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Winners of Darien's Got Talent Announced!

posted Jun 25, 2018, 9:51 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Jun 25, 2018, 9:52 AM ]

In an unprecedented showcase of talent, twenty-one finalists from Darien and neighboring towns gave it their all onstage, in our June 23rd fundraiser, Darien’s Got Talent. Competing acts from Darien, Westport, Norwalk, Stamford, New Canaan, Trumbull, Port Chester, South Salem, Bridgeport and Greenwich included singers, dancers, and musicians that awed both the audience at Darien High School and the panel of judges, making the selection of winners a difficult one.

Accomplished entertainment judges included Jane Bergère, Pat Gorman, Carolyn Paine, Ereka Vetrini and Chloe Bodt Sasson. After much deliberation, six winners were chosen from the adult and children’s categories. A People’s Choice Award was given to the finalist with the most online votes in the online portion of the fundraiser.

Tom Giles took 1st place in the adult category for his original piano composition, Skedaddle. 2nd place for the adults went to Grace Herbert for her ukulele and vocal performance of Percy Mayfield’s Hit the Road Jack, and Erick Sanchez took third place for his operatic performance of Questa a Quella by composer Giuseppe Verdi. Nine year old Cary Wang took first prize in the children’s category for his piano performance of Brillante, Op. 34, No.3 and brothers Anton and Joseph Klettner received 2nd place for their violin and piano duet of Freddie Mercury’s Don’t Stop Me Now. Third place in the children’s category was awarded to Mia and Kai Sparks for their piano duet of Le Pas Espanol, Op. 56, No. 6. Isabelle Seeman received the DAC’s People Choice Award.

Seasoned director, Carole Claps orchestrated the evening’s performances seamlessly, with the skillful help of Chris Coogan as musical director and Raymond G. Michaud as Master of Ceremonies. During the judges deliberations, a slideshow of entries from the DAC’s smartphone photo contest, Pic Darien was screened. Executive Director Amy Allen thanked sponsors, producers and the crowd for their support, and invited all to enjoy the Darien Arts Center’s offerings.

150 guests, including sponsors, winners and judges attended the exclusive post show party, Darien’s Got Taste, enjoying outstanding cuisine, entertainment by pianist and Darien High School 2018 graduate Jonathan Kim and celebrating with winners. Donors to Darien’s Got Taste included Atria, Aux Delices, Blue Wave Taco, Cesco’s, Chocolate Works, Crunch Fitness, Fisherman’s Net, Fjord Fisheries, Height’s Pizza, Meatball and Co., Michael Josephs, Scena Wine Bar, The Goose, Trader Joe’s, Uncle’s Deli and Whole Foods.

Baywater Properties, Maplewood, Shipman and Goodwin, Janney, The Darien Sport Shop, Dr. Rhett Drugge, ERI Builders, Dana Fead, Realtor, Moffly Media, David Osherow, DDS, Palmer's Market, The Pawprint Market, Ring’s End, Total Printing, Darien Athletic Foundation and Andrew Stefanou Salon and Spa generously sponsored the fundraiser, which supports the DAC’s efforts in providing unique opportunities for all ages in dance, visual arts, music and theatre. 

The “Queen of Broadway” To Judge Darien’s Got Talent on June 23rd

posted Jun 18, 2018, 1:16 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Jun 18, 2018, 1:22 PM ]

We've announced our stellar lineup of finals judges for Darien's Got Talent: Jane Bergère, Pat Gorman, Carolyn Paine, Ereka Vetrini and Chloe Bodt Sasson will judge the 21 talented finalists from Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Greenwich, Westport, Bridgeport, Port Chester and South Salem at the 7 p.m. finals show at Darien High School on June 23rd.

Producer Jane Bergère has been called “The Queen of Broadway” and rightfully so. The winner of multiple Tony awards as well as an Olivier award, Bergère will arrive to judge Darien’s Got Talent fresh from her Tony Award win for this year’s Angels in America. Her other Tony Awards include Hello Dolly! (2017 revival), Wolf Hall (2015), Kinky Boots (2013), La Cage Aux Folles, (2010 revival) Clybourne Park (2012), and Glengarry Glenn Ross (2005 revival). In addition to her work in New York, Bergère has also produced shows in London, Australia, Canada, and Korea.

Pat Gorman was in the original Broadway productions of Jesus Christ Superstar, Merlin, and Rockabye Hamlet. Her other Broadway credits include They’re Playing Our Song, Evita, and Zorba. She performed the role of the Countess in the role of Reno Sweeney in the 1987 Lincoln Center revival of Anything Goes and toured in the national companies of Zorba and 1776. Her regional credits include Getting My Act Together and Taking It On The Road, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Fiddler on the Roof.

