Families can trade toys for show tickets

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment:

l A little charity can lead to free tickets to see Disney on Ice this month at the Covelli Centre.

The ice show is teaming with Making Kids Count to collect toys for its Holiday Adopt-a-Family Program. Families can receive a one-ticket voucher with the donation of a new, unwrapped toy. Donations will be collected from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the lobby of Making Kids Count, 7178 West Blvd., Suite E, Boardman.

Only 200 vouchers will be distributed, and there is a limit of two vouchers per family. Vouchers can be redeemed at the Youngstown arena’s Southwoods Health Box Office for tickets to Disney on Ice’s “Passport to Adventure” with performances at 7 p.m. Dec. 21, 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 22, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 23, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Dec. 24 and 1 p.m. Dec. 25.

Disney on Ice also will provide tickets for opening night to all families that are a part of the Holiday Adopt-a-Family Program and host a meet-and-greet with characters from the show for some of the children.

l Area rock fans can make their memorabilia part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s archives and secure free admission to the hall.

A memorabilia scan is scheduled from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Rock Hall’s Library & Archives, 2809 Woodland Ave., Cleveland. They are looking for photos, handbills, programs and other flat rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia (8.5-by-11 inches or smaller) to be digitally scanned. Items related to the history of popular music in northeast Ohio are of particular interest.

All participants will receive a USB drive with digital, preservation-quality image files of their items, archival quality sleeves for storing the originals; a copy of the archive’s publication “88 Lines About 44 Techniques” and a voucher good for admission to the Rock Hall (must be redeemed by Dec. 31).

No RSVP is necessary. Digital content from previous scan days will be on display, and there will be local music and light refreshments.

l The NBC reality series “America’s Got Talent” is coming to Cleveland to have open auditions for its 12th season.

They will take place Dec. 10 at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland, 300 Lakeside Ave. East. Contestants can start lining up at 6 a.m. that day.

Those interested in being seen can register in advance at www.AGTAuditions.com, but advance registration is not required. And those who can’t make it to Cleveland that day can submit an online audition through the website.

Cleveland is one of 10 cities where the show will have open auditions for the upcoming season.

l House of Blues in Cleveland is offering a free program to help teen musicians launch a career.

Bringing Down the House is a free program run by the House of Blues Music Forward Foundation in which local teen artists or bands, ages 13 to 19, participate in a series of music industry workshops to learn about music marketing, stage presence, the business of music and live production.

The participants will get to demonstrate their new knowledge by promoting and performing in a free live music showcase, which will take place at the Cleveland House of Blues.

Applications, which can be submitted through Jan. 22, will be reviewed by professional talent buyers from Live Nation, and six lucky applicants will be selected to participate in the workshops and showcases during spring 2017. Applicants will be evaluated based on musicianship, creativity and sound quality.

Participants must live within 150 miles of the venue and be able to attend all five industry sessions and the live showcase.

More information and the online application form can be found at: hobmusicforward.org/program/bringing-down-the-house/

Andy Gray is the entertainment writer for the Tribune Chronicle. Write to him at agray@tribtoday.com

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