Road to Miss America 2012:
Miss Connecticut 2011, the 83rd annual Miss Connecticut Scholarship Pageant, returns to the Garde Arts Center for a three-night run, culminating with the crowning of a new Miss Connecticut and Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen on June 25, 2011.
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Preliminary competitions are at 7:30 p.m. June 23 and 24. Only the top ten Miss and Teen contestants will compete at the finals at 7 p.m. June 25 at the Garde, 325 State St., New London. The pageant will feature 19 young women competing for the job of Miss Connecticut 2011 and 21 girls who are vying to be Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen 2011.
While the location and the weekend are the same, the Miss Connecticut Board of Directors is pleased to announce a new executive director, producer and choreographer for this year’s show, “Glam ‘R’ Us.”
Tom Prete of North Haven is the new executive director/executive producer, replacing Luis Pabon of Norwich, who has retired from those positions but is still an active member of the board. Jared Andrew Brown of Hamden is the new producer and John E. Carter of Wallingford is the new choreographer, replacing Billy Griffin, formerly of Norwich and now of New York City.
Brittany Decker of Bristol is the reigning Miss Connecticut and Logan West of Southington is the 2010 Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen. They will be featured in the show. News 8’s Sonia Baghdady will be the emcee.
Brown said his goal with the 83rd annual pageant is to produce a “new take on an old and treasured competition that has a great reputation. I’m really excited to add new finger polish to something great that has been in the state for many years.”
“We, as a group, have been planning the pageant for months, and encourage the public to attend as the contestants come from all corners of the state.” Brown said. “The show will be over-the-top and full of energy. It won’t slow down until people are in their cars heading home.”
Brown is the owner and operator of the Jared Andrew Studio for the Performing Arts in North Haven and Quick Change Productions, the performing arm of his dance, voice and acting school.
“The choreography will be an eclectic mix of jazz and musical theater with whimsical moments of glamorous pizzazz, featuring the reigning Miss and Outstanding Teen leading in the fun,” Carter said.
Carter works for The Travelers Insurance Company in Hartford and is on the Board of Trustees of The Hartford Conservatory. He is a part-time dance instructor at The Connecticut Academy of Performing Arts in Waterbury, and the resident choreographer for the spring musicals at Cheshire High School.
Prete, the owner of the Dancer’s Shop in Hamden, is thrilled for his first year as executive director/executive producer and for the contestants: “These young women possess beauty, intelligence, drive and commitment to community service and have done a lot of hard work to be on the Miss Connecticut Stage. My goal is to have a basic, entertaining show with the young women as the stars.”
Tickets range in price from $25 to $100 and can be purchased at the door or ordered in advance by calling the Garde box office at 860-444-7373 or by visiting http://www.gardearts.org/.
Kate Ottavio, Miss Connecticut Scholarship Corporation