entry to the post show party. Many sponsorship options are available through links below. For more information, call (203) 655-8683. Darien High School is located at 80 High School Lane. 

CONGRATS to all finalists and a big THANK YOU to all who auditioned!



Raymond G. Michaud Announced as M.C. for Darien’s Got Talent

posted Apr 26, 2018, 3:17 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Apr 26, 2018, 3:18 PM ]

Veteran actor, singer and entertainer, Raymond G. Michaud has been announced as Master of Ceremonies for Darien’s Got Talent, our talent competition taking place on June 23rd. This popular community event features cash prizes for adults and children, and entertainment professionals as judges for auditions and finals. 20 finalists will compete for top prizes in front of a live audience at Darien High School. Auditions for the competition are open to all ages and contestants are not required to live in Darien, but must register to audition at darienarts.org by May 11th.

A Wilton resident, Raymond G. Michaud is a member of the Actors Equity Association (AEA); Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA). A professional journeyman actor and singer for over 30 years, Michaud has performed across the U.S. in plays, musicals and cabaret acts. His professional acting work also includes feature films, corporate and educational videos, and voice-overs. In Connecticut, he’s performed at Hartford Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, Stamford’s Palace Theatre and Rich Forum, Westport Country Playhouse, Norma Terris/Goodspeed at Chester and the Edgerton Centre for the Performing Arts. He is co-founder of Falcon Repertory Company, a small professional theatre and film company based in Fairfield County, and is an emeritus member of the Theatre Artists’ Workshop. Musically, he performs with the rock and roll cover band Old School as guitarist and lead singer.

Raymond shared his enthusiasm for his new role at the DAC’s fundraising event, "I’m proud to be MC'ing this year’s event. Darien’s Got Talent consistently has been one of the best community events and has showcased some truly gifted performers of all ages in many different performing arts over the last few years. I look forward to working with the DAC’s production crew and meeting this year’s group of talent.”

Registration remains open at darienarts.org until May 11 for auditions that will be held on May 19 and 20 at the DAC Weatherstone Studio. Contestants of all ages can enter the competition alone or as part of a group, to sing, dance, play an instrument or perform any other talent. Acapella groups, garage bands and dance ensembles are welcome. Residency in Darien is not required to audition. Cash prizes will be awarded for the top three adult and top three children winners, for a total of six prizes awarded. Prizes include: Adults 1st place $1000, 2nd place $750, and 3rd place $500, Children’s 1st Place $750, 2nd Place $500, and 3rd Place $250. Registration fee to audition is $35.

For more information about sponsorship of Darien’s Got Talent, a DAC fundraiser, call (203) 655-8683. 


Jeffrey Wyant to Judge DAC Smartphone Photo Contest, Pic Darien

posted Apr 13, 2018, 8:54 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Apr 13, 2018, 8:55 AM ]

We are happy to announce that award-winning photographer, filmmaker and TV producer Jeffrey Wyant will judge our 2018 Smartphone Photo Contest, Pic Darien. This is the third year for the photo contest, which garnered over 300 entries in 2017. Contestants may submit their smartphone photos for cash prizes in 6 categories until May 16th. Photos do not need to be taken in Darien. The contest is open to all; there are no age restrictions and contestants are not required to live in Darien.

Jeffrey Wyant is an award-winning photographer, filmmaker and TV producer. He has written and directed over 200 national TV commercials and has produced daily and weekly TV shows, as well as top-rated syndicated specials, including “Don’t Ask Me, Ask God”, a show with over 16 million viewers. Wyant’s clients have included Showtime, Hearst Communications, BET, ABC/Disney Home Entertainment, RCA Records, The Humane Society of the United States and KOCH Entertainment (now Entertainment One). His documentary coverage of Afghan refugees raised $500,000 for Doctors Without Borders and his productions have won gold, silver, and bronze medals at the New York International Film Festival, in addition to other awards. As a volunteer, Wyant has also generously photographed events for the Darien Arts Center. He will judge the Pic Darien contest blindly, without the identity of the contestants.

Wyant commented, “Smartphones make it easier than ever to take many okay pictures, but Pic Darien celebrates the people behind their smartphones, whose special vision makes rare, truly-great photographs. I am always fascinated about how, in a fraction of a second, some smartphone photographers can capture not just a moment in time, but their unique impactful views of life and the world. I encourage everyone to share their visions, as captured on their smartphones, at Pic Darien.”

