Updated: September 24, 2012 7:42AM
If one of your favorite things is the movie “The Sound of Music,” then you’ll want to be at The Pavilion at Wolf Lake in Hammond on Saturday, Aug. 25, for a unique special event: the “Sing-a-Long Sound of Music.”
You might also want to start preparing your outfit, because the way the audience dresses for this event is another unique feature which adds to the fun. Audience members are encouraged, but not required, to dress as something, anything, related to the film.
You are likely to see folks in Bavarian-style lederhosen or Nazi uniforms, girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes, even mountains, and numerous nuns in traditional black and white habits.
In fact, the evening’s emcee, Linda Gajewski, is getting back into an old habit.
“Many years ago at St. John the Baptist in Whiting, we did a version of (the film) ‘Sister Act’ as a fundraiser. Just about every faculty member, including the men, were dressed as nuns. ... A few years ago some of us heard about the ‘Sing-a-Long Sound of Music’ at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, and since we liked the movie and still had the nun costumes, a group of us went. The theater was packed. A lot of people came in costume. There was even a costume contest. We didn’t win — another group of nuns had car parts — but we had so much fun,” said Gajewski.
As emcee, she will host a pre-show introduction that includes things like leading the audience in a vocal warm-up and giving instructions for the audience’s interactive role which is a fun part of this version of the film. Things like hissing at the bad guys, the Nazis, and saying “awww” to comments by the adorable youngest child, Gretl, are part of the schtick of these film showings.
Also, the first 200 people to buy tickets will get a goody bag with additional props to use at specific times during the film.
“For instance when I saw the show the goody bag included a party popper that you popped when they had their first kiss,” said Gajewski.
Don’t know the words to the songs? No problem. The lyrics are printed on the screen in subtitle fashion.
The “Sing-a-Long Sound of Music” premiered in 2000 in Manhattan. From there it became a popular hit as it moved around the country, and even had several sell-out performances to 18,000 people at the Hollywood Bowl.
The sing-a-long version of the 46-year-old film has become an annual event at several theaters, including Chicago’s Music Box Theatre.
Bring your own chairs, food and beverages to Saturday’s event. There will be no vendors on site.
The show will begin at 7 p.m. and last until about 11 p.m. Tickets are $5, and can be purchased at the gate. The Pavilion at Wolf Lake is at 2324 Calumet Avenue in Hammond.
To borrow lines from two songs in the film: “I Have Confidence” that this will be “Something Good.”