The McCallum Theatre announced the winners of this year’s Open Call talent competition on Wednesday.
This year’s 22 finalists were selected from 181 submissions, according to a theatre spokesperson.
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 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