Join me at The Sound of Music Sing Along!

Illustration by Violet Ferranti

Illustration by Violet Ferranti


Let’s start at the very beginning. That’s how the song Do-Re-MI begins in The Sound of Music, and that’s how I want to explain why I’m going to be singing along with The Sound of Music at Madison Junior School friday night. It’s just the songs, no movie or performance, but there will be song leaders and lyrics for all!

It starts with Madison Music and Arts, the parent volunteer group that supports arts programs in the Madison school district. I am one of those parents and have proudly served on the MMA board for the last few years. Last January, in a Hamilton-induced fever, the MMA sponsored a Hamilton Sing Along. It was so much fun, we decided to do it again. This time, the songs from The Sound of Music are featured.

I’ve had dreams of being a Maria to my seven children since I was a child myself. Sure, I only have four kids, and I’m just their boring old mom, not their fun governess. But they’ve never stuck a frog in my pocket, so I guess that’s okay.

I even tried to recreate that scene in Do-Re-Mi from the movie, where they ride their bikes in formation as they learn how to make music. But my kids have inherited a bit more of my clumsiness than my love of musicals, and some kept falling off of their bikes while others kept running over fallen siblings (no bones were broken in the attempt, miraculously).

A few years ago, it was over the moon (or was it on my wild goose wing?) when two of my daughters were cast in a local production of The Sound of Music. There was not a dry eye in the house when my older daughter, as the Mother Abbess, sang Climb Ev’ry Mountain, and everyone giggled when my younger daughter recreated the obsessively bowing second prize winner in the music competition from which the Von Trapps escape.

Now, we can all join in singing these beloved songs at the sing along. I’ll be your host on friday and a gaggle of Sound of Music superfine students and teachers will help us stay on the melody. We’ve chosen 10 great songs from the musical and everyone is implored to sing along. Costumes are encouraged and all ages are welcome!

Beth McConnellComment