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      11.08.2008 00:27
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      Sing along to The Sound of Music!

      Singalonga Sound of Music is a great night out.

      I've actually been to this on a few occasions, in Richmond Theatre, Prince Charles Cinema and The Cliffs Pavilion in Southend. All of them were brilliant.

      You can't go far wrong, seeing as it's basically just showing the film on a big screen and putting the words up for the songs, so that everyone can join in.

      The most fun comes in the form of the additional entertainment. There's usually a drag queen who introduces the goody bag, which includes various items to wave during the film and they also encourage everyone to shout out certain things for certain characters / scenes.

      They also usually have a fancy dress part, as so many people dress up for the occasion, then they choose a winner as to the best costume. There are usually a lot of nuns but other people are more inventive, coming along as Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With String or Girls in White Dresses with Blue Satin Sashes.

      Overall it's a good laugh and, if you love the Sound of Music, no doubt you'll love Singalonga Sound of Music!

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        17.02.2002 03:57
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        “At a matinee screening of The Sound of Music Julie Andrews is about to declare her feelings for Captain Von Trapp. But a nun suddenly interrupts the silence of the audience. "Go on Julie. Slip him the tongue," she shouts from the back of the darkened, slightly seedy cinema in London's Soho. The pair of Nazis sitting either side of her burst into bouts of camp hysterics. As does the rest of the audience dressed mainly in crumpled lederhosen fashioned from old curtains. Seconds later the entire auditorium is on its feet singing "Cliiiiimb EVV-ryyy MOUN-tain!" at the top of its collective voice.” Sadly this wasn’t me, but what I would give to be that nun and have this claim to fame. Yes, guys and gals I am a cult Julie fan (one of many it would seem when considering the applause received recently when a friend and I ran up to the screen in the middle of “The Princess Diaries” to plant a huge smacker on Julie’s forehead). I think Julie Andrews is fan-bloomin-tastic and nearly had an orgasm when she was on Open House with Gloria Hunniford (2:20 most weekdays on Channel 5) and they announced a phone in... this was then followed by a suicidal moment when after 10 minutes of me harassing some poor woman at the call centre I was informed it was a dang repeat! Anyway, hopefully by now you will understand just how much admiration I have for Julie, and also for her films. She’s well-known for her starring roles in many hit films including “Mary Poppins”, “The Princess Diaries” and “The Americanization of Emily” and she’s also had much success in the theatre, with smash-hit roles in the likes of “My Fair Lady”, “The Boyfriend” and “Victor/Victoria”. Her acting is second to none but her most remarkable feature definitely has to be her voice. It was her beautiful silvery tones, combined with an excellent score (written by the mag
        nificent Rogers and Hammerstein), oh and some very convinving co-stars that has made The Sound of Music stay in the hearts of millions as the worlds number one musical. The Sound of Music is one of the best loved films of all time (although shockingly it was only voted into the 40’s in a recent poll of the best films ever in Channel 4 – honestly some people have no respect!) and 37 years after it was first released the worldwide fanbase is still growing. Surprisingly it was only August of 1999 when SING-A-LONG Sound of Music made it’s debut at the Prince Charles Cinema in London. Yes, that’s right you heard me correctly, some god/goddess, hit upon the idea of playing the film with subtitles and encouraging the audience to sing-a-long. Your dreams HAVE come true and at last that uncontrollable urge to burst into song when watching SOFM can be fully satisfied! At last you can spend the evening in a theatre with friends, family and Julie followers, heckle the bad guys (the baronness, Rolf and the Nazi's oh and that bitch of a house-keeper who dobs the Von Trapps in), cheer Julie and SING A LONG with the show! But of course Sing-a-long sound of music (or SOFM as I will now refer to it) is much more than just a film with subtitles and a little bit of audience participation, it’s a whole institution! To give you a little more insight I’ll tell you about a glorious experience I had around about this time last year.... <<<<<<< Enter the blood curdling scream “ERGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH” This was my friend Aimee seeing a poster for SOFM outside The Mayflower theatre in Southampton. “ERGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH” This was me finding out I had precisely 3 ½ hrs to get there from Wales. “ERGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH” This was us finding out it was sold out. However, do not fear, cult
