Saint Viator sophomore Laura Kuper continues to turn heads this summer in the Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent contest. Last weekend, she made it to the top 10 finalists, and will battle it out on stage during the finals, starting at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Taste of Arlington.
The judges will announce the winner, at approximately 5 p.m. at the event, which takes place at Harmony Park in downtown Arlington Heights.
Laura advanced to the finals after making it through the top 20 performance, and the top 15 contest, both held at the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg. Just to have a chance to compete, she had to make it out of the initial pool of 70 hopefuls, who were whittled down during closed auditions.
At the most recent competition, Laura played piano while singing, Aerosmith’s “Dream On,” to the delight of the judges.
“We’re looking for someone who could go professional and sell records and tickets,” said Ron Onesti said. “I can see it. You’re a rock star. Dream on, girl.”
Onesti is one of four judges, and serves as president and CEO of Onesti Entertainment Corp., which operates the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles.
Last winter, Laura debuted on the JoAnn Calzaretta stage at Saint Viator, when she appeared as one of four narrators on stage—and the only freshman—in the musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
“I’m just feeding off of their energy and trying as a narrator to get the audience involved with the story,” Laura said at the time.
Online voting began today continues for the Fan Favorite prize. Click here to vote: http://dhcontests.secondstreetapp.com/l/Suburban-Chicagos-Got-Talent-Fan-Favorite
A video of Laura’s performance from Sunday’s show can be found at: http://www.dailyherald.com/entertainment/talent.