Special screenings of ‘Aida,’ ‘Sound of Music’ planned

Audience members can dress as their favorite characters and sing-along with subtitles during Wednesday’s screening of “The Sound of Music” at the Phillips Center. (Courtesy of “Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music”)

Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 6:24 p.m.

It’s the audience that will come alive in a special screening of “The Sound of Music” on Wednesday. And the screening of an Austrian production of “Aida” will present one of the grandest of all grand opera productions to local audiences on Sunday.


Specticast — Giuseppe Verdi’s ‘Aida’

What: Specticast screening of Verdi’s grand opera taped during a large-scale performance on an outdoor stage in Austria
When: 3 p.m. Sunday
Where: Phillips Center, 315 Hull Road
Tickets: $15 adults
Info: 392-2787, www.performingarts.ufl.edu

‘Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music’
What: Audience members sing-along, and dress as their favorite characters for a costume competition, in special screening of the 1965 movie musical
When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Phillips Center, 315 Hull Road
Tickets: $15 adults, $10 ages 11 and younger
Info: 392-2787, www.performingarts.ufl.edu

Both are special screenings set for this week at the Phillips Center, where a large screen on the main stage will present the glories of each in full high-definition and sound.

SPECTICAST — GIUSEPPE’S “AIDA”: Giuseppe Verdi’s “Aida” may be in four acts instead of the usual five-act operas that are typically described as “grand,” but it’s hard to imagine a more grand production of the opera about forbidden love than the one that will be screened Sunday with English subtitles at the Phillips Center.

Recorded during a performance at the Opera Festival St. Margarethen in Austria, the production features more than 400 participants and includes elephants and horses onstage along with pyrotechnic special effects.

The screening starts at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Phillips Center. Tickets are $15.

“SING-A-LONG-A SOUND OF MUSIC”: The “Rocky Horror Picture Show” loses its sole claim to fun, interactive movie screenings thanks to this special screening of “The Sound of Music” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

You may know the 1965, classic movie musical with Julie Andrews as well as Leonard Maltin, but when was the last time you dressed up as one of the characters and attended a screening presented with subtitles, just so everybody can sing-along as part of the fun? Participating in more ways than one is part of the fun in this production, which is billed as having “no rules.”

While the hope is everyone in the audience sings along to “Do-Re-Mi,” “My Favorite Things” and other tunes from the famed musical (and with the on-screen subtitles, there’s no excuse not to), attendees are also invited to attend in costume, though it’s not mandatory. A costume parade and competition is planned onstage before the screening, so all of you who are considering dressing as Captain von Trapp, a nun or even Maria herself, will have plenty of company.

Tickets to the 7:30 p.m. screening are $15 for adults, $10 for children 11 and younger.

For tickets or more information on either screening, call 392-2787 or see www.performingarts.ufl.edu.

Contact Entertainment Editor Bill Dean at 374-5039 or at bill.dean@gvillesun.com, and follow on Twitter @SceneBillDean.

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