Rounding out the list of judges are Carolyn Paine, Ereka Vetrini and Chloe Bodt Sasson. Carolyn Paine is an actress, dancer, and comedian who has appeared in various TV shows and national commercials, as well as regional and off-Broadway theatre productions. As a dancer and choreographer, she has worked and traveled internationally with pop stars and danced for ABC’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. Ereka Vetrini, the host of Lifetime’s Access Health, is also a regular contributor to NBC’s 1st Look and NY Live. Chloe Bodt Sasson has music directed or conducted for Equity, stock and regional theatre. She has worked with notable Broadway stars that include Michael McGrath, Sandra Joseph, Craig Schulman and Joy Franz, and has conducted charity events/galas with such celebrities as Alan Menken, Vanessa Williams, Paul Schaeffer, Richard Gere, and James Earl Jones.

Darien Arts Center Executive Director, Amy Allen says, “We are delighted to have such exceptional judges for Darien’s Got Talent. It’s going to be a fantastic evening with a variety of talent that will amaze. This is one evening that should not be missed.” Proceeds from the event support new and ongoing cultural events and programs offered at the DAC.

Baywater Properties, Maplewood, Shipman and Goodman, Janney, The Darien Sport Shop, Dr. Rhett Drugge, ERI Builders, Dana Fead, Realtor, Moffly Media, David Osherow, DDS, Palmer's Market, The Pawprint Market, Ring’s End, Total Printing and Andrew Stefanou Salon and Spa generously sponsor Darien's Got Talent

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 family sponsorship options are also available. Darien High School is located at 80 High School Lane. For more information, call (203) 655-8683.

DARIEN'S GOT TALENT Takes the Stage on June 23rd at Darien High

posted Jun 15, 2018, 12:39 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Jun 15, 2018, 12:40 PM ]

Darien’s Got Talent takes place at 7 p.m. on June 23rd at Darien High School. This fundraising event for the DAC features cash prizes for adults and children. Twenty-one finalists from around the area will compete before entertainment professionals who will judge the finals show, which drew an audience of 700 people in past years. Proceeds from the event support new and ongoing cultural events and programs offered at the DAC. 

In addition to competing on stage for cash prizes, contestants can compete to help raise money for the DAC. The public is encouraged to vote online as many times as they wish, for their favorite contestant(s) in order to elect the winner of the Darien’s Got Talent 2018 People’s Choice Award. The contestant with the most votes will be awarded the People’s Choice Award trophy at the conclusion of Darien’s Got Talent on June 23rd.

Voting for the recipient of the People’s Choice Award is open to all and will remain open until June 22nd. Cost per vote is $1, with a 5-vote minimum, and all proceeds from voting will support ongoing programs at the DAC. All finalists in the competition are eligible for the People’s Choice Award.


Finalists for Darien’s Got Talent and contenders for the 2018 People’s Choice Award are: 
Benedetta Cordaro (Trumbull); Marianna DiMeo (Greenwich); Tom Giles (Cos Cob); Grace Herbert (Port Chester); Ryan Pappolla (Norwalk); Christian Rottner (Norwalk); Erick Sanchez (Stamford); Isabelle Seeman (Darien), William Shubeck (Stamford); and Riley Wells (Westport), Caroline Donnelly and Noa Durocher-Pyun (Darien); Intempo Ensemble, consisting of Valeria Gomar, Sanicte Arriola, Emily Huyhua, Nathaly Huyhua, Emily Soraluz and Juana Levano (Stamford) ; Shannon Flaherty (Darien); Sophie Gilbert, Elle Mitrano and Isabelle Hole (Darien); Anton and Joseph Klettner (South Salem); Samantha Lundstrom (Bridgeport); Milana Melnick (Darien); Mia Petruzzo (Darien); Mia and Kai Sparks (Darien); Natalie Treacy (Darien); and Cary Wang (New Canaan).

Area businesses have contributed a stellar array of culinary delights to an exclusive after party, appropriately dubbed, Darien’s Got Taste. Entry to the party at the conclusion of Darien’s Got Talent, will be granted to VIP ticket holders and sponsors, who can enjoy the outstanding buffet of local cuisine, celebrate with the winners of the talent competition and listen to pianist and Darien High School 2018 graduate Jonathan Kim.

Donors to the Darien’s Got Taste celebration, which takes place in the Little Theatre at Darien High School, include Atria, Aux Delices, Blue Wave Taco, Cesco’s, Chocolate Works, Crunch Fitness, Fisherman’s Net, Fjord Fisheries, Height’s Pizza, Meatball and Co., Michael Josephs, Scena Wine Bar, The Goose, Trader Joe’s, Uncle’s Deli and Whole Foods.

