PITTSTON — Pittston’s Got Talent is coming to The Slope Amphitheater as part of the “Summer in the City” series on Sunday, June 26, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., for its inaugural event. All proceeds will go to the Shop with a Cop program, giving underprivileged children a chance to have a great Christmas.
The auditions took place on Saturday, May 28 at The Slope and were open to solo and group artists of all ages and talent disciplines such as dance, song and instrumentalists.
Pittston’s Got Talent is the brainchild of Wyoming Seminary junior Paul Stevenson, a Duryea resident. Stevenson and his team were looking for a way to give back to the community when he reached out to Pittston City Main Street Manager Mary Kroptavich.
“I wanted to get involved in the city and myself and some friends approached Mary Kroptavich to see how we could help the city,” Stevenson said. “We’re partnering with Shop with a Cop, because of the tremendous amount of fundraising and fundraising that goes into this event to make this wonderful event happen for kids.”
The Shop with a Cop program couples police officers with children at the elementary school level who are facing life challenges such as a parent losing their job, homelessness, military deployment, economic shortfalls and d other difficulties to help them have a good Christmas vacation.
The program also allows children to see police officers in a different light while helping to promote positive police and community relations.
Auditions were held at The Slope on May 28 with great response for a first event.
“We are very lucky to have Jenna Lombardo and two judges by her side overseeing our audition process and we were honestly blown away by the talent we had,” Stevenson said of those who auditioned on the 28th. May for the main show. “Ten acts will be played and we will divide the acts to be played throughout the day.”
According to Stevenson, there will be a vendor fair with more than 35 craft vendors, three to four food trucks, and a carnival for children and other side performers throughout the afternoon.
The first performer of Pittston’s Got Talent will be at 1 p.m.
“We’re hoping for a big turnout and hope for the best here,” Stevenson said. “We’re excited to see the community come together and hope to make this an annual event.”