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Norwalk Mayor Hosts STAR's 'Got Talent' Show

Bobby Vento of Norwalk performs with guitar at Theater of STARs. Photo Credit: Courtesy of STAR
Mayor Harry Rilling and STAR Lisa Griffith of New Canaan “doing the twist”. Photo Credit: Courtesy of STAR
Mayor Harry Rilling declares December 2nd as “STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way Day.” Mark Minnock of Theater of STARs looks on. Cast stands in background. Photo Credit: Courtesy of STAR
STAR's Jassinia Myssogand of New Canaan, Billy Tolles of Norwalk, Debra Rudolph of Westport and staffer Aja Williams. Photo Credit: Courtesy of STAR
Bobby Vento of Norwalk starts out the group “doing the twist.” Behind him are (left to right) Lisa Griffith of New Canaan, Paul Widness and Talisha Maxwell of Norwalk. Photo Credit: Courtesy of STAR

NORWALK, Conn. -- The "STAR's Got Talent" show had five competing teams led by a volunteer group leader as Mayor Harry Rilling declared Tuesday, Dec. 2, as “STAR Inc. Lighting the Way Day” to a full theater audience.

Each group developed their own skits, songs, costumes and themes. A panel of judges, including Stephanie Armstrong, Miggs Burroughs, Valerie Jensen and Angie Rubino, commented on each group’s performance.

The music, dance and theater performances took place at Concert Hall at Norwalk City Hall, and a reception was held afterward.

STAR staff members Nancy Armstrong and Mark Minnock created the Theater of STARS program nine years ago for adults served by STAR, and each year the number of participating performers has grown. This year, 90 performers from Norwalk, Westport, Weston, Wilton, Darien and New Canaan participated in the show.

Sponsors of the event included: Cain Management, City of Norwalk, Country Convenience, Joan Dionne, Arlene and Nick DuBiago, Dunkin Donuts, Brian Foster, Christine and Mike Gallo, Kathy and Peter Gogolak, Beth and Obie Harrington-Howes, Honda of Westport, Bernadette and Glenn Jackel, Valerie and Greg Jensen, Kesten-Brown Insurance, Rosemary Lovallo, Barbara and Tom McInerney, Ali and Doug Milne, Pepsi, Probus Club of Greater Bridgeport, Prospector Theater, Mayor Harry Rilling, The Socreboard and Van Brunt, DuBiago and Co CPAs.

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