Baywater Properties, Maplewood, Shipman and Goodman, Janney, The Darien Sport Shop, Dr. Rhett Drugge, ERI Builders, Dana Fead, Realtor, Moffly Media, David Osherow, DDS, Palmer's Market, The Pawprint Market, Ring’s End, Total Printing 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 family sponsorship options are also available. Darien High School is located at 80 High School Lane. For more information, call (203) 655-8683. 



Ginny Wright Scholarship Awarded

posted Jun 14, 2018, 1:01 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Jun 14, 2018, 1:01 PM ]

CONGRATULATIONS to Darien High School seniors Nadia Czebiniak and Cristina Canora! They were recently awarded the 2018 Ginny Wright Scholarship at the Award and Reveal Reception of the Pic Darien Smartphone Photo Contest by Steven Wright, Ginny Wright's son. The scholarship is given by the Darien Arts Center in memory of Virginia Wright to a Darien High School senior(s) who plans to continue his or her study of art in college.

Announcing the Winners of Pic Darien Smartphone Photo Contest!

posted Jun 12, 2018, 10:50 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Jun 12, 2018, 10:55 AM ]

We had 14 winners in our 3rd annual Smartphone Photo Contest, Pic Darien! First Place and Runner Up cash prizes in all categories were awarded to adults and children at a reception on June 1st in the DAC Weatherstone Studio. The contest garnered close to 400 entries in six categories, with submissions from all ages. 

Many thanks to DAC Board Member and Chairperson for the Pic Darien Photo Contest, Andrea Jackson and judge of the contest, award-winning photographer, filmmaker and producer, Jeffrey Wyant. (Pictured)







Winners are as follows:

Food category: 
Student Winner: Anya Napoli
Student Runner up: Anya Napoli
Adult Winner: Patricia Frattaroli
Adult Runner Up: Janine Vairo

Humor:
Student Winner: Ellie Mueller
Student Runner up: Rica Monaghan
Adult Winner: Patricia Frattaroli
Adult Runner Up: Tara Claps

Abstract:
Student Winner: Anna Passaretti
Student Runner up: Georgia Sheehan
Adult Winner : Julie O'Connor
Adult Runner Up: David Gioiella

People & Pets:
Student Winner: Georgia Sheehan
Student Runner up: Katie Walsh
Adult Winner: Susan Mackenzie
Adult Runner Up: Jackie Stoddard

Travel, Near & Far:
Student Winner: Harrison Slotkin
Student Runner up: Quinn Connolly
Adult Winner : Lee Smith
Adult Runner Up: Lee Smith
Adult Honorable Mention: Pam Lindberg

Landscape & Nature:
Student Winner: Matthew Taylor
Student Runner up: Robbie Gaaserud
Adult Winner : Chad Knight
Adult Runner Up: Lee Smith
Adult Honorable Mention: Diane Farrell

Award-winning photographer, filmmaker and producer, Jeffrey Wyant, judged the contest, a fundraiser, which was sponsored by Nola Physical Therapy and Performance, E.C. Scott, Blue Wave Taco, Blue Wave Orthodontics, Big Shots Custom Framing and Photolab, Beautycounter and Heights Pizza.

People’s Choice Vote Added to Darien’s Got Talent

posted Jun 7, 2018, 6:22 AM by Darien Arts Center

We've added a fun new way to be a winner in Darien’s Got Talent! In addition to competing on stage for cash prizes, contestants can now compete to help raise money for the DAC. The public is encouraged to vote online as many times as they wish, for their favorite contestant(s) in order to elect the winner of the Darien’s Got Talent 2018 People’s Choice Award. The contestant with the most votes will be awarded the People’s Choice Award trophy at the conclusion of Darien’s Got Talent, which takes place at 7 p.m. on June 23rd at Darien High School.

Voting for the recipient of the People’s Choice Award is open to all and will remain open until June 22nd. Cost per vote is $1, with a 5-vote minimum, and all proceeds from voting will support ongoing programs at the DAC. All finalists in the competition are eligible for the People’s Choice Award.

Finalists for Darien’s Got Talent and contenders for the 2018 People’s Choice Award are: Benedetta Cordaro; Marianna DiMeo; Tom Giles; Grace Herbert; Ryan Pappolla; Christian Rottner; Erick Sanchez; Isabelle Seeman, William Shubeck; and Riley Wells, 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.

Baywater Properties, Maplewood, Shipman and Goodman, Janney, The Darien Sport Shop, Dr. Rhett Drugge, ERI Builders, Dana Fead, Realtor, Moffly Media, David Osherow, DDS, Palmer's Market, The Pawprint Market, Ring’s End, Total Printing 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 family sponsorship options are also available.

 Darien High School is located at 80 High School Lane. For more information, call (203) 655-8683.

https://osmosvote.com/DAC/Darien's-Got-Talent-2018

http://www.darienarts.org/calendar-of-events/darien-s-got-talent-2018


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. 


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