The Darien Arts Center has named the 21 finalists from Darien and neighboring towns who will compete in Darien’s Got Talent 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 at darienarts.org. VIP tickets are $125 and include center section seating and entry to the post show party. Many family sponsorship options are available at darienarts.org. Darien High School is located at 80 High School Lane. For more information, call 203-655-8683. The DAC is a nonprofit organization, which offers educational programming in dance, visual arts, theatre and music, as well as special events and live theatre productions by DAC Stage. The Darien Arts Center is located at 2 Renshaw Road in Darien, behind the Town Hall.