This is somewhat a continuation of my last post but was initially meant to be posted in November when I saw the movie.
I have seen this movie many times, but never like this! I have a new friend, Elizabeth whom I met through a mutual friend, Andy. And Elizabeth imparted to me something that I had heard rumors about in the darkened alleyways of Chicago (tee hee, can you imagine me trolling around in the darkened alleyways of Chicago? Sorry, but the visual makes me giggle)… The Sound of Music, as a sing-along event at the historic Musicbox Theater… Every year… Around Thanksgiving… Shhhhh. It’s a secret!
Actually it isn’t but it was the first time I had heard where it actually was going down. And Elizabeth was kind enough to invite me the day after Thanksgiving. I felt yucky (see my post about Thanksgiving), but I really wanted to go see this classic and be free to sing the songs I love to my heart’s contentment.
So we went. And it was better than I ever dreamed it could be! Here’s why:
- First, The Music Box Theater is not a multiplex monstrosity. It is a vintage theater. There is nothing like seeing a classic movie in a classic setting. I recommend this experience to any Chicago dwellers. The only downside is that they serve Coke products and I am a Diet Pepsi girl. Oh and the bathroom is tiny. And the seats aren’t as comfy as at the Multiplex, but aside from those minor issues, this place is great!
- Second, did I mention sing-along? They handed out little bags with props we could use as we sang, such as a tiny sprig of edelweiss, or a confetti popper for Maria and the Captain’s first kiss… So fun!
- Third, people were in costume! The winners of the contest before the movie began was a group of lonely goat herders! I guess you had to be there.
- Fourth, I love the Sound of Music. I knew this part going in. Enough said.
- Fifth, there were people of all ages there and we all loved the movie. We all sang! And while if may not have sounded as great as a choir or something, we all had fun doing it. There is a kind of magic in that kind of group experience that is utterly amazing. It’s the ultimate feeling of togetherness and unity. Very warm and fuzzy.
- Sixth, the best part about this experience was the wonder of it. I felt like a little kid again. And lately, that has been a very elusive feeling for me. The entire theater was rife with that feeling. And there was romance too. It shimmered in the air. That in this day and age, that many people are captivated by the innocence of that romance. Without explicit scenes. Maria and the Captain make you believe that there is this amazing thing called love out there, waiting for you and it will help you through everything including a Nazi invasion and a trek through the Alps to a life of freedom. It made this cynical old maid feel pretty good.
This movie, like Beauty and the Beast, addresses issues of good versus evil and not to judge something without trying to know what it is. It tackles the idea that people need to stand up for what the believe, and make sacrifices for love. But since I went on and on in the last post about those themes, I just wanted to share my orange peel that is I really had an amazing time simply singing along to the Sound of Music on the big screen.
And I couldn’t resist interpreting this picture and sharing what I think was going on in their heads…