Channeling your inner Maria: Sing-A-Long Sound of Music comes to Austin
If you saw The Sound of Music when you were a girl and deny you ever for even a moment wanted to become a nun, I’d wager you’re fibbing. For at least a year after seeing that movie, when someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I answered quite confidently: “a nun.” Charlie’s Angels made some girls want to be cops; the romantic story of Maria and Captain von Trapp made many consider taking a different kind of oath.
After years of hoping, my love for The Sound of Music finally did bring me to a nunnery in 2003. No, I wasn’t there to give up all my worldly possessions and take a vow of chastity. I traveled to Salzburg, Austria in large part to visit the actual nunnery, Nonnberg Abbey, where the real Maria was a postulant before being swept away by Captain Georg von Trapp. I spent three glorious days in Salzburg. I of course took The Sound of Music bus tour, along with two-dozen Japanese tourists, and spent the other two days exploring other parts of the city the tour didn’t include. It was one of the best vacations I have ever been on—a wonderful trip inspired by what many believe to be one of the greatest movies ever made.
If you have ever wanted to run through the Austrian hills singing or wanted to dress up in lederhosen for an afternoon or just like a good time, you might want to get yourself a ticket to the Sing-A-Long Sound of Music. It’s an experience! I went to see it earlier this year with my husband and we had a fantastic time. First of all, getting to see that movie on the big screen is amazing. There’s also something unifying about joining in chorus with hundreds of strangers, singing time-honored classics like “The Lonely Goatherd,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” and of course “Edelweiss.” Another part of the fun involves the many people who come out to the Sing-A-Long Sound of Music in full costume. I saw many Marias, some nuns, brown paper packages tied up with strings and even a few geese with the moon on their wings.
The evening is hosted by a master of ceremonies who leads a costume parade before the movie, and may provide funny commentary during it. When I went, we were also instructed to hiss every time the Baroness or Nazis came on screen. We all were given some artificial Edelweiss, which we waved in the air as we sang along with the Captain and Liesl.
So if you’ve just been dying to put on a habit and sing "Do-Re-Mi" at the top of your lungs while Maria and the children dance in the streets of Salzburg, your opportunity is here.
You have two chances to see the Sing-A-Long Sound of Music at the Long Center for the Performing Arts on Friday November 25 at 1:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. For more information or tickets click here.