Milton's Got Talent
The 2022 season of Milton's very own talent has concluded! See winners and other details below.
1st Place: Back Seat Drivers
2nd Place: Addison Mynatt
3rd Place: Lucy Thomas
Community Favorite: Ella Kate Payne
Kenny Kurtz grew up in Westchester County, NY and thoroughly enjoyed playing sports (football, basketball, and baseball in high school, and football in college), taking the train into Manhattan to see Broadway musicals, and singing in bands.
He went into the advertising business in Manhattan upon graduation from college and was tasked with a move to Los Angeles to open a new office for his firm there. After thirteen years in Los Angeles, he was asked to head up an advertising sales office in Atlanta, and he and his better half Leisa have lived here ever since, raising two daughters that have lived in Milton for the entirety of their lives. Both daughters were involved in the performing arts at Milton High School, and his oldest daughter got the musical theatre bug to such a degree that she is actively pursuing it as her career. As such, Kenny has been thrilled to spend the past dozen years regularly doing one of his three favorite things of all time… enjoying great musical theatre (from Milton HS’s Theatre Program right through to Frozen on Broadway, and On Tour where his daughter played Princess Anna).
Throughout his time in NY, LA, and Atlanta Kenny has stayed involved musically (from singing tenor in a professional 150 voice chorus that performed at Carnegie Hall, and the Amalfi Music Festival to playing acoustic gigs… solo, and most recently with an acoustic trio he put together called Gray Matters). He very much looks forward to witnessing, and enjoying all the amazing local talent that Milton has on tap in Season Three of Milton’s Got Talent!
Renee Denney is an award-winning Theatre Director who has earned a B.F.A in Theatre Performance from Auburn University and an M.F.A in Theatre Performance from the University of Tennessee’s International Actor Training Program. Her productions have won many awards including multiple region and state one-act play championships, a variety of Shuler Hensley for Excellence in Musical Theatre awards, including multiple Best Overall Production awards and State and International conference performance invitations. Her students have been widely recognized with many Best Actor/Actress awards and multiple individual Shuler Hensley Awards for Excellence in Musical Theatre. She has also served as an adjudicator for Regional and State One Act Play competitions as well as International and Georgia Thespian Festivals. Mrs. Denney has also served as a College Audition Coach for musical theatre students and her students have been accepted into many prominent programs including Juilliard, the University of Michigan, Boston Conservatory, Northwestern, Syracuse and many more.
Songwriter & Producer Bill Simpson is the owner of Simps Studios in Alpharetta GA. Whether working live production, performing onstage, or producing in the studio, he is a veteran in the music industry, with over 30 years experience.
From his early beginnings at Berklee School of Music & Full Sail University, he specialized in Piano and Guitar Performance, and Recording Engineering. Soon after he began working live concert sound and lighting with national acts the Beach Boys, Madonna, and the Boston Pops, in the US and Canada.
As a touring keyboardist his bands have shared the stage with such artists as Edwin McCain, Lenny Kravitz, Pink, Cowboy Mouth and Nico Moon - including several shows performing at Atlanta Braves Turner Field. In addition, Bill has written and produced with an array of country, rock, and pop artists including L.A. Moore Band, Rod Michael from NBC’s ‘The Voice’, Wesley Cook, and Life & Limb. He continues on in his pusuit to produce lasting music with both veteran artists and creative local talent alike.