Cos Cob’s Tom Giles to Compete in Darien’s Got Talent

Tom Giles and Karen Joyce Miller are 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. on June 25th at Darien High School, 80 High School Lane.

Giles, a resident of Cos Cob, will hopefully dazzle judges with a piano solo, while Stamford’s Joyce Miller will showcase her vocal chops in the adult category of the finals show.

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, 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, Clare Noelle King, Katherine Gunya, Zach Heyde, Riley Wells Thrush, 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, Ben Roland, 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 VIP tickets are $125 and include front row seating and entry to the post show party. Family sponsorships are $500 and include 5 VIP tickets and entry to the post show party. Patron sponsorships of $1000 include 2 season tickets to DAC Stage productions in addition to family sponsorship benefits. Darien High School is located at 80 High School Lane. For more information, call (203) 655-8683.

The DAC is a nonprofit organization, which offers educational programming in dance, visual arts, theatre and music, as well as special events and live theatre productions by DAC Stage. The Darien Arts Center is located at 2 Renshaw Road in Darien, behind the Town Hall.

Founded in 1975, the Darien Arts Center (DAC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing visual and performing arts programs and events for the community. The DAC offers educational programs in Dance, Visual Arts, Music & Theatre, & special events & live theatre performances by DAC Stage. Private donations, grants, tuition fees & ticket sales fund the DAC, which is located at 2 Renshaw Road, behind the Town Hall. For further information, call (203) 655-8683 or visit


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