        Julie fans will do anything to grab a slice of the fine lady and Aimee and another good friend, Laura managed to pull a few strings with some thespian friends to ensure us a ticket into the greatest night of our lives (even better than seeing Hear’say live), whilst I raced frantically across the country in order to arrive on time. For once things worked out... 7:00PM: We met in a bar near the theatre, had a stiff drink (of coke as we were already drunk with anxiety) in an attempt to steady our excited trembling. 7:15PM: Marched over to The Mayflower singing our own rendition of “16 Going On 17” (our version is titled I am a Nazi ugly and nasty... try it, you’ll see how nicely it fits in). Met with around 300 members of cult Julie and were disappointed we didn’t arrive in costume, however, being true Julie fans, swift verses from “My Favourite Things” soon helped lift our mood. 7:30PM: The doors open and the orgasm began! We rushed into this house of miracles and saw yet more costumed fans. Lots of nuns, a few teapots, a family arrived as bread an jam, an ingenuitive rascal had managed to make it as a brown paper package wrapped up with string (god knows what anyone walking past was thinking!) all the kids (this is definitely an experience for the whole family) were dressed in sailor suits (although i spied a few in Chinz curtains) and looking like the Von Trapp children. There were Lederhosen and wimples everywhere, good heavens it was like all my Christmas’s had come at once! We were led to our seats amidst a whirlwind of Lederhosen and chorus and then a spirited fan appeared on the stage and led us through a small warm up. We learnt various hand gestures – a thumbs up for the Von Trapps and a big thumbs down (combined with a booing) for the nasty nazi’s). We also learnt to hiss at the baroness (surely the most hated woman in the world?) and to cheer everytime Fraulin
        e Maria appeared – as if we didn’t already! As this master of ceremonies was speaking we were all presented with goodie bags, which include themed props, including a book of song words, and hand thingy to wave at the Nazi’s, edelweiss and some sweets. There were also a couple of leaflets about the show (now given pride of place in the poster collage on my bedroom wall!). There was then a quick costume competition – the brown paper package tied up with string (which I have to say was absolutely superb) won. Shortly after we all settled down in waited in eager anticipation. This was unlike at one of the earliest shows when allegedly it turned out that the nun who won was in fact a real nun in a real habit! Wow! The usual red curtains which cover the film screen had been removed (presumably to prevent all the Julie wannabes from stealing them, nipping into the loo’s during the interval and trying to whip up a batch of “play clothes”), and the screen remained blank... and then.... all of a sudden... there was a gasp... and then the master of ceremonies began hyperventilating and whispering, “She’s coming, she’s coming, she’s coming” in the stalker like voice we all drift into when we think of Julie... and then before our very eyes... that famous skyline crept into place.... the score began... and there she was...... YES, it was JULIE!!!!!!!! From then on the whole evening was one big party, we cried, we laugh, we booed and we hissed. Throughout the film fans shouted out various one-liners only appreciated by a true Julie fan. The title was one nun’s reaction, various other nipple-wobblers included two lederhosen clad red coat type Julie followers shouting, *puts on very effeminate voice* “Ooh good girl Jules” everytime she managed a quick snog or embrace with the good captain (Christopher Plummer), “Don’t do it Liesl” when she chases Rol
