Ninth Annual ‘Chautauqua’s Got Talent’ Underway

The ninth annual “Chautauqua’s Got Talent” competition, co-presented by Big Time Productions and The Post-Journal, kicked off at The Spire Theater on Monday with its first round of performances by 22 contestants. Singer Mia Rowe is pictured above. P-J photo by Gavin Paterniti

Strong performances by all 22 contestants in Week One of the ninth annual “Chautauqua’s Got Talent” have shown that this year’s contest will be no cakewalk.

Such were the observations made by the competition’s five-member judge panel during Monday’s opening round of the annual competition held at The Spire Theater, 317 E. Third St. Jamestown; however, the show must go on and somebody is going to have go home before Week Two commences next week.

The opening round of the five-week competition showcased a range of talents that included singing, various dance styles, and performances on guitars, keyboards, ukuleles and an electronic drum set. Each act was allowed 60 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.

“I’m really excited that we have a drummer this year, which is a first for us, and that we have a lot of great vocalists,” said Angelo Giuffre, co-owner of The Spire and “Chautauqua’s Got Talent” producer. “This is a fun group of kids, too, and they all seem to be getting along backstage. That makes it fun for everyone because it kind of becomes a family back there.”

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 year’s competition include Jackie Beilata, Ryanne Smith, Olivia Gren, Jayla Brock, Brandon Frederick Callender, Avryiana Atwater, Leisha Arthurs, Devin Bielata, Mia Raj, Jubal Samuelson, Mia Rowe, Karle Christoph, Kayle Dean, Angel Rodriguez, Ayrianna Brady, Mark Bailey, Jillian VanHouten, Miranda Wilcox, Yadilex Mareara, Dylan Carlson, Amanda Forbes and Jeana Wolf, who was accompanied by her husband, Jesse.

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 four remaining rounds of competition, which will be held each of the following Mondays at 7 p.m. and will conclude on Monday, April 2. 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 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