The hills are alive … with the sound of Orcas islanders singing their hearts out.
“The Sing-a-Long Sound of Music” is coming to Orcas Center, on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. This is the first time the center has held a sing-a-long event.
This screening of the classic Julie Andrews film musical is in full-screen technicolor, complete with subtitles so that the whole audience can sing along.
“Who doesn’t love the musical and how can anyone resist an invitation to sing along?” said Orcas Center Director Kara O’Tool, who grew up watching the movie. “As a tone-deaf singer I am super excited knowing I won’t be shushed and no one will be able to comment on me being off key since it doesn’t matter.”
The film is based on the Broadway musical “The Sound of Music,” with songs written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. It contains many popular songs, including “Edelweiss,” “My Favorite Things,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen,” and “The Lonely Goatherd,” as well as the title song.
It’s a chance to let your inner nun, goat-herder or fraulein out and sing with other islanders who grew up entranced by the sight and sound of Julie Andrews racing up green hills surrounded by the majestic alps.
The upcoming show will be hosted by well-known singer and songwriter Susan Osborn. She also has a background of singing while wearing a habit.
Osborn has appeared in two musicals on the Orcas Center stage – “Nunsense” and “Nuncrackers” as Mother Superior.
“Known as a concert performer, this role was her first acting and singing in musical theatre and she had the audience laughing, as she is naturally funny, has warmth and a seasoned command of the stage,” said Deborah Sparks, theatre productions director. “We thought it would be a hoot to bring her back as a nun to host ‘The Sing-a-long Sound of Music’ as the live introduction has audience participation and a singing warm-up that promises to be entertaining and fun.”
Osborn will lead the audience through some vocal exercises and will provide “comic relief.”
“The important thing is to sing out whether doing it correctly or not,” she said.
The upcoming show has been playing across the globe with more than 10,000 performances in 11 different countries.
O’Toole said there will also be a costume contest, so wear your best lederhosen or nun habit. Everyone will also receive a free fun pack with special props for the “magic moments” in the show.
“In the end we will get to sing together as a community,” said Osborn. “We don’t have that many chances to do that.”
Tickets are $18 for adults, $5 for students, $2 off for Orcas Center members and may be purchased at www.orcascenter.org or by calling 376-2281 ext. 1 or visiting the Orcas Center Box Office. For more info, visit www.orcascenter.org.