Arts & Entertainment

Finalists Selected for 'Union's Got Talent'

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Union's Got Talent Finalists Abby Hagan and Alyssa Carbonell
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Union's Got Talent Finalist Jiencarlo Guzman
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Union's Got Talent Finalist Rena Picciano
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Union's Got Talent Finalist Taylor Mitchell
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Union's Got Talent Finalist Marcus McPherson
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Union's Got Talent Finalist Emma Phillips
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Union's Got Talent Finalist Jaidah Burgess
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Union's Got Talent Finalist Leon Richardson
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Union's Got Talent Finalist Heather Porter
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Union's Got Talent Finalist Gregory Senesca
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Union's Got Talent Finalist Christopher Forest
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Union's Got Talent Finalist Brooke Dubon
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Union's Got Talent Finalist Briel Alonso
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Union's Got Talent Finalist Anastasia Baruskova
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Union's Got Talent Finalist Alfred David
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UNION, NJ – Auditions were held Friday night and the 5th Annual Union’s Got Talent finalists have been selected. 

Presented by Investors Bank in partnership with the Township of Union, the show will be held on Saturday, Oct. 7, beginning at 7:00 at Union High School.

Cash Prizes will be awarded to the top acts: 1st Place -  $1,000; 2nd Place - $500; and People’s Choice, awarded to the audience’s favorite contestant, $250.   

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This year’s finalists are:

·       Abby Hagen and Alyssa Carbonell (11th Grade, UHS/12th Grade UCTVS)

·       Briel Alonso Singing (6th Grade, Burnet Middle School)  

·       Anastasia Barsukova (Student, Kean University)

·       Jaidah Burgess (8th Grade, Kawameeh Middle School)  

·       Dominick Caban(12th Grade, Union High School)

·       Alfred David (Kindergarten, Hannah Caldwell Elementary)

·       Brooke Dubon (6th Grade, Burnet Middle School)

·       Christopher Forest (8th Grade, Burnet Middle School)

·       Jiencarlo Guzman (2nd Grade, Franklin School)

·       Marcus Mcpherson (12th Grade, Union High School)

·       Emma Phillips (4th Grade, Washington Elementary)

·       Taylor Mitchell (Union Resident)

·       Rena Picciano (5th Grade, Jefferson Elementary)

·       Heather Porter (12th Grade, Union High School)

·       Leon Richardson (UHS Alumni Class of 2008)

·       Gregory Senesca (8th Grade, Burnet Middle School)

Produced and benefiting the Union High School Performing Arts Company and the Douglas Michael Krueger Scholarship Fund, all proceeds raised benefit the two organizations who give back to the students of Union Township through scholarships and arts education.   

The Douglas Michael Krueger Scholarship Fund was created in loving memory of Union High School class of 1999 alumni Douglas Krueger who lost his life in a tragic accident in 2004.  Krueger was a staple of the Union High School Performing Arts Company, Student Council President and State Student Council Treasurer.  After graduation from Wagner College, Krueger went on to become an Associate Producer for MTV in New York City. 

In his memory, Krueger’s mother, Marie Krueger Canarelli, and her family have been raising money for scholarships awarded every year to students of Union High School.  In addition, scholarships are also awarded at Wagner College and at the Paper Mill Playhouse.  

The Union High School Performing Arts Company remains one of the strongest arts training programs for theater students in New Jersey.  The UHSPAC has been nominated for over 126 prestigious Paper Mill Rising Star Awards, an event that recognizes excellence in High School Theater.  They have won 31 awards and currently hold the record for most wins ever by a single show for their 2015 production of Sophisticated Ladies. Each year the UHSPAC produces two main stage musicals.  This year they present Godspell, December 8 – December 10, and this spring the beloved classic Peter Pan, March 16  – March 25, 2018.   For more information please visit www.uhspac.com.

“Each year it brings such a smile to my face getting to witness the amazing talent Union has to offer,” said UHSPAC Choreographer Jennifer Williams.  “I think this year could be our best show yet!  Union’s Got Talent is such a special event for us.  Not only do we get to help raise money for our students, but we are also getting to do it in memory of my dear friend Doug. That combined with uniting our community for a night of wonderful entertainment, it doesn’t get any better!” 

“The Douglas Michael Krueger Scholarship Fund is very happy to partner once again with the UHSPAC for Union’s Got Talent,” said Marie Krueger-Canarelli.  “We are appreciative of the community and the Township’s support that we receive.  This generosity enables both organizations to provide cultural arts education to the students of Union Township.”

Tickets can be purchased by visiting, www.unionsgottalent.com.  For additional information, please follow the Union High School Performing Arts Company on Facebook, @UHSPAC.

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