The McCallum Theatre Institute, the Education Division of the McCallum Theatre, has announced the winners of the 14th Annual Open Call Talent Competition held on Thursday, April 26th - Saturday, April 28th. This year's twenty-two finalists were selected from one hundred eighty-one submissions. The cast of eighty-nine local artists were provided the opportunity to work with and receive guidance from a professional artistic and production team and perform on the McCallum Theatre stage in four performances for over 4,000 audience members.
Winners were selected by a panel of four judges and the audiences from the first three performances, whose combined votes served as the fifth judge. Open Call host, Rob Watkins - 2011 Grand Prize winning ventriloquist, announced the following winners at the final performance on Saturday evening. The winners are as follows:
The Helen Turner Grand Prize ($2500) & Audience Favorite Award ($750) – Gerald Colucci/Dicitencello Vuie (Just Say I Love Her) by Rodolfo Falvo
Second Place Award ($750) – Dillon Trollope and the DHSHS Steel Orchestra/Concerto for Marimba & Steel Orchestra by Aldwyn "Lord Kitchner" Roberts
The Arline and Seymour Kreshek Talent Achievement Awards ($500)
Best Vocal – Emily Ramirez/As If We Never Said Goodbye by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Best Dance – Hartin Dance Company/River Deep by Phil Spector, Jeff Barry & Ellie Greenwich
Best Instrumental – Emma Reinhart/Saxophobia by Rudy Wiedoeft
The McCallum Theatre will celebrate its 25th Anniversary Season beginning on August 31. For information the McCallum Theatre or The Open Call Competetition visit www.mccallumtheatre.com or call (760) 346-6505.