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Darien Dozen Reaching For The Stars In Darien's Got Talent

Contestants at the upcoming Darien's Got Talent.
Contestants at the upcoming Darien's Got Talent. Photo Credit: Contributed

DARIEN, Conn. -- A dozen acts from Darien are vying for top prizes this Saturday, June 25, in Darien’s Got Talent, the primary fundraiser for the Darien Arts Center.

Ella Bates, Lauren Blake, Taylor Felt, Rica Monaghan, Sommer Schmidt, Quinn Taylor, Katherine Gunya, Zach Heyde, Carson Stewart, Laura Anglade, Grant Morro, Paul Nelson, Jess Wilkes, Grady Allen, and Jordan Kaloyanides, make up the Darien finalists. The performances that take place at 7 p.m. at Darien High School, 80 High School Lane. Tickets are available at .

Bates, Blake, Felt, Monaghan, Schmidt and Taylor are competing in the children’s category for those 16 and under. Bates, Felt, and Monaghan will showcase their vocal chops, Taylor will play cello, and Blake and Schmidt perform dance routines; Blake’s an Irish step number.

Vocal performers and musical groups comprise the adults participating in the talent competition, with acts that include piano, opera, bass, beat box, and flute. All are reaching for the stars and cash prizes, when they perform in front of accomplished entertainment judges for top prizes in both adult and children categories.

Other finalists from Norwalk, Stamford, Westport and New Canaan round out the talent pool, including Isabella Bardos, Clare Noelle King, Tom Giles, Karen Joyce Miller, Riley Wells Thrush, Ben Roland, a rock band consisting of Ben Teolis, Adeline Teolis, Rodrigo Galavis, and Diego Ferreira, and a dance group consisting of Donyae Carter-Smith, Christopher Thigpen, Toni Yarrell, Alexis Askew, Najheera Miller, Cedric Thigpen, Domonique Carter-Stanley, Morgan Henry, Le'Ashia Langley, David Daniel, Davante Thomas, and Elisha Yarrel.

Tickets for Darien’s Got Talent are $35 for adults and $20 for students at . VIP tickets are $125 and include up-front seating and entry to the post show party. Family sponsorships at $500 include five VIP tickets and entry to the post-show party. Patron sponsorships of $1000 include two season tickets to DAC Stage productions in addition to family sponsorship benefits.

Online voting to elect the winner of the People’s Choice Award will remain open until June 24. For more information, including how to vote for the Darien’s Got Talent People’s Choice Award, visit or call 203-655-8683 .

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