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April 3, 2013

Rallying around Angie

Community to gather at Beverly High tonight for 'Idol'

Call it Angie fever.

As Angela Miller continues to advance on “American Idol,” the city has ramped up its support for the 19-year-old Beverly High School graduate.

Tonight, the public is invited to attend a community rally at the high school, where large screens will be set up for people to watch the show and root for Miller.

Beverly High singers and musicians, many of whom performed with Miller in the high school musical last year, will perform live during the commercials.

“This community is really rallying behind her,” Principal Sean Gallagher said.

The event will go from 7:30 to about 10:15 p.m. “American Idol” is on from 8 to 10 p.m. There is no charge to attend.

Gallagher said school officials aren’t sure how many people will show up, but screens will be in both the cafeteria and auditorium to accommodate an overflow crowd.

School officials have invited cast members from the school’s recent performance of “West Side Story,” as well as members of the chorus and bands, to perform during the commercial breaks.

“We want to make it a fun, festive event,” Gallagher said.

Gallagher said the event will go until about 10:15 p.m. in order to give people time to vote for Miller. The voting begins when the show ends at 10 p.m.

Miller is one of seven finalists on “American Idol,” a show that attracts about 17 million viewers. The seven contestants will perform tonight, followed by another show tomorrow night when it will be revealed which singer will not advance to the next round, as determined by the public’s vote.

Miller has captured the attention of not only her hometown but the entire country with her rise to stardom on “American Idol.” Last year at this time, she was performing in “Thoroughly Modern Millie” at Beverly High School.

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