BEVERLY — Signs of support for Angela Miller have literally been popping up all over the city over the last few weeks.
Last night, that hometown spirit erupted inside the auditorium of the school from which the 19-year-old “American Idol” star graduated less than a year ago.
About 600 people waved signs, stamped their feet and cheered wildly as their Angie performed from Hollywood on “American Idol” as it was shown live on a big screen at Beverly High School.
Their loyalty was rewarded when Miller, who had been informed of the hometown rally via a text from her best friend, Lydia Hester, held up a handwritten sign that read “Shout out to Beverly High School.”
“She was amazing, obviously,” Hester said after Miller’s rendition of “Bring Me to Life” by Evanescence. “She killed it.”
“That last note was the money note,” senior Carly Moffie said. “I was waiting for that.”
The “community rally” in support of Miller was thrown together quickly, but it went off seamlessly and attracted a good-sized crowd, nearly filling the 750-seat auditorium.
Principal Sean Gallagher, wearing a black-and-orange “Team Angie” T-shirt, served as host (“Sean Seacrest,” as Assistant Principal Dan Bauer called him), and more than a dozen Beverly High students took turns singing songs during the commercial breaks.
“It was like the Super Bowl. People looked forward to the commercials,” Gallagher said afterward. “It was awesome. What a great night for the community.”
The auditorium was filled not just with high school students but with kids as young as 6 or 7 and a few grandparents. Susanne Macdonald of Beverly said that when she heard about the event, she immediately thought of bringing her 12-year-old niece, Mackenzie Robertson of Danvers.
“I’ve been following Angie’s story, and she’s a great role model for young women who are interested in music and singing,” Macdonald said. “I love that she’s a role model and she’s only 19.”