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April 3, 2013

Rallying around Angie

Community to gather at Beverly High tonight for 'Idol'

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North Shore Music Theatre owner Bill Hanney gave an indication of how dramatic Miller’s ascent has been when he told the City Council on Monday night that Miller and her mother, Tana, auditioned for roles in “Hello, Dolly!” last year and were not selected.

“That shows what we know,” Hanney said.

Signs supporting Miller have sprung up all around Beverly over the last few weeks, and “Angie’s Team” T-shirts have become a big seller.

Two Centerville School fifth-graders, Kristen Kalivas and Ella Colten, raised money to have two banners made in support of Miller. They put one of them up at Harry Ball Field, directly across from Miller’s house on Essex Street, and another at Cahill Park next to the Centerville School.

“They wanted her to feel the love and support from our city,” said Holly Kalivas, Kristen’s mother.

Gallagher said Miller has been rehearsing 10 to 12 hours per day in California, where the show is based, and Fox TV has kept her mostly off-limits to the outside world. But he said her friends have been texting her about tonight’s rally at the high school.

“We want her to know going into (tonight’s) performance that this entire community is behind her,” he said.

If Miller makes it to the final three contestants, she will return to Beverly so that “American Idol” can tape a “homecoming” segment.

Gin Wallace, executive director of Beverly Main Streets, said those events are tightly controlled by Fox.

“They tell you what to do, then they rely on the community to make it happen,” Wallace said. “We kind of have to wait and see what they tell us.”

She is enthusiastic about Miller’s chances: “We know she’s going to make it to the top three,” she said.

Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or pleighton@salemnews.com.

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