Ella Witt and Hunter Trammell were accepted into the 2017 Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts.
From mid-June through early July, Ella studied musical theater while Hunter focused on drama at Centre College in Danville. They were among 256 Kentucky students chosen for this summer’s GSA.
Ella is the 15 year-old daughter of Eve and Mark Witt and a senior at North Bullitt High School. She performed the lead in the 2015 summer musical Legally Blonde Jr.
“I was so surprised and happy!” Ella exclaimed “I felt proud of myself like all my hard work had paid off.”
Hunter is the son of James and Tanya Trammell of Mt. Washington and said he was humbled to be picked for GSA.
“I was very proud and excited to be part of a program that was very selective with its applicants,” he said.
Hunter was the first to learn who was accepted into the summer program.
“I was too scared to look,” Ella said. “Hunter texted that I had been selected before I even had to check for myself! I told my friends first and then called my parents.”
Hunter informed his Dad, “Who was very proud of me.”
Ella feels several elements contributed to her selection.
“A recommendation letter from my wonderful teacher, Melodie Stacy, is really what made me shine in the application process and I think being in Legally Blonde Jr., prepared me and made me excited to work with artists I didn’t know already,” she said. “Since I had been doing shows at Classic Melodies Performance Institute since I was little, branching out made me familiar with the different types of teachers I’d encounter at GSA.”
“I think it was probably my personality and seeming very personable,” Hunter responded.
Ella’s choice of Musical Theatre made sense due to her stage experience.
“I knew I would be happy doing it for three weeks straight,” she said. “I gained confidence, friendship, and knowledge from my new teachers.”
Productions she has appeared in recently include Crimes of the Heart and Hairspray. Other shows she has been involved in are Mary Poppins, Legally Blonde, The Sound of Music, Seussical, Shrek the Musical, Little Women and The Importance of Being Earnest.
Her career aspiration is to become an actress and then to eventually own a performing arts studio.
Hunter agreed that every theatrical experience he has had helped him in some way.
“I chose drama because I think it is the area where I have the greatest strengths,” he said adding he was looking forward to working on new material with master teachers in the field of drama.
Hunter will be a junior and has been involved with Hairspray and Crimes of the Heart with Classic Melodies Performance Institute in Hillview, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever with Stage One, and Heathers the Musical with Acting Against Cancer.
He was also a part of a feature film titled “the Wiccan” that was filmed in Lexington as well as playing the part of a “bully” in a film titled “And Then I Go” premiering at the Kentucky Center this month. Ella also plays an extra in “And Then I Go.” His career aspiration is to be an actor or artist in any facet.
Ella and Hunter had the opportunity to perform on Broadway last summer as part of Classic Melodies Performance Institute. The studio competed and won the title “Best of Show” at New York City’s PlayStation Theater on Broadway. They also competed with solos, duets, dance numbers and other Broadway production numbers at the Access Broadway competition.
They have also performed on multiple cruises with “Stars at Sea” (through Classic Melodies) as well as Disney World.