Highland High Teen Wins Holiday Singing Contest, Helps Harvest Home

Highland High School sophomore Hannah Tramonte takes her singing seriously, which is her main passion. The 16-year-old, who was recently a Top 10 finalist at the CLE Shining Star and a national finalist in a BroadwayWorld Next on Stage musical theater competition, has now won the local Holiday Heart Song Virtual Vocal Benefit competition.

The Holiday Contest is a first-time event with partners Stage Door Studios of North Canton and recipient Haven of Rest Ministries of Akron. As the winner, Tramonte was able to record an original holiday arrangement by composer / producer Hal Wright of Canton in his professional recording studio.

The teenager, who announced the release of her first professionally recorded song last week, asks people to continue donating to Haven of Rest / Harvest Home as she shares her song on social media and qu ‘she and her mother, Stacy, are working with distributor CD Baby to get it to all streaming platforms. Donations can be made at www.havenofrest.org.

Tramonte and her mother visited Haven of Rest on Friday to deposit a check for $ 900 to support the women and children at Harvest Home. The funds were raised thanks to the registration fees for the contest as well as donations from participating families.

“Especially at this time during the holidays, it is extremely important to support these mothers and children at Harvest Home / Haven of Rest, as there can be up to 850 homeless people in Summit County at a time. What Harvest Home does is in emergency situations they can accommodate 59 women and children at a time, ”Tramonte said.

In November, the teenager submitted a video for her solo competition song, “O Holy Night,” and she and her sisters Hailey, 13, and Emma, ​​10, also submitted a threesome for “Carol of the Bells ”to the Stage Door contest sponsor. Studios, which is a vocal studio. They found out earlier this month that the solo and trio were the top 10 finalists.

The judges were Steve Parsons, Music Director of Players Guild in Canton; Brian Kieffer of BOX Audio and choir director at GlenOak High School; voice teacher and actor coach Joy Ellis; coach and talent scout Julie Connair, co-owner of Taylor Band and Orchestra in Akron; and artist and choreographer Molly Weidig.

The finalists then prepared videos for a “song” of Wright’s vacation arrangement “In the Bleak Midwinter / O Holy Night”. Tramonte added harmonies and taught them to his sisters for their trio while at the same time preparing his own solo performance for the finale.

“I had to learn my solo and make it my own and style it myself,” said Tramonte, who studies vocals with Denise Howell and Helen Welch.

Tramonte found out on December 11 that she had won the contest, with comments from the judges saying they liked the way she styled the song adding riffs and changing the melody.

On December 12, she was recording with Wright, a longtime composer and producer of religious and children’s music who has eight gold records and one platinum record. The teenager worked with Wright in his recording studio for 2.5 hours to get a full cut of her song, then layering her own vocal harmonies on it.

“I was my own backing vocalist, I guess,” the teenager said.

“It was honestly one of the coolest experiences I have ever had,” Tramonte said. “It was really interesting to see that you could put it all together without doing it all in one take.”

The teenager also created her own cover photo for the release of her song, using a photo her mother took during her recording session. To hear Tramonte’s beautiful take on Wright’s Christmas arrangement, check out

https://youtu.be/EcIVeYPWWdo/. The link can also be found on her Instagram and Facebook accounts, Hannah Tramonte.

Christmas online

When Santa Claus doesn’t respond to their letters and the kids just can’t find the answers online to questions like the health of the big guy or how reindeer fly, they must turn to Mrs. Claus for their satisfaction. curiousity.

This is what happens in “To: Mrs. Claus”, the online production of Magical Theater whose story has children who flood the North Pole email inbox with questions about the Jolly Old. Elf. Elf Assistant Buddy alerts a very busy Mrs. Claus via video chat about the entire inbox and she decides to reply to all of the children’s messages, which ends up requiring expert advice from Elves.

“Working on ‘To: Mrs. Claus’ was an absolute joy. The script is funny, clever and will appeal to kids and adults alike. It’s the perfect dose of holiday cheer,” said Holly Barkdoll, co-director of the Barberton Theater.

Deb Lemire and Adam Hoffman play Mrs. Claus and Buddy. The actors playing a colorful array of elves are Cosmo Moss, Maya Nicholson, Julia Earley, Hallie Heffernan, Laura Rauh, Luke Gordon, Jerimie Newcomb, Mark Ross, Tessa Patton, Kendall Ackerman and Amanda Kidd. Santa, voiced by Craig Raymaley, has a whole crew on his North Pole team, including a personal trainer, an elf from the wardrobe department, and a reindeer flight design department.

Alexi Alfieri’s “To: Mrs. Claus”, a 42-minute program suitable for all ages, airs on Vimeo until December 31. The cost is $ 20 for a 24 hour rental. See magictheatre.org and the theater’s social media channels.

Cleveland Orchestra for vacation

The ever popular Cleveland Orchestra holiday concerts have been canceled this year. But people can still enjoy the beautiful Christmas music from the orchestra for free, a real gift from the orchestra, on adella.live.

On-demand streaming will continue until January 6 for the Christmas 2020 visual album “Home for the Holidays with the Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus”, with the orchestra conducted by Vinay Parameswaran and recorded at Severance Hall this month. . Newly recorded works include selections from “The Nutcracker” by Tchaikovksy, “White Christmas” by Irving Berlin and the traditional “Song of Wassail”, among others.

The album also includes previously recorded music of historic performances by the orchestra from 1965 to 2010, conducted by Robert Shaw, Robert Page, Gareth Morrell and Robert Porco. The pieces presented range from traditional Christmas carols such as “Joy to the World” and “Angels We Have Heard on High” to “Hallelujah Chorus” by Messiah’s Handel.

Listen for free on adella.live or search for “Adella” on your phone, tablet or TV.

Excerpts from the orchestra’s last live streaming concert, episode 4 of “In Focus” are also free on Adella until January 6. These are Handel’s “Overture” and “Pastoral Pifa” of “Messiah” and Corelli’s Concerto Grosso Opus 6, No. 8 (“Christmas Concerto”).

To add to the holiday cheer, the orchestra is making its 1984 Christmas concert video – “A Symphony in Celebration” – available for the first time since its premiere on Fox 8 (WJKW). The concert, conducted by former Cleveland Orchestra choir director and assistant conductor Robert Page, also features the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus and the Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Chorus. Free access to the video will be available on adella.live until January 6.

Cabaret ‘Kinky Boots’

Weathervane Playhouse has launched its latest virtual cabaret for 2020, a tribute to the musical “Kinky Boots,” which took place a few weeks after it opened at the Akron Theater when the pandemic closed in March. The free cabaret, which went live on Monday, features actors Anthony Woods-Mitchell, Heather Culotta and Ryan Ciriaco performing numbers from the musical.

For a really fun touch, the cabaret also includes a message from extraordinary Broadway star Billy Porter, the original Lola on the Great White Way, which encourages the Weathervane cast to hang on until the theater can. produce the show.

The virtual event also includes a chat with Woods-Mitchell, who plays Lola for Weathervane. The story of the musical, based on real events, follows struggling British factory owner Charlie and fabulous artist Lola, who form an unexpected friendship. In the process, they bring understanding and create something new that makes a difference in the world.

Audio-Technica is supporting the virtual cabaret project and the Gay Community Endowment Fund is funding the upcoming production of “Kinky Boots”, which will be Weathervane’s first show after it reopens. For more information on the cabaret project and a link to the latest on YouTube, see https://bit.ly/34yaSgA/.

Artistic writer Kerry Clawson can be reached at 330-996-3527 or [email protected]