Christine Honeywell of Vernon Hills
A recent graduate of Libertyville High School, Christine Honeywell has been singing since she was a young child. As a toddler, she watched Disney movies and quickly memorized every song.
"She really has a talent in music," said her father, JP Honeywell. "It comes naturally for her."
Her mom, Kathy, added, "It might sound like a joke, but it's not: Christine could sing before she could talk."
Honeywell joined Special Gifts Theatre in Northbrook when she was about 8 and performed on stage with other young singers and thespians until recently.
Over the years, she had parts in numerous musicals. She played the lead in "The Wizard of Oz" and "Cinderella," and strong supporting roles in "Annie," "High School Musical" and "Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory."
"She has never been afraid when someone asks her to get up and sing a song," her father said. "She has no stage fright. She enjoys singing and performing. It makes her happy that her singing makes others happy."
Honeywell was a member of her high school choir for four years and was voted outstanding choir student by her peers. She has been singing 1st soprano in the Hope EPC Choir for the past four and a half years. She is also very active in the Special Recreation Association of Central Lake County.
Two years ago, Honeywell competed in SRA's Got Talent, the statewide precursor to this year's regional Special Talents America event. She moved the audience to tears with her rendition of "You Raise Me Up" and earned the top prize. This year, she plans to sing "I Dreamed a Dream," from "Les Miserables."