‘Chautauqua’s Got Talent’ Holds Second Round Of Competition

The ninth annual “Chautauqua’s Got Talent” competition, co-presented by Big Time Productions and The Post-Journal, presented its second week of performances by 20 contestants at The Spire Theater on Monday. P-J photo by Gavin Paterniti

In spite of a contestant pool that has been narrowed to an even 20 performances, contestants performing in this year’s “Chautauqua Got Talent” are proving that this year’s contest will be no cake walk.

The second week of competition served as a continuation of the wide variety of talents that had been on display in the previous Monday’s opening night including singing, various dance styles, and performances on guitars, keyboards, ukuleles and an electronic drum set. Each act was allowed 120 seconds to show off their talent, and were then judged by a panel of five judges: Ylsa Maj, Jamie Lee, Steve Davis, Heather Skuggen and Paul Clemente. Each audience member was asked to vote for their Top 10 selections.

Maj, who is also a co-producer of the program, noted that the quality of performances have increased as the contestants become more comfortable with the stage and around each other.

“What I enjoyed about Week Two the most is that we’ve gotten a chance to get to know the contestants better,” Maj said. “A lot of them have met with us throughout the past week for mentoring sessions. We help them develop their act, technique and stage presence and then they start to develop more confidence, which then translates to a better camaraderie back stage. I really like to see that kind of shift in energy when the show gets to this stage. Things start taking on a momentum and it’s always exciting to see these young kids develop their skills within a nice community that they can then go out and hone when they move on from this competition.”

Results were tallied at the end of the evening and will be announced in Wednesday’s edition of The Post-Journal. The contestants appearing in this week’s competition were Angel Rodriguez, Kayle Dean, Leisha Arthurs, Brandon Callender, Mia Rowe, Ayrianna Brady, Jubal Samuelson, the husband-wife duo of Jeana and Jesse Wolf, Jillian VanHouten, Jackie Bielata, Karle Christoph, Dylan Carlson, Jayla Brock, Ryanne Smith, Amanda Forbes, Avryiana Atwater, Miranda Wilcox, Olivia Gren, Devin Bielata and Yadilex Mareara.

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. There are three remaining rounds of competition, which will be held each of the following Mondays at 7 p.m. and will conclude on Monday, April 9 — the program will skip over Monday, April 2, as that is the day directly following Easter Sunday. The host of this year’s competition is local comedian Jeremy Little.

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.

This year, being the contest’s ninth consecutive run, the grand prize will be $900 and studio time with Ron Wheeler at Impact Sound Co. and Lost Recording Studio, coming soon to downtown Jamestown. Wheeler is also running sound production for this year’s competition.

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 spiretheater.org. 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 this year’s “Chautauqua’s Got Talent” competition, contact The Spire Theater at 450-7357, or by email at jamestownspire@gmail.com.