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Written By: Marcelle - Jan• 02•13

Brought To You By Madame Tussauds Hollywood

JANUARY 10, 2013 AT THE El Capitan Theatre in HOLLYWOOD



CITY OF LOS ANGELES NAMES JAN 10TH CAROL BURNETT DAY.  Hollywood, CA—Grammy nominated musical composer and director Stormy Sacks announced today that he, and The Friends of Hollywood High School Performing Arts Center, will produce a major fundraiser called “HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD…HIGH”, on January 10, 2013, 8PM at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, CA. The event will honor Hollywood High School alumnus Carol Burnett, who will be in attendance. She will be honored with the very first CAROL BURNETT HONOR OF DISTINCTION AWARD, Presented by The Hollywood High School Performing Arts Center & The El Captian Theatre and Brought To You By Madame Tussauds Hollywood. Major celebrities that attended Hollywood High School along with many of Hollywood’s biggest stars, alumni and current performing arts students will participate in this incredible evening of entertainment. Each year The Carol Burnett Honor of Distinction Award will be given to a Hollywood High Alum.

The City of Los Angeles through Councilman Tom LaBonge will proclaim Jan 10th as CAROL BURNETT DAY IN LOS ANGELES…Carol Burnett, award-winning actress and best-selling author, is widely recognized by the public and her peers for her work on stage and screen, most notably The Carol Burnett Show. Named in 2007 by TIME magazine as one of the “100 Best Television Shows of All Time”, the show ran for 11 years and received 25 Emmy Awards. Recognized for her comedic and dramatic roles on television, film and Broadway, Carol has also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and is a Kennedy Center honoree. Having penned two New York Times Bestsellers, This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection and her autobiography, One More Time, Carol’s third book, Carrie and Me: A Mother-Daughter Love Story, will be published by Simon and Schuster in April 2013.

“This is a great thrill for me. I am so proud to be a part of this effort to bring the arts to Hollywood High,” Burnett said. In tandem with required core curriculum, Hollywood High School Performing Arts Magnet provides students with invaluable access to the highest caliber performing arts programming. Outside of opportunities provided by the school, many students would have no access to the arts, and certainly not have the opportunity to participate in productions and programming of the Magnet’s superior quality.

Because of major LAUSD cutbacks, funds allotted to the Performing Arts Magnet have diminished year after year. This year there is no funding for the fall and spring productions. More than ever, there is a greater need to raise money allowing the Magnet to provide instruction and to support its annual productions.

Sacks says “This incredible school has a legacy of major movie, TV and music stars who attended or graduated, going back to Fay Wray, Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Carol Burnett, Brandy Norwood, John Ritter, Lana Turner, Charlene Tilton and Laurence Fishburne, to name a few.” Continuing that tradition of excellence the LAUSD created The Performing Arts Magnet at Hollywood High School. Ironically, due to extenuating circumstances, there was not a performing arts program at Hollywood High while Carol was a student, but she was the editor of the Hollywood High newspaper. As a student at UCLA, she fell in love with performing and the rest is history.

Sacks also stated “My vision is to have a legacy fundraising event yearly, so that the Hollywood High Performing Arts Magnet can be the training ground that supplies the industry with the most talented individuals, both on stage and behind the scenes. We hope to raise more than $100,000 so that we can provide those skills and opportunities for our students.”

Every hour of every day tour buses filled with tourists drive by the incredible gigantic mural on the school’s auditorium wall on the Highland Street side near Hollywood Boulevard. The mural shows the likeness of Carol Burnett , Laurence Fishburne, John Ritter, Brandy, Gloria Swanson Cher, Rudolph Valentino (which is where the school gets its nick name “The Sheiks”) and Judy Garland, among other famous faces. The iconic painting is a great reminder that stars were, and still are, nurtured at Hollywood High. Sacks said “ Carol is a great example and Inspiration to actors, and performers worldwide , and her contribution to the Entertainment Industry and humanity and her love for Hollywood High & the fact she graduated from Hollywood High are a few of the many reasons we are honoring her and naming this award after her.” Betty White as been set to present the award to Carol Burnett. White will attend the event and present the award to Burnett.

Stars that have already confirmed to attend and participate include:  Wendy McLendon Covey, Ed Begley Jr, Larry Minetti, Charlene Tilton, Ruta Lee, Oscar Nominee’s Renee Taylor, Joe Bologna, Aisha Tyler, Ron Masak, Charles Fleischer, Oscar Winner, Margaret O’Brien, Oscar Winner Rita Moreno, sons of anarchy star Benito Martinez, Aubrey-Anderson Emmons star of Modern Family, Leeza Gibbons, to name a few, MORE STAR CONFIRMATIONS WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN THE COMING DAYS.

About The El Capitan Theatre – Step into Hollywood’s glittering past at the Legendary El Capitan Theatre, which made its debut on May 3, 1926 as Hollywood’s first home of Spoken Drama. This grand theatre has been restored to its original elegance of Spanish Colonial exterior and boasts a colorful and lavish East Indian interior designed by renowned San Francisco architect G. Albert Lansburgh. In 1941, Orson Welles’ Academy Award winning CITIZEN KANE made its World Premiere at the El Capitan. As an exclusive first run theatre for Walt Disney Studios, today the El Capitan Theatre sets a new standard for World Premieres, live stage shows, Disney attractions, and other special events that have helped restore showmanship to Hollywood Blvd.

For more information and to buy tickets for this event, visit or or call 1-800-DISNEY6 ……TICKETS FOR THIS EVENT GO ON SALE NOV 1, 2012


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