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Getting in on the act

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What: Sound of Music Sing-A-Long

When: 1 pm Sun., Nov. 19

Where: Lincoln Theatre, Mount Vernon

Cost: $15-$20

Info: http://www.lincolntheatre.org

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Last week, my officemate and I spent a few minutes of our deadline countdown belting out verses from “My Favorite Things.”

It may not have been the appropriate time or place to croon about “raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens” or “bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens,” but once we started singing the hit from The Sound of Music, it was difficult to stop.

Truth be told, I could’ve sung the entire canon from the 1965 Academy Award-winning musical starring a dewy-eyed Julie Andrews and stern-to-soulful Christopher Plummer. I’ve seen the film approximately 1,000 times, went on a themed tour when I visited Salzburg in my late teens, and have spent many Christmases with the movie playing in the background while the feast was being prepared.

I’ve even gotten in on the act. A couple of summers ago, I attended a “Sound of Music Singalong” at the multiplex with a couple of theatrically minded gal-pals who were equally enamored of the story about a wannabee nun in Austria who falls in love with a widowed naval officer after signing up to be a governess to his seven children. Along the way, the new family heals their various psychic wounds through the power of music, escapes the Nazi takeover of their beloved homeland and sings a whole lot of memorable songs.

Being a part of the action was a liberating experience. Instead of having to bite our tongues during songs such as “Maria,” “I Have Confidence,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “The Lonely Goatherd,” and “Edelweiss,” we were able to express ourselves both loudly and dramatically. In case we missed a phrase, subtitles were provided to get us back on track.

At the annual pre-Thanksgiving “Sing-A-Long Sound of Music” taking place Sun., Nov. 19 at Mount Vernon’s Lincoln Theatre, the event moves the audience interaction a step further. In addition to providing the subtitles during the screening—not that you’ll need them—hosts Don Wick and Dave Cross will also lead participants through a vocal warmup and give a comprehensive guide to the accompanying actions and use of an interactive fun pack that will be provided to all ticket-holders.

Additionally, costumes are encouraged, as is dancing in aisles. At past iterations of the cinematic collaboration with the Children’s Museum of Skagit County, attendees have dressed up as anything and everything represented in the film, whether it’s Mother Abbess, Liesl, a goat herder, alps or Captain Von Trapp.

An ensuing costume parade has been known to send audiences into a frenzy, and those who are liberated from the typical constraints of attending a movie make the most of their time in the spotlight, whether they’re singing about a few of their favorite things or yodeling their hearts out.

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