Chicago’s Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport, ushers in spring with festive Easter weekend matinees of the ever-popular Sing-A-Long Sound of Music and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

image003Chicago’s Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport, ushers in spring with festive Easter weekend matinees of the ever-popular Sing-A-Long Sound of Music and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

SING-A-LONG SOUND OF MUSIC Saturday, March 30, 2 p.m.

Sing-A-Long Sound of Music beckons friends and families to the Music Box for an Easter weekend matinee. The spirited audience-participation event includes a presentation of the 1962 Rogers & Hammerstein movie musical The Sound of Music in glorious Technicolor and full-screen Cinemascope. Lyrics are projected on the screen during the movie so that the audience can easily sing along to “Do-Re-Me,” “Edelweiss” and, of course, “My Favorite Things.” The film is preceded by a hosted warm-up and a “fancy-dress” costume contest. Shows Saturday, March 20, 2pm. $12.50 ($8 for kids 12 and under).

www.musicboxtheatre.com/events/sound-of-music-2013-03-30-200-pm

image005MUSIC BOX’S EASTER SPECIAL featuring WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Sunday, March 31, 2 p.m.

After hunting Easter eggs or brunch, friends and family are invited to the Music Box to see the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, complete with costume contest and awesome goodie bags. Music Box is pulling out all the stops and welcoming the spring with this special presentation. Pig out on candy, wear your best Veruca (or Augustus!) costume and join in with the rest of the audience as the emcee leads the house in pre-show singing. $12 general admission. www.musicboxtheatre.com/events/willy-wonka-and-the-chocolate-factory-2013-03-31-200-pm

The entire Music Box Spring Calendar is available online at www.musicboxtheatre.com/assets/calendars/MusicBox_Spring2013_FINAL-LoRes.pdf

Dennis Scott, Music Box Theatre’s house organist, is an internationally known silent film organist dubbed the “Master of Magic Notes” by Suzanne Lloyd, granddaughter of the comic genius Harold Lloyd. Scott began accompanying silent films in the 1970s, when he started playing theater pipe organs installed in pizza parlors in the Midwest and the West Coast. He is a co-founder of the Silent Film Society of Chicago. Ongoing at the Music Box, he plays weekend intermissions, the annual Sing-Along Sound of Music, Sing-Along Grease, Valentine’s Day Sing-Along and the acclaimed Music Box Christmas Sing-Along, a Chicago holiday tradition for nearly 30 years. For Music Box’s Second Saturday Silent Cinema Series, Scott accompanies

a classic silent film, live, at noon on the second Saturday of each month on the Music Box Theatre organ. The series was named the “Best New Film Series of 2011” by Chicago magazine and “Best Matinee Film Series of 2012” by the Chicago Reader.

About the Music Box Theatre: For nearly 30 years the Music Box Theatre has been the premier venue in Chicago for independent and foreign films, festivals and some of the greatest cinematic events in Chicago. It currently has the largest cinema space operated full time in the city. The Music Box Theatre is independently owned and operated by the Southport Music Box Corporation. SMBC, through its Music Box Films division, also distributes foreign and independent films in the theatrical, DVD and television markets throughout the United States. For additional information please visit www.musicboxtheatre.com . Download the entire Music Box Theatre Spring Calendar here: www.musicboxtheatre.com/assets/calendars/MusicBox_Spring2013_FINAL-LoRes.pdf