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Join Us at Family Fun Day, September 29th

posted Sep 21, 2018, 4:41 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Sep 21, 2018, 4:41 AM ]

We are participating in the DDAC (Darien Domestic Abuse Council) and YWCA Family Fun Day at Hindley School on Saturday, September 29th from 1-4pm. DAC Visual Arts Director Emily Altman is preparing for the event, where the DAC will have a table for complimentary pumpkin painting and a caricaturist drawing free pictures from 1-3 p.m., with a drawing for a free full color caricature at 3pm. Net proceeds from Family Fun Day will support awareness, educational, and prevention initiatives in Darien. Proceeds will also fund victim services provided by the Domestic Violence Crisis Center and the Center for Family Justice and a newly established fund called “Wings of Hope”. 

Join us for some family fun!

Martial Arts Classes Begin September 4th

posted Aug 29, 2018, 7:53 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Aug 29, 2018, 7:56 PM ]

Martial Arts classes for ages 3 1/2 through adults begin on September 4th & include beginner, intermediate & advanced classes, including Little Dragons for ages 3 1/2 -5, an adult drop-in class, a teen class, the Black Belt Club and a Kung Fu class. Instructors include Joe Kiley and Masters Jamie and Bonnie Gombos. 

See all martial arts offerings and register through the links below. For more information, call (203) 655-8683.

Dance Classes Start September 4th

posted Aug 27, 2018, 5:39 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Sep 10, 2018, 9:56 AM ]

Dance classes for all ages begin on September 4th and are open now for registration. Classes include ballet, tap, hip hop, jazz, modern, contemporary Broadway dance & more for ages 3 through adults. Experience one of the best dance spaces in Fairfield county at one of the largest dance programs in CT, under the direction of our beloved Dance Director Bonnie Gombos. See all dance offerings and register through the links below. For more information, call (203) 655-8683.



For ages 8-15: Auditions on Sept. 5th for BROADWAY BEAT

posted Aug 2, 2018, 6:00 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Aug 7, 2018, 11:04 AM ]

Ages 8-15 can reserve a spot now to audition for BROADWAY BEAT, a musical revue featuring music from Hairspray, Grease, The King and I, Wicked, Rent, The Music Man & more! 

Auditions on September 5.
Rehearsals, Mondays, 6-7pm, beginning September 10 through November 5. Tech and Performance November 9-10 in the DAC Weatherstone Studio.

$325 plus $35 registration fee

To book your audition slot for Sept. 5, email DAC Theatre Program Director, Maria Pizzarello at maria@darienarts.org. For more info, call (203) 655-8683.

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


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