If you can complete that lyric, then you need to be at the Royal Cinema next Tuesday to unabashedly sing along to a special screening of The Sound of Music. The CBC is hosting the event to celebrate next weekend’s debut of How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?, the new series that seeks to cast the lead role of Maria von Trapp in the upcoming staging of The Sound of Music, produced by David Mirvish, David Ian, and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Gavin Crawford, comedian and host of the series, will emcee the evening, and will be joined by the von Trapp great-grandchildren—Justin, Amanda, Melanie and Sofia—who will distribute theatrical props to the audience at key moments. If it’s even possible to forget the lyrics to such a ubiquitous classic, subtitles will keep you on cue.
If that doesn’t already sound like more fun than Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, the first fifty fans who arrive dressed in homage to their favourite Sound of Music character, object, or song will receive passes to a live taping of the CBC show. Past entrants at similar events for the original BBC Maria series included a lonely goatherd, folks in white dresses with blue satin sashes, and even a guy named Ray dressed as a drop of golden sun. The more inventive your costume, the better—so don’t just take the easy route with a nun’s habit—because the best costumes, as judged by the show’s Maria finalists, will bag one of a slate of prizes including books, DVDs and tickets to the stage production. Celebrity vocal coach Elaine Overholt will also be on hand to reward the best singers in the audience. Everyone in attendance will be eligible to win a grand prize of a trip for two to Austria.
Showtime at the Royal (608 College Street) starts at 7:00 p.m. The event is free, but space is limited so be there early.
Photo of Gavin Crawford and Andrew Lloyd Webber courtesy of the CBC.