McCallum Theatre Education is once again producing OPEN CALL TALENT PROJECT! Dedicated to presenting local, non-professional artists, Open Call has gone on to become one of the most popular events in the valley. This annual talent show, an audience favorite and fun for the entire family, returns after a two-year pandemic pause. Co-presenting sponsors are The H.N. & Frances C. Berger Foundation and The Commander Allen Donor Advised Fund.

This year, Open Call will feature 35 community members ages 8-93 – vocalists, dancers and instrumentalists – who are bringing their talent, heart and soul to the McCallum stage. The 2022 FINALISTS are: Glen Arsua & Isabelle Martinez, Christine & the Lost Keys,Coachella Valley High School Dance, Angela Delaire, Alisha Horan-Bates, Karsyn Kemp, Daniel Manaloto, Isabelle Martinez, Allison Medina, Earl Mitchell, PDHS Aztec Arts Academy, Alana Romero, Kayley Serrano, Paul Sherman, Tapestry, Natasha Terrell, and Time2Twirl.

“This is a key project for McCallum and our goal is always to produce an engaging show that highlights the value of the performing arts at any age and inspires a greater sense of community valley-wide. To invite local aspiring artists to collaborate and perform on McCallum’s stage and share their work with the larger community is deeply rewarding, and we’re thankful for the support we enjoy from our generous sponsors and audience members who help us make this a reality.” says Open Call producer and McCallum’s Vice President of Education, Kajsa Thuresson-Frary.

Audience members have the opportunity to vote for their favorite act. The winners will be announced at the Saturday evening performance. Cash prizes will be awarded to the grand prize ($5000), 2nd place ($2500) audience favorite ($2500) and talent achievement ($750) award winners. All Open Call finalists will receive a cash stipend.


There are two performances open to the public this year on Saturday, April 16. For the 2PM performance tickets are $20/30/40. For the 7PM performance, which includes the award ceremony, tickets are $25/40/55. Tickets can be purchased at the theatre box office, 73000 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert, by calling (760) 340-2787 or online at .

There is also an opportunity to participate in Open Call as a sponsor in support of McCallum’s arts education programs. Sponsor benefits include Open Call tickets, public recognition and invitation to a post-show reception with finalists. For more information regarding sponsorships contact Tom Head at (760) 776-6164 or via email at .

A “one of a kind” production that will make you want to return again and again. The diverse talent is amazing and the finale is astonishing. The sense of community emanating from the performers is palpable and must indeed be a life altering experience for them. Brava/bravo!!!

Linda and Steve Cadenelli, Open Call Audience Member

This project was one of the most professionally produced of the entire season. The performers, production and overall experience was heartwarming and left me with a tear in my eye as I left the theatre. So much effort resulted in so much joy. It truly leaves you with a sense of community.

Richard Herwig, Open Call Audience Member

Open Call is a wonderful experience for all participating performers, from the youngest student to the oldest senior. Everyone in the group wants to bring joy to the audience, to be proud of the hard work they’ve put in to get there, and get better at their craft. Whether you are a young student trying to make your parents proud, a college student headed for Broadway, or a senior just enjoying retirement this is one of the highest honors in the Desert.

Earl Mitchell, Open Call Finalist

Open Call was a thrill and the most amazing experience of my life! I am grateful for the opportunity and the new friends that uplifted me on the journey. As an introvert, I learned that making friends and connecting with people is very important. The whole production was spot on. The credit doesn’t go to the winner, but to everyone who competed and helped in the process.

Saigo Iniguez, 2019 Grand Prize Winner