Arts Aloud celebrated over 25 talented teens on Saturday, July 22, 2017! The sold-out crowd gathered at Bellflower’s Bristol Civic Auditorium to hear a wide range of acts, from singing and dancing to musical theater and stand-up comedy.
George Pennacchio of ABC7 Eyewitness News served as the program’s Master of Ceremonies.
A starry array of esteemed artists participated in the event as presenters and judges, including actors Michael Trevino (The Vampire Diaries), Beth Grant (The Mindy Project), Ivonne Coll (Jane the Virgin); Oscar-nominated composer Charles Fox (Ready to Take a Chance Again, 9 to 5); Choreographer Gianna Martello (Dance Moms); and legendary guitarist, Christopher Parkening.
First, second, and third place awards were presented to the highest-placing acts in two age divisions (13-15 & 16-18). Cash prizes and matching charitable contributions were underwritten by the Wells Fargo Foundation.
Legendary actor, tenor, and gourmet chef, Paul Sorvino, made a surprise appearance to announce the winning participants.
A male and female participant each received the Rob Fukuzaki Sportsmanship Award, named after KABC’s distinguished sportscaster, Rob Fukuzaki. Mr. Fukuzaki’s Heads Up Youth Foundation funded both sportsmanship awards.
Arts Aloud Theater Group
Proceeds from the event support the Arts Aloud Theater Group’s youth education and outreach initiatives. Sponsors of the 2017 Arts Aloud Talent Show include Wells Fargo, Supervisor Janice Hahn, Stonebridge Funeral & Cremation Services, SWEET! Hollywood, Pink’s Hot Dogs, and US Bank.