Participants may enter Pic Darien either as a student (ages 17 and under) or as an adult (ages 18 and over) in one of six themed prize categories including People and Pets, Landscape and Nature, Travel: Near and Far, Food, Humor and Abstract. Fee to enter the contest is $10 per photo. Contestants may enter multiple times. First place and honorable mention cash prizes will be awarded to students and adults in all categories. First place prizes are $100 and honorable mention prizes are $50.

Nola Physical Therapy and Performance, E.C. Scott, Blue Wave Taco, Blue Wave Orthodontics, Big Shots Custom Framing and Photolab, and Beautycounter generously sponsor Pic Darien. An Award and Reveal Reception open to the public, with refreshments and a slide show of all photo contest entries, will take place at the DAC Weatherstone Studio on Friday, June 1st. For questions, call (203) 655-8683.


Chris Coogan Returns as Musical Director For Darien's Got Talent

posted Apr 12, 2018, 8:48 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Apr 12, 2018, 8:54 AM ]

Register to Audition Until May 11th.    

Accomplished composer, pianist and choir director, Chris Coogan returns as musical director for Darien’s Got Talent, our talent competition taking place on June 23rd. This popular community event features cash prizes for adults and children, and entertainment professionals as judges for auditions and finals. 20 finalists will compete for top prizes in front of a live audience at Darien High School. 

Coogan, a multi-talented entertainer whose career reflects his passion for jazz and gospel music, brings his own indisputable musical talent to the DGT finals show. He has lead the Chris Coogan Quartet for 10 years and has performed as a jazz musician with the late Sal Salvador, Bette Midler, Donna Summer, Paul Newman, Whoopie Goldberg, Jo Ann Woodward, Alec Baldwin, Gene Wilder, Larry Coryell, Dave Liebman, Harold Danko, Ronnie Spector, James Naughton and Phoebe Snow. He has also arranged for Teo Maceo, producer for the late Miles Davis. He has appeared on television’s Celebrity Jeopardy and the Arsenio Hall Show, and has performed at Manhattan’s Blue Note and the Montreaux Jazz Festival. Coogan is also a successful choral director, writer and arranger of gospel music. He founded the good News Gospel Choir in 1993, a 50-voice, multi-denominational singing group that performs on weekends at churches, festivals, fundraisers and community events.

2018 marks the fourth year that Coogan will be lending his support and talent to contestants of all ages at Darien’s Got Talent. Registration remains open until May 11 for auditions that will be held on May 19 and 20 at the DAC Weatherstone Studio. Contestants of all ages can enter the competition alone or as part of a group, to sing, dance, play an instrument or perform any other talent. Acapella groups, garage bands and dance ensembles are welcome. Residency in Darien is not required to audition. Cash prizes will be awarded for the top three adult and top three children winners, for a total of six prizes awarded. Prizes include: Adults 1st place $1000, 2nd place $750, and 3rd place $500, Children’s 1st Place $750, 2nd Place $500, and 3rd Place $250. Registration fee is $35.

For more information about sponsorship of Darien’s Got Talent, a DAC fundraiser, call (203) 655-8683. 


Support Our All-Female Production of Cabaret through The Impact Vine

posted Mar 13, 2018, 12:43 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Mar 13, 2018, 12:43 PM ]

DAC Stage is seeking funding through The Impact Vine, an initiative founded by the Community Fund of Darien, for its spring production of Cabaret. The Impact Vine is an online giving platform that allows donors to support projects they are passionate about, and local nonprofits to raise funds for socially impactful projects in the community. DAC Stage, in collaboration with The Lipstick Project, is producing the first ever all-female cast of Kander and Ebb’s musical. The show opens on April 27, 2018 and run three weekends at the Darien Arts Center’s Weatherstone Studio.

The DAC must rely on fundraising, as tuition and ticket sales do not cover yearly operating expenses. Despite the higher costs involved in producing a musical, we see the value it will bring to the community. In striving to keep members of the community engaged and entertained, our production of Cabaret will employ 6 musicians, a sound technician and a choreographer while engaging a cast and crew of over 40 volunteers. Potential audience numbers may reach upwards of 800 people.

