Sing-along musicals at Colonial

Mar 07, 2013
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Belfast — The downtown Colonial Theatre is planning some family fun via two sing-along movie showings, complete with a follow-the-bouncing-ball format so audience members can join in the singing during these much-loved musical classics.

“The Wizard of Oz”

First up Monday, March 18, at 7 p.m. will be "The Wizard of Oz," made in 1939. This screening is offered in honor of Disney's new Oz movies, which is a prequel to the classic. Everyone is invited to come enjoy this iconic story with Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, the wizard, witches and munchkins while joining in to sing "Over the Rainbow," "Ding-Dong the Witch is Dead," "Follow the Yellow Brick Road," "If I Only Had a Brain" and all the rest.

In attendance will be local singers to lead and encourage the audience. There will be a costume contest at 6:30 p.m., with special prizes for those who come as the tornado. Suggested donation at the door is $1 to $10, will benefit the Colonial's Digital Conversion Fund.

"The Sound of Music”

The second offering will be Monday, April 1, at 6:30 p.m. when the movie featured will be Rodgers & Hammerstein's "The Sound of Music.” The 1965 film stars Julie Andrews as the charming governess/ex-novice nun who marries into the singing family of Captain von Trapp, played by Christopher Plummer. The only Best Picture Oscar winner thus far to feature nuns, Nazis and children in lederhosen, “The Sound of Music” features singable tunes including "The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Music," "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria," "Climb Every Mountain" and "Eidelweiss." Again, fabulous singers will be on hand to lead, a costume contest will precede, and donations at the door will benefit the digital fund. "The Sound of Music" runs nearly three hours, hence the earlier start time.

No reservations are taken for these special screenings. Doors will open 45 minutes before the show times. For more information, call the theater office at 338-5087.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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