Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

September 5, 2013

AHS Show Choir has plenty to sing about


The Andover Townsman

---- — The Andover High School Show Choir has a busy weekend on tap.

On Saturday, the vocalists are booked to perform during Andover Day in the afternoon.

Then, they and the Andover High Chamber Choir will head over to North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly for a performance as part of Voices of Hope’s fifth annual Fall Gala.

The 100-member Voices of Hope, a local organization dedicated to raising funds for cancer research through music and dance, is led by Andover natives Mark Mercer as orchestral director and Beth Kennedy as choreographer. Since 2009, the organization has brought local musical theater performers together to raise more than $185,000 to support cancer research.

This is the third year the high school vocalists have been invited back to perform with Voices of Hope. The event has been held in Boston the past two years.

The Voices of Hope program — titled “Unfinished” — will feature a tribute to performers Donna Summer, Laverne Andrews of the Andrew Sisters, George Harrison of the Beach Boys and Dan Fogelberg, whose succumbed to cancer. It will include selections from the late performers as well as pieces from Gershwin, Hammerstein and Broadway musicals.

The fundraiser starts at 7 p.m. with a cocktail reception and silent auction in the theater lobby. The performance starts at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $35 to $75 and are available by contacting the North Shore Music Theatre box office at 978-232-7200 or online at www.nsmt.org. Proceeds will benefit the Termeer Center for Targeted Therapies at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. For more information, visit www.voicesofhopeboston.org.