Chautauqua’s Got Talent Show Will Begin Monday
Chautauqua’s Got Talent has amped up its overall production — no pun intended.
The event begins Monday, and this year, the 10th anniversary of the vent, there will be a grand prize of $1,000.
According to Angelo V. Giuffre, event coordinator and director, said the production team has doubled. “We have invested a lot more time and preparation into the production this year,” Guiffre said. “We’ve double our production team, and there are a lot more people working behind the scenes to make it all run very smoothly and as many people from different walks as entertainment goes at the contestants? fingertips to help them to produce a better performance each week.”
The event is being held in The Spire Theater, inside the Inspire Development Center located on Fourth Street.
And Guiffre said the venue is the perfect place to hold talent event.
“It’s our home base and having unlimited access to the venue is very helpful for production and mentoring sessions with contestants. Also, The Spire theater is in the Inspire Development Center which has its name for a reason, it is a very inspirational place. There is something about the vibe in the complex. It is a place where people get inspired and create beautiful things.”
For the production, Guiffre said performers will bring whatever is needed for the show, and the production team is there to help. “If a performer needs an accompanyist, we can at least provide (one) or at least help them find one. We do have a house band, The In Crowd, that will perform on finale night. Members of The In Crowd will often make themselves available to help the performers if they so choose.”
Guiffre said every contestant has the opportunity to come in during the week between each round and work with professionals to improve the contestants’ craft. “In this contest they (contestants) get a lot of free services. They get free voice lessons, free dance instruction if that’s there talent. They get mentoring sessions. They get a lot of one-on-one work with people who have been doing whatever they do. We pair them with somebody in their field and there isn’t anyone who does mentoring who has less than 15, 20 years of experience.”
Guiffre said the competition is open to anything — from fire dancers to magicians to comedians and many musicians. There are judges, but Guiffre said, they don’t decide who moves on from round to round. “The judges have no say in who moves on or wins the contest their purpose is simply to offer their two cents for entertainment purposes, and contribute their expertise in between performances to help the contestants grow as performers. It’s solely up to the audience to decide who they want to see move on in the contest and eventually win based on whatever criteria they see fit.”
The first of five rounds begins Monday at 7 p.m., and will end on April 4. “This year’s lineup is one of the widest varieties of talent yet. Singers, instrumentalists, dancers, bands, stand-up comedians and more are represented in the contest,” Guiffre said. The contestanst range in ages from 10 to 71.
The constestants include Ayri Brady, Karle Christoph, Julie Rhoades Melissa Stockwell (TranscenDance), Kayla Malika, Jeana and Jesse Wolf, Samantha Joie Langworthy, Lydia Kushmaul, Quinten Jackson, Reiley Kolstee, Kings Express, Haylee Coulter, Anthony Morelli, Todd Wagner, Aaron and Boaz Mecham, Monica Buck, Novecia Utley, Meagan Avni, Taylor Beckwith, Miranda Wilcox, Donovan Gomez, Emma Lewis, Avryiana Conyer-Atwater, Katie Jackson, Gracelyn Kohler, Danielle Durstine, Danelle Donelson, Kayle Dean, Maia Davis, Colten Macri, Thomas Johnson, and Amanda Forbes.
Guiffre explained that each contestant will be given one minute to perform and win the audience’s vote to get a spot in the next round. The production will be in two acts, and will lasting about 2 hours with a brief intermission. “The concessional will be serving more food than in years past for folks who don’t have time to eat between work and the show,” he said.