Auditions Approaching for the Ninth Annual Chautauqua’s Got Talent Competition

Last year's winner Elizabeth Lutgen
Last year’s winner Elizabeth Lutgen

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The Spire Theater

Performing artists of all types are called to The Spire Theater to audition for the ninth annual “Chautauqua’s Got Talent” competition Monday, February 19th, 2018.

Auditions will be held over a single session at the theater, where contest hopefuls are invited to display their talents before a panel of judges, beginning at 7 p.m.

Co-presented by Big Time Productions, KISS FM, and The Post-Journal, “Chautauqua’s Got Talent” offers Chautauqua area residents a unique opportunity to compete against one another using a variety of skills and abilities. In addition to singers and musicians, the contest also encourages other types of entertainers, such as comedians, magicians and dancers, to perform in front of a live audience over a five-week period. The contest also welcomes groups as well as solo acts.

In years’ past, the cash prize awarded to the “Chautauqua’s Got Talent” champion has been $500 – $800. This year, being the contest’s 9th consecutive run, the grand prize will be $900, along with other gifts.

Another unique aspect to this contest is contestants are given the rare opportunity to work privately with the seasoned professional performers, producers, and judges that make up the “Chautauqua’s Got Talent” production team to fine tune their craft. Giuffre said everyone is welcome to come and participate in the audition process, and nobody will be turned away from a shot at competing.

Auditioning hopefuls should come prepared to offer a sample of their talent for approximately one minute, and bring a parent or guardian if under 18. If hopefuls are unable to attend the audition, there is an option to send in a video audition by emailing a video file or YouTube link to any time up until midnight Tuesday, Feb. 20.

Pre-registration is not mandatory, but if performers wish to do so to avoid waiting in line on the day of auditions, they can send an email to requesting a pre-registration form.
This year’s “Chautauqua’s Got Talent” competition will be held at the Spire Theater on five consecutive Mondays, starting on March 6th and ending on April 3rd. Each competition round will begin at 7 p.m. on its respective date.

Presale tickets to individual shows are $7, and are available for purchase through The Labyrinth Press Company, located at 10 E. Fourth St. in Jamestown, or online at A pass to attend all five competition nights is also available at the aforementioned locations for $30. Individual tickets on performance nights are available at the door for $9.

The Spire Theater is located at 317 E. Third St. in Jamestown. For more information on auditions, or this year’s “Chautauqua’s Got Talent” competition, contact The Spire Theater at (716)450-7357, or by email at