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A Rock 'n Roll Fundraiser for the Abbey of Regina Laudis Featuring the Sensational 50's Group Sha Na Na on Friday, September 21, 2012 at La Bella Vista at the Ponte Club, Waterbury CT / Doors open at 6:00 PM The sensational 50's singing group Sha Na Na will be bringing its Rock 'n Roll celebration to Waterbury CT for a sock hop to benefit the Abbey of Regina Laudis' New
Horizons Renovation Project, a $ 4 million building project launched to address critical issues of safety, accessibility, insufficient living space, energy efficiency and deteriorating structures at the Abbey. Renovations include handicap-accessible bathrooms, the installation of an elevator to provide easier access for elderly or infirm members, two new staircases for fire egress, a sprinkler system and the enlargement of living spaces to enable the Abbey to accommodate the young women who are asking to enter religious life at Regina Laudis, assuring the future of the monastery. Why are these 50's greasers performing at a benefit for a Benedictine Abbey? One of founder and current member of Sha Na Na. The Abbey has another important connection to the music of the 50's, namely with the undisputed King of Rock 'n Roll, Elvis Presley. Mother Dolores Hart, the Prioress of Regina Laudis, is the actress who co-starred with Elvis in the films Loving You and King Creole and was recently featured in the 2012 HBO Academy Award nominated documentary God is the Bigger Elvis. Mother Dolores is looking forward to speaking with you and signing autographs at the Sha Na Na fundraiser. The group Sha Na Na, whose name comes from the Silhouettes' hit, "Get A Job", has a
history that spans four decades. The original members were undergraduates at New York's Columbia University who performed a cappella versions of 50's rock songs. Adding instruments and dancing, they became on overnight success: the seventh gig of their career was at the original Woodstock Festival. They starred in Grease, one of the most successful Rock 'n Roll film musicals ever, and hosted the Sha Na Na TV series for four years. Sha Na Na's act, a show for the entire family, includes audience participation such as the Greaser Olympics and more surprises. The event for Regina Laudis will be a sock hop, so guys: grease up!
And gals: wear your poodle skirts and bobby sox for a chance to win the 50's costume contest! Tickets are $150 and include Dinner, Concert, Dancing, and a Silent Auction. Advance Sales Only. Special ticket prices: $25 children under 18. Seniors $50. Call for tickets.