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Young Westport Talent Reaching For The Stars In Talent Contest

Ben Roland and Riley Wells Thrush, both from Westport, are competing as finalists on June 25th in local talent competition, Darien's Got Talent.
Ben Roland and Riley Wells Thrush, both from Westport, are competing as finalists on June 25th in local talent competition, Darien's Got Talent. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTPORT, Conn. -- Westport’s Ben Roland and Riley Wells Thrush will be reaching for the stars and cash prizes when they perform on stage in front of accomplished entertainment judges in local talent contest, Darien’s Got Talent.

The fundraiser for the Darien Arts Center offers three top prizes for both adults and children and takes place at 7 p.m. June 25 at Darien High School, 80 High School Lane.

Roland and Wells Thrush will showcase their vocal chops as finalists in the show; Roland in the children’s category, and Wells Thrush in adult category for ages 16 and up.

In addition to awarding prizes based on talent, the Darien Arts Center has added a fun new way to be a winner in their talent show.

Contestants can now compete to help raise awareness and money for the DAC. The public is encouraged to vote online at darienarts.org, as many times as they wish, for their favorite contestant(s) in order to elect the winner of the Darien’s Got Talent 2016 People’s Choice Award.

The contestant or group with the most votes will be awarded the People’s Choice Award trophy at the conclusion of the Darien’s Got Talent finals show.

Other finalists for Darien’s Got Talent and contenders for the 2016 People’s Choice Award are: Isabella Bardos, Tom Giles, Clare Noelle King, Katherine Gunya, Zach Heyde, Karen Joyce Miller, a musical group of Laura Anglade and Grant Morro, a musical group of Paul Nelson and Jess Wilkes, a singing group of Grady Allen, Carson Stewart, and Jordan Kalonydes, Ella Bates, Lauren Blake, Taylor Felt, Rica Monaghan, Sommer Schmidt, Quinn Taylor, 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 darienarts.org. VIP tickets are $125 and include front row seating and entry to the post show party. Family sponsorships are $500 and include five VIP tickets and entry to the post show party. Patron sponsorships of $1,000 include two season tickets to DAC Stage productions in addition to family sponsorship benefits.

For more information, call 203-655-8683.

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