Julie Andrews to participate in fundraiser for schools; `The Hills Are Alive' draws star of stage and screen.Byline: Richard Duckett
A special guest will be listening to the sound of music as students from Worcester public schools perform at Mechanics Hall Mechanics Hall (and variants Mechanic's Hall and Mechanics' Hall) may refer to:
Julie Andrews Dame Julie Elizabeth Andrews, DBE (born Julia Elizabeth Wells on 1 October 1935) is an award-winning English actress, singer, author and cultural icon. has agreed to attend the concert - appropriately titled "The Hills Are Alive" - which is a fundraiser for the Worcester Educational Development Foundation.
Andrews will introduce the concert and will be the guest at a pre-show reception. The show will feature singers, dancers, bands and an orchestra from Worcester public schools.
"We're beyond thrilled; we're ecstatic that someone as well-known as Julie Andrews has committed herself to furthering our students' education," said Frances Arena, manager of curriculum management and development for the Worcester public schools and a board member of the foundation. The sole purpose of the nonprofit A corporation or an association that conducts business for the benefit of the general public without shareholders and without a profit motive.
Nonprofits are also called not-for-profit corporations. Nonprofit corporations are created according to state law. foundation is to support Worcester public schools.
Andrews, 72, has had a starred career on the stage (including "My Fair Lady" and "Camelot") and screen. She won an Academy Award for Best Actress for "Mary Poppins" in 1964, and a year later played Maria von Trapp Maria Augusta von Trapp (née Kutschera; January 26 1905 – March 28 1987) was the matriarch of the Trapp Family Singers. Her story and that of her family's escape from the Nazis after the Anschluss was the inspiration for the musical The Sound of Music. in the movie version of "The Sound of Music."
In 1997, what should have been routine surgery to remove benign nodules Nodules
A small mass of tissue in the form of a protuberance or a knot that is solid and can be detected by touch.
Mentioned in: Leprosy damaged her throat to the point that Andrews (who had a rare four-octave coloratura soprano Noun 1. coloratura soprano - a lyric soprano who specializes in coloratura vocal music
soprano - a female singer singing voice) can no longer sing.
She has recently been working on her autobiography, which will be published soon.
Arena said sheer persistence on the part of Janet Mathieu, community outreach specialist for Worcester public schools and a foundation volunteer, led to Andrews agreeing to come to the concert. Mathieu placed many calls to Andrews' manager, Arena said.
But Andrews proved perfectly amenable AMENABLE. Responsible; subject to answer in a court of justice liable to punishment. . "She (Andrews) really wants to support the arts," Arena said.
The April 3 concert is tentatively scheduled to start at 7 p.m.
Further details will be announced shortly, Arena said. For more information, call (508) 799-3479.