Auditions Announced For Annual ‘Chautauqua’s Got Talent’

Auditions for the ninth season of “Chautauqua’s Got Talent” will be held at The Spire Theater, 317 E. Third St. in Jamestown, on Monday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. P-J file photo by Gavin Paterniti

County residents of all talents and trades are again welcome to participate in the countywide “Chautauqua’s Got Talent” competition.

It was announced recently that auditions for the ninth annual, five-week talent show will be held Monday, Feb. 19, at the Spire Theater, beginning at 7 p.m., when contest hopefuls are invited to display their talents before a panel of judges.

Co-presented by Big Time Productions and The Post-Journal, “Chautauqua’s Got Talent” offers Chautauqua area residents a unique opportunity to compete against one another using a variety of skills and abilities.

In addition to singers and musicians, the contest also encourages other types of entertainers, such as comedians, magicians and dancers, to perform in front of a live audience over a five-week period. The contest also welcomes groups as well as solo acts.

Last year’s winner was Elizabeth Lutgen, a young, largely self-taught violinist.

“Chatauqua’s Got Talent” will begin its five-week run March 5, and will conclude April 2. P-J file photo by Gavin Paterniti

Angelo Giuffre, producer and co-owner of The Spire, said he was encouraged to see an instrumentalist win the contest for the first time last year, and hopes the variety of talents displayed in the competition expand even further.

“Despite the fact that we’ve traditionally had vocalists compete and win, this is a variety show and we hope to see that diversity of talent continue,” Giuffre said. “Personally, I’d love to see some more stand-up comedy and dancing, and maybe a slam poet or a magician in this year’s competition.”

Another unique aspect is that contestants are given the rare opportunity to work privately with the seasoned professional performers, producers, and judges that make up the “Chautauqua’s Got Talent” production team to fine tune their craft. Giuffre said everyone is welcome to come and participate in the audition process, and nobody will be turned away from a shot at competing.

Auditioning hopefuls should come prepared to offer a sample of their talent for approximately one minute, and bring a parent or guardian if under 18. If hopefuls are unable to attend the audition, there is an option to send in a video audition by emailing a video file or YouTube link to any time up until midnight Tuesday, Feb. 20.

This year, being the contest’s ninth consecutive run, the grand prize will be $900, and Giuffre said he is looking into donations from local businesses to chip in for an additional prize for this year’s winner.

The contest will begin its five-week run Monday, March 5, and will conclude Monday, April 2. Each competition round will begin at 7 p.m. on its respective date.

Presale tickets to individual shows are $7, and are available for purchase through the Labyrinth Press Company, located at 10 E. Fourth St. in Jamestown, or online at A pass to attend all five competition nights is also available at the aforementioned locations for $30. Individual tickets on performance nights are available at the door for $9.

The Spire Theater is located at 317 E. Third St. in Jamestown. For more information on auditions, or this year’s “Chautauqua’s Got Talent” competition, contact The Spire Theater at 450-7357, or by email at