        f and raptuous wolf-whistles for the nuns who tamper with the Nazi’s car. The MC led us in our heckling and we were more than encouraged to shout abuse at Rolf and the Baroness. Of course one cannot forget the singing! I am by no means blessed with a vocal talent (yes Tripley I admit you were correct but I get 11/10 for trying!) but nevertheless I joined in – knowing the songs off by heart of course – and the whole theatre was alive with favourite things and (not-so) lonely goats. For a Julie or SOFM fan the whole evening is so surreal, you really have to see it for yourself to be it’s actually happening. The SOFM is a feel-good film in itself, but add along a mass chorus of laughter, singing and fun and it’s better than morning sex! In the interview with sassy old Gloria (not) that I mentioned before, Julie confessed to never having been to the sing-a-long show but warned she intended too soon. Although she may not be able to sing much anymore (sadly she has not sung in public since 1997, when what should have been routine surgery to remove noncancerous nodules damaged her throat) I am sure she will enjoy it just as much as the rest of us. The remaining question is... what will she dress up as? Keep on Julie-ing :) www.singalonga.com www.julieandrews.tv www.julieandrews.co.uk Tour Dates 2002 *starts squealing and hyperventilating* February 2002 17th Sunday 2:00 pm Prince Charles Cinema, London 020 7420 0000 22nd Friday 7:30 pm Prince Charles Cinema, London 020 7420 0000, Theatre by the Lake, Keswick01768 77 44 11 23rd Saturday 7:30 pm Grand Theatre, Blackpool 01253 290 190 24th Sunday 2:00 pm Prince Charles Cinema, London 020 7420 0000, 7:00 pm The Victoria Hall, Stoke-on-Trent 01782 213 800 28th Thursday 7:30 pm Strode Theatre, Street 01458 442 846 March 2002 1st Friday 7:30 pm Prince Charles Cinema, London
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        s Cinema, London 020 7420 0000 5th Wednesday 7:30 pm The Apollo, Oxford 01865 243041 7th Friday 7:30 pm Prince Charles Cinema, London 020 7420 0000 9th Sunday 2:00 pm Prince Charles Cinema, London 020 7420 0000 14th Friday 7:30 pm Prince Charles Cinema, London 020 7420 0000 15th Saturday 7:00 pm Alban Arena, St Albans 01727 844 488 16th Sunday 2:00 pm Prince Charles Cinema, London 020 7420 0000 21st Friday 7:30 pm Prince Charles Cinema, London 020 7420 0000 23rd Sunday 2:00 pm Prince Charles Cinema, London 020 7420 0000 28th Friday 7:30 pm Prince Charles Cinema, London 020 7420 0000, Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate01423 502 116 30th Sunday 2:00 pm Prince Charles Cinema, London 020 7420 0000 Jul 2002 5th Friday 7:30 pm Prince Charles Cinema, London 020 7420 0000 7th Sunday 2:00 pm Prince Charles Cinema, London 020 7420 0000 8th Monday 7:45 pm Churchill Theatre, Bromley 0208 460 6677 10th Wednesday 2:00/7:00 pm The Castle, Wellingborough 01933 229022 12th Friday 7:30 pm Prince Charles Cinema, London 020 7420 0000 14th Sunday 2:00 pm Prince Charles Cinema, London 020 7420 0000 19th Friday 7:30 pm Prince Charles Cinema, London 020 7420 0000 21st Sunday 2:00 pm Prince Charles Cinema, London 020 7420 0000 26th Friday 7:30 pm Prince Charles Cinema, London 020 7420 0000 28th Sunday 2:00 pm Prince Charles Cinema, London 020 7420 0000 Aug 2002 2nd Friday 7:30 pm Prince Charles Cinema, London 020 7420 0000 4th Sunday 2:00 pm Prince Charles Cinema, London 020 7420 0000 5th Monday 7:45 pm Theatre Royal, Brighton 01273 328 488 6th Tuesday 7:45 pm Theatre Royal, Brighton 01273 328 488 9th Friday 7:30 pm Prince Charles Cinema, London 020 7420 0000 11th Sunday 2:00 pm Prince Charles Cinema, London 020 7420 0000 16th Friday 7:30 pm Prince Charles Cinema, London 020 7420 0000 18th Sunday 2:00 pm Prince Charles Cinema, London 020 7420
        0000 23rd Friday 7:30 pm Prince Charles Cinema, London 020 7420 0000 25th Sunday 2:00 pm Prince Charles Cinema, London 020 7420 0000 30th Friday 7:30 pm Prince Charles Cinema, London 020 7420 0000 Sep 2002 1st Sunday 2:00 pm Prince Charles Cinema, London 020 7420 0000 6th Friday 7:30 pm Prince Charles Cinema, London 020 7420 0000 7th Saturday 2:00/7:30 pm Grand Opera House, Belfast 02890 241 919 8th Sunday 2:00 pm Prince Charles Cinema, London 020 7420 0000 13th Friday 7:30 pm Prince Charles Cinema, London 020 7420 0000 15th Sunday 2:00 pm Prince Charles Cinema, London 020 7420 0000 20th Friday 7:30 pm Prince Charles Cinema, London 020 7420 0000 22nd Sunday 2:00 pm Prince Charles Cinema, London 020 7420 0000 27th Friday 7:30 pm Prince Charles Cinema, London 020 7420 0000 29th Snday 2:00 pm Prince Charles Cinema, London 020 7420 0000 Oct 2002 5th Saturday 7:00 pm West Cliff Theatre, Clacton-On-Sea, Essex 01255 47400 25th Friday 7:30 pm Penistone Paramount, Penistone 01226 767 532 26th Saturday 7:30 pm Penistone Paramount, Penistone 01226 767 532 Nov 2002 Monday 18th 7:30 pm Theatre by the Lake, Keswick 01768 77 44 11 Tuesday 19th 7:30 pm Theatre by the Lake, Keswick 01768 77 44 11 Friday 29th 7:00 pm Gaiety Theatre, Douglas 01624 625 001 Saturday 30th 2:00 pm/7:00 pm Gaiety Theatre, Douglas 01624 625 001

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