Auditions Are Set For ‘Chautauqua’s Got Talent’

The Spire Theater entrance. P-J file photo

Performing artists of all types are called to The Spire Theater to audition for the tenth annual “Chautauqua’s Got Talent” competition Monday.

Beginning at 7 p.m., auditions will be held over a single session at the theater, where contest hopefuls are invited to display their talents before a panel of judges.

Co-presented by The InSpire Development Center, Kiss FM, 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.

In years’ past, the cash prize awarded to the “Chautauqua’s Got Talent” champion has been $500 — $900. This year, being the contest’s 10th consecutive year, the grand prize will be $1,000, along with other gifts

Another unique aspect to this contest is 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.

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.

Pre-registration is not mandatory, but if performers wish to do so to avoid waiting in line on the day of auditions, they can pre-register by clicking on the signup button on the Chautauqua’s got Talent Facebook page and filling out the form. If hopefuls are unable to attend the audition, there is an option to send in a video audition through the sign up button any time up until midnight Tuesday.

This year’s “Chautauqua Got Talent” competition will be held at the Spire Theater on five consecutive Mondays, starting on March 4th and ending on April 1st. Each competition round will begin at 7 p.m. on its respective date.

Presale tickets to individual shows are $10, and are available for purchase online at www.inspirejamestown.com A pass to attend all five competition nights is also available at the for $40. Individual tickets on performance nights are available at the door for $11.

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 Angelo Giuffre at 450-7357, or by email at inspirejamestown@gmail.com.