McCallum Theatre announces 'Open Call' winners

PALM DESERT, Calif. - 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

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