Winners chosen in Haywood talent competition

art gottalentHaywood Arts Regional Theater’s regional talent show finals played to a standing room only on Sept. 22 at the HART Theatre in Waynesville, with 16 acts competing for a top prize of $1,000.

 

In the end the judges were split, each favoring a different performer and the audience helped decide the final outcome. Top honors and a $1,000 prize went to Tierney Cody, a B.F.A. Student at Western Carolina University. Tierney won with her rendition of  “Taylor, the Latte Boy.”  Second place went to Ashlyn Combs, a vocalist who sang “Part of Your World” from “The Little Mermaid.” Third place went to Helena Hunt, a Tuscolla student who won with her guitar and vocal rendition of “Oh Atlanta.”

The other finalists included: Meadow, River, Sky and Forest Byrd who did a gymnastic dance routine “From Rock to Hip Hop;” Ben Tetreault who performed “Beyond the Sea” Bobby Daren style; Samantha Mulholland on harp; Tracy Long who channeled Patsy Cline to perform “Crazy;” the Raq Shuraka Dance Company did a traditional belly dance; Matthew Curry brought Johnny Cash’s “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down” to the stage; Lindsey Long who sang “Arms” with the young bluegrass folk band Productive Paranoia; Heather Ferguson who performed an opera piece from “Candide;” “K-Swag” who did a hip-hop routine; vocalist Holly Ann Harmon who sang “The Way I Am;” and Ashely Wood who performed “I’m the Only One.”

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