Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Palace is Alive, With the Sound of Music


Artwork courtesy of the Palace.
The Palace Theater will come alive with the ‘Sound of Music’ when the performing arts center presents the launch of the national tour of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Sing-A-Long Sound of Music on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 4 pm. 

An interactive event for the entire family, Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music is a screening of the classic Julie Andrews film in full-screen Technicolor presented with subtitles so that the audience can sing along. The show starts with a vocal warm-up led by the evening’s host, who also takes the audience through their complimentary ‘magic moments pack,’ which contains various props to be used at strategic points throughout the film. 

The evening will also feature a fancy-dress competition in which everyone who has arrived in costume is invited onto the stage to show off their fantastic tailoring skills. Previous entries have included nuns of bother genders, lonely goatherds, girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes and other famous items listed among Maria’s ‘favorite things.”

For the ultimate Sound of Music fan, the Palace Theater is offering a limited $50 VIP ticket package, which includes prime loge/box seating to the show and a post-show dessert reception by Sweet Maria's Bakery, which will include a “meet-and-greet” with the show’s host.

Regular tickets are $15, $25, and $35, and can be purchased by phone at 203-346-2000, online at www.palacetheaterct.org, and in person at the box office, 100 East Main St., Waterbury. Groups of 15 or more qualify for discounted rates and should call the group sales hotline at 203-346-2011.

Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music began running at the Prince Charles Cinema in London’s West End in 1999, and has remained there ever since. Today, the show is considered a worldwide hit, playing to packed houses across the globe with more than 10,000 performances in nine different countries. To date, celebrity fans include Dan Ackroyd, Carrie Fisher, Elton John (who held a private birthday screening), Debbie Reynolds, Hugh Grant and Joan Collins. 

The Palace Theater’s presentation of Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music is sponsored in by Naugatuck Savings Bank and WATR Radio.

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