Have you ever wondered what it’s like to get picked from the audience to go on stage and be part of a show? Well, you’re about to find out. It all started on a Sound of Music tour in Salzburg, Austria…
Before the tour began I took a funicular ride to the castle, which is high above the city. From there I had a panoramic view of Salzburg. I continue to be surprised by all the steep climbs there are around castles. I think I forget that they were built a long time ago and the convenience of visitors many years later probably wasn’t a priority!
Later on, when I was on the special Sound of Music tour (with dinner), everywhere we went we were told things like “The children and Julie Andrews sang ‘Do-Re-Mi’ here.” I was thrilled to see these important sights. I‘d heard that people in Austria weren’t familiar with the movie, but that doesn’t seem to be true now.
The tour concluded with a dinner, and performers sang songs from The Sound of Music, as well as a little Mozart music. During a traditional folk song, the performers went out into the audience to get people to come onstage with them to be part of the program. I was watching from my seat, when suddenly I felt a tap on my shoulder. Sure enough, it was one of the performers. I slowly followed him to the stage.
We were shown our routine, which consisted of marching three times, clapping our hands and bowing. I vaguely remembered wanting to stand close to the stage curtain, so I could vanish into its folds. Then the song was over, and I was taken back to my seat.
I know that secretly I always wanted to be picked for one of these things, but when it happened, I felt a little embarrassed. But now that it’s woven into my memories of Salzburg, it is a good memory after all.