CarmelFest Has Talent Show Returns July 3 • Current Posts
Having been selected as one of Songbook Academy’s 40 national finalists for the July 16-23 Summer Intensive Program at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Lauren Sciaudone thinks any experience singing in front of an audience will be an advantage. .
“I’m excited for Songbook, but it’s nerve-wracking to have such a big audience (at the Palladium),” the Westfield resident said. “I’m really nervous so it’s nice to have something to do to get me back into the feeling of playing since COVID has taken a lot of that away.”
So, 17-year-old Sciaudone is looking forward to gaining experience through CarmelFest Has Talent. The show is scheduled from noon to 2 p.m. on July 3 on the Gazebo Stage.
Sciaudone, who will be a senior at Guerin Catholic High School in August, finished third in her age category at the 2019 CarmelFest Has Talent competition.
The three categories are 12 and under, 13-16 and 17 and over. Solo artists and groups compete. Instrumental acts are also eligible. Each age category will have 15 finalists. The top three in each category will receive prizes of $300, $200 and $100.
“I grew up doing a lot of Broadway, so when I do songs, I go to Broadway because I feel like it suits me,” Sciaudone said.
Audrey Gradle, who will be in fifth grade at Carmel’s Clay Center Elementary, will compete in the 12-and-under category. She finished third in the competition last year.
“The best part of competing is watching other artists and having fun,” Gradle said. “I love performing in front of big bands, and even if I don’t win, it’s a great opportunity.”
Gradle’s audition song was “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” by Whitney Houston. His favorite musical genre is pop.
“I love Olivia Rodrigo and Taylor Swift,” Gradle said. “Last year’s event taught me that even if you don’t win, it’s still something I want to be a part of to gain more experience and exposure through playing. Also, it’s such a fun weekend in Carmel, so I can do a lot of other things during CarmelFest.