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Shining Star Cle to make encore on Oct. 7 with high school singing competition

October 1, 2018

Shining Star Cle to make encore on Oct. 7 with high school singing competition

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Shining Star Cle 2018, a solo singing competition among Northeast Ohio high school students, promises to be just as much fun as the first Shining Star Cle was a year ago.

“The talent this year is truly remarkable,” said Cathy Stamler, Shining Star co-chair and Montefiore Board of Directors officer.

“We are thrilled with the high level of professionalism, beautiful voices and overall talent. Our 10 finalists will ‘bring the house down’ with their amazing voices. We promise it’s going to be a night not to be missed,” she said.

Montefiore will present The Finals Performance and Competition of Shining Star Cle 2018 at the Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7. The highlight of the event will be singing performances by 10 finalists who will compete for four scholarships, including one for $10,000 to the winner.

The event benefits dementia and memory care programs at non-profit senior healthcare organizations Montefiore, in Beachwood, and The Weils, in Chagrin Falls, and in-home memory care programs. Last year, about $300,000 was raised through sponsorships, ad sales and ticket sales.

The Shining Star CLE 2018 finalists who will be singing are Delia Brennan, Brecksville-Broadview Heights, senior; Margaret Brown, Nordonia, freshman; Dylan Grosh-Hoy, Brecksville-Broadview Heights, senior; J.R. Heckman, Solon, senior; Adriana Holst, Chagrin Falls, senior; Hannah Kulawiak, Aurora, senior; Brenna McWreath, Lakeside, senior; Julia Polster, Solon, junior; Hannah Schmidt, Hathaway Brown, senior; Christian John Thomas, Connections Academy, senior.

The alternates are Kyla Burks, Ohio Virtual Academy, junior, and Chad Harris, Aurora, senior.

Singers will be backed by a multi-piece band. Judges will select the top four performers. They will each again sing, and the judges and audience will combine to rank first- through fourth-places.

This summer, nearly 200 students representing nearly 80 high schools across eight counties (Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage and Summit), including home-schooled students, completed two rounds of auditions, with 25 students progressing to the semifinals.

In late August, the 10 finalists and two alternates were chosen from the semifinals audition.

“Finalists will perform pop, show tunes, musical theater, opera, rock and Broadway tunes,” Stamler said.

The students will compete for a total of more than $18,000 in college scholarships. And, $2,500 will be awarded to the high school music department of the first-place winner. The winner will also have an opportunity to perform with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra at Severance Hall.

“We are thrilled with this year’s response from the community,” Stamler said. “We have reached many more people in general -- from donors, sponsors, the business community and individuals who are purchasing tickets and bought ads for our playbill that will be distributed to a packed house.”

Madelyn Wanke, a Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin High School senior, won first-place at Shining Star CLE 2017 and thus was not eligible to compete again. NDCL’s music department received a $2,500 gift because of her effort.

Patron tickets, for $250 each, are available at shiningstarcle.org/patron-tickets or by contacting Montefiore Foundation Director Debbie Rothschild at 216-910-2633, or at drothschild@montefiorecare.org. Mezzanine ($75 each) and balcony ($25 each) tickets can be purchased by calling Playhouse Square at 216-241-6000 or by visiting playhousesquare.org/events.

The Finals Performance and Competition will be hosted by WKYC/Channel 3 senior health correspondent Monica Robins, who sings in two local bands. Jordan Cooper is the music director. The event sponsor is KeyBank, and WKYC is the media partner.

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