Mangano: “Reach for the Stars” Teen Talent Finals Rescheduled For Monday, July 30th

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced today that the 2012 ‘Reach for the Stars’ Teen Talent Finals has been rescheduled for Monday, July 30th. The Finals will be held at the Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre in Eisenhower Park and will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.

The ‘Reach for the Stars’ competition is a showcase of the county’s most talented young stars between the ages of 13 and 19. Finalists were narrowed down to 21 contestants from an audition field of 64 after displaying their skillful talents as solo vocalists. Previous winners of the competition include participants who moved on to American Idol fame; Kevin Covais in 2003, and Robbie Rosen in 2009. This year, Linda Mangano will act as Mistress of Ceremonies.

The finalists are as follows:

Taylor Brooks, 15, of Manhasset, Christina Cinnamo, 17, from Franklin Square, Alexa Ford, 14, from Lynbrook, Melissa Goldstein, 17, from Roslyn Heights, Rafael Hakimian, 15, from Great Neck, Cassidy Heide, 18, from Oceanside Bridget Iaboni, 15, from Levittown, Ashley Kaufman, 17, from Wantagh, Lauren Lamonsoff, 16, from Merrick, Quinn Lysaght, 14, from Rockville Centre, Samantha Matzerath, 13, from West Massapequa, Kara McNelis, 16, from Garden City, Matt Mowery, 14, from Long Beach, Michael Multer, 13, from Merrick, Didi Peng, 18, from Glen Cove, Mary Kate Patsky, 13, from Garden City, Justine Re, 18, from Wantagh, Samantha Schick, 17, from East Meadow, Sarah Shaiman, 17, from Westbury, Elizabeth Stumpel, 19, from Wantagh, and Nicholas Tangorra, 14, from Bethpage.

About Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre

The Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre is located near parking fields 6 and 6A in Eisenhower Park. Lakeside Theatre is a venue with no formal seating. Concertgoers are urged to bring folding chairs or blankets. Special accommodations are available for disabled patrons, including reserved parking, easily accessible restrooms and a convenient reserved location on the hill. Assistive hearing devices are also available upon request for the hearing impaired.

About Eisenhower Park

Eisenhower Park is located in East Meadow, with entrances on Hempstead Turnpike and Merrick Avenue. As one of the largest public spaces in the New York metropolitan area, Eisenhower Park offers a full range of athletic and family activities, including one of the finest swimming facilities in the U.S., three world-class golf courses, dozens of athletic fields and courts, picnic areas, playgrounds, fitness trails and more. For further information, contact the Parks Public Information Office at: (516) 572-0200 or visit the Nassau County Parks, Recreation and Museums website at: