PHOTOS: NEPA Scene’s Got Talent, Week 12, 09/13/16
The final week of Season 4 of NEPA Scene’s Got Talent on Tuesday, Sept. 13 went out with a bang, drawing the biggest crowd and number of performers this season for a night packed with fun and surprises at Thirst T’s Bar & Grill in Olyphant.
The competition throughout the extended evening was tight and the voting was very close. Marietta Mendler, who had never attended NEPA Scene’s Got Talent before, had the audience roaring with laughter with her quirky personal humor, winning the audience vote for comedy, while Scranton resident Apostolis Kal, a fan favorite from previous seasons who had come close but somehow never made it into the finals, impressed everyone with his skilled guitar playing and was finally given his due, winning the vote for music.
Week 12 performers:
Music: Adam Fox, Anthony Pasciuti, Matt Filer, James Barrett, Apostolis Kal, Amber Lynn, and the Tunefly Troubadours
Comedy: Ray Meoni, Marietta Mendler, Jillian Chiaro, Joe Craig, Robert Heilimann, Chris Jones, John Bubul, Mike McDonnell, Ted Hebert, Erich Drexler, J-Ass, Elliott Elliott, Russell Austin, Sam Box, Bryan Walsh, Donny Granza, Jeff Krenitsky, and Tyler DiBenedetto
Mendler and Kal each won $25 in cash, provided by Fireball Cinnamon Whisky, and a slot in the Finals Showcases, where the 12 winners from 12 consecutive weeks in two separate categories – comedy/poetry/spoken word/performance art and music/dance – will compete in front of a panel of judges that will determine the winners of the grand prizes. The winner of the music showcase on Sept. 27 will take home $250 cash; a gift certificate for Magdon Music; four hours of recording time at JL Studios; a home party kit from Coors Light and LT Verrastro, Inc.; a photography and graphic design package from Jess Meoni Design; and a guest spot on an episode of the NEPA Scene Podcast. The winner of the comedy/poetry/spoken word/performance art showcase on Oct. 4 will receive $250 cash, a headlining Thursday night performance at Thirst T’s with a $5 cover that all goes directly to the performer, a home party kit from Coors Light and LT Verrastro, a photography and graphic design package from Jess Meoni Design, and a guest spot on an episode of the NEPA Scene Podcast.
Sponsored by Coors Light, LT Verrastro, Fireball Cinnamon Whisky, Magdon Music, JL Studios, Jess Meoni Design, and Thirst T’s, NEPA Scene’s Got Talent takes the format of an open mic night and turns it into a friendly competition, inviting local musicians, comedians, poets, performance artists, magicians, actors, and more to perform on Thirst T’s stage every Tuesday at 7 p.m. through Sept. 13.
At the end of each night, audiences who have enjoyed the free live show will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite act. The winner each week will receive $25 in cash and the headlining slot for the following Tuesday, and all other performers are encouraged to compete again as often as they’d like or simply show off their talents for fun. Everyone participating is featured weekly on nepascene.com.
by Rich Howells
Rich is an award-winning journalist, longtime blogger, photographer, and podcast host. He is the founder and editor of NEPA Scene.