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Review: Your impact on my daughter's life! Thank You
I don't know if you remember us, as it was quite a few years ago. My daughters name is Shannon Hayward, you recorded her after a karaoke contest at the Warwick Mall. Although she didn't win you called me the next day and asked me to have her come in to your studio. You were very taken with her voice and thought it was very mature for her age, at the time. (she was only 14) She recorded 3 country songs with you. You mentioned that you would like to hear her when she is older. Well, she is 28 now and performing at the Comedy Connection in East Providence and one of the judges is from Sony Records who is highly interested in her. She has come a long way from when she recorded with you, It was you whom first discovered her and I'll never forget that. I'm sure she would love to talk to you, It is a contest for $5,000 and a recording session with Sony Records. The 1st leg of the semi finals is tomorrow, one next week and then the finals afterwards. I don't think she would have continued on this road if it weren't for you giving her a start in your studio. I will never forget you or the look on her face when I told her you wanted her to come to the studio! I just want you to know the kind of impact you had in my daughters life and for that I am forever greatful!
Thanks A Million!!!!
Laurie (Shannon's mom)
Review: Priceless Treasure
"Anthony....I don't even know how to begin! For the last 3 years I have asked you about having Ava's party at your studio. I couldn't wait. Well.....it finally happened and I couldn't be any happier. This was the BEST experience I have had at a kids birthday party! You are even more amazing than before (if that is possible). The productions you made over the years for the kids at Oaklawn were priceless treasures. You encompassed every emotion in them.
Well, many, many, years later I must tell you that you have not lost that touch. You have perfected it. You have given Tom and I a priceless treasure of Ava and for that we will always be grateful.
I cannot begin to say it was OUR pleasure to be able to work with you and we look forward to doing this again.
Review: A Perfect Day!!!!
Although my schedule is incredibly busy, I wanted to take the time to write you a testimonial about our experience at Reel to Real as it was just so perfect!
My daughter's 10 yr old birthday party at Reel to Real Recording Studio was the most fantastic experience! We came from Central Massachusetts to Cranston, Rhode Island for this special birthday party - and every part of it was a success! Even the drive down - with the anticipation building - was fun and relatively easy. When we arrived at the door, the experience began... the girls were thrilled at the Neon birthday greeting, the "real" recording studio atmosphere, the flowers, hats, sunglasses, etc. Anthony doesn't just run the recording studio session - he produces an incredible experience for the birthday child and her guests. He seems to have a knack for knowing how to relate with children of different ages and hits the right tone to make them feel special but not intimidated.
He is also very helpful and patient with the frenzied parent trying to plan the best possible experience for her child - and makes it easy. He's the one who remembered that I needed to order the pizza and had the phone number all set at just the right time... the parents (and grandmother) who came along had as much fun as the kids, including me! We sang along, danced, listened to the headphones and laughed... I've never been as relaxed and able to enjoy the experience" at one of my child's birthday parties, including when I've hired a birthday planner to come into my home and run a birthday party! The ride home was incredibly fun as the girls listened to their CD and laughed and sang along with it.
In summary, we have done a lot of fun birthday parties in the past - science museums, baseball games, ChuckEs, pool parties, Harry Potter, etc... but this far surpassed the others in terms of ease and fun! One of the best things about the experience was that each girl, no matter how reserved or extraverted, was made to feel special and comfortable... and left the studio with a feeling of empowerment and accomplishment and a fun memory to cherish! The girls are still raving about it two months later!
P.S. The "moms" had so much fun that we are thinking of coming back just for us!
From Elizabeth, Central MA
I have been in the television broadcast and production business all my working life. With over ten years at CBS and being the principal in ITF, Inc. my production/syndication company I can speak with experience. In my semiretirement state I became involved with an advocacy organization called RISC (Rhode Island Statewide Coalition). As a member of the board and the only person with production experience I was given the assignment to create a presentation that could be used for the RISC annual members meeting. I fortunately came upon Reel to Real and the talents of Anthony Marrapese. It was with his technical and creative talent, his state of the art studio, that contributed to the overwhelming success of the presentation. RISC is in the process of producing another presentation for 2008 and there is only one studio/talent I would hire: REEL TO REAL and Anthony Marrapese.
From Thomas M. Battista