Donations will help pay for musical direction, musicians and costuming required for the production. DAC Stage is hoping the Town of Darien will support this initiative and attend the show, and is seeking $3100 in funding.

Cabaret debuted on Broadway in March 1998 and had a successful six-year run. It has had a revival, been made into a movie, and has been played in community theaters all over the country. The DAC’s production of Cabaret will be the first time it has been produced with an all-female cast! The DAC’s partner for this production, The Lipstick Project, is an all-female acting troupe from Darien and surrounding towns.

All supporters investing $150 or more will be given a complementary ticket to their performance of choice, and will be acknowledged on the DAC website. Donators investing $250 or more will be given two complementary tickets, and will be acknowledged both on the website and in the show program. Donators investing $500 or more will be given four tickets, will be acknowledged on the website and in the show program, and will be serenaded by a cast member at their VIP prepared table. 

We encourage you to support our production and/or purchase tickets through the links below!

Support our production of Cabaret 


Ginny Wright Scholarship Applications Being Accepted

posted Mar 7, 2018, 7:16 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Mar 7, 2018, 7:17 AM ]

Applications are now being accepted for the Ginny Wright Scholarship, given in memory of Virginia Wright to a Darien High School senior who plans to continue his or her study of art in college.

Applications & portfolios are due April 5, 2018.

Applications are available in the link below.
For more information, call the DAC office at (203) 655-8683.

Ginny Wright Scholarship Application

Pictured is 2017 Ginny Wright Scholarship winner Courtney Lowe with her artwork.

Fiona in Paris

posted Mar 2, 2018, 6:14 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Mar 2, 2018, 6:24 PM ]

An Original Ballet Production  

March 17th & 18th, Noon & 3pm  
In the DAC Weatherstone Studio 

Fiona is geared toward a younger audience and all are welcome to attend. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are $10 for the show, which runs for approximately one hour.

For reservations, email Bonnie@darienarts.org or call the DAC office at (203) 655-8683.
Tickets will also be available at the door.

Register Now for Visual Arts Workshop for Adults

posted Feb 25, 2018, 10:23 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Mar 8, 2018, 7:38 AM ]

Plein Air Painting, for adults, Saturdays, 12-2pm, May 5 and May 12. A 2-day workshop at Weed Beach and Pear Tree Point in Darien. The fundamentals (proportion, values, color) will be explained and every level is welcome. A great hands-on experience for the artist who wishes to get out of the studio and enjoy the natural beauty of the Long Island Sound. $80. Register 



 

Cast announced for CABARET

posted Jan 23, 2018, 1:39 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Feb 6, 2018, 9:44 AM ]











We are happy to announce our all female cast of Cabaret!

CAST 
MC -  Julie-Thaxter-Gourlay 
Cliff -  Abigail Henderson 
Sally - Rachel Schulte 
Fraulein Schneider - Betty McCreedy 
Herr Shultz - Marilyn Olsen 
Fraulein Kost - Megan Kellogg 
Ernst - Shelley Lepetich 

Kit Kat Dancers 
Claire Kenny
Christina Kompar 
Ashley Mondestin (Bobby) 
Kelly Nayden 
Sarah Sherwood 
Grace Simmons 
Hilary Webster 
Justine Weisinger (Victor) 

Ensemble 
Dina Fleischman 
Susan Helms 
Angela Jackson (Max)
Holly Jespersen 
Amy Rissolo 
Amy Wade 

Congrats to all!
And many thanks to all who came to auditions!

NEW Full Time Office Manager Position Available

posted Jan 15, 2018, 6:44 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Feb 6, 2018, 3:51 PM ]






Strong Financial Reporting, Bookkeeping and Administrative Experience Needed

The Darien Arts Center is currently seeking an experienced, friendly, optimistic, articulate, self-motivated individual for a full time Office Manager position. Candidate must have strong interpersonal, organizational, computer and 5 plus years bookkeeping experience. Proficiency in project management, database management, QuickBooks, MS Excel, MS Outlook, MS Word a must. DAC promotes the arts to all ages, offering classes, recitals, and performances in Dance, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts. If you are an enthusiastic team player with an interest in supporting the arts please email your resume and cover letter to: resumes@darienarts.org. Application Deadline February 15, 2018. Rate of pay based on experience. Vacation benefits included. Health benefits not included.

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