WHITEHALL — Conventional cinema etiquette dictates that patrons should be as quiet as possible while watching a movie.
But the rising popularity of singalong movie screenings is inviting theatregoers to raise their voices.
After the success of their first offering, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” on Jan. 4, the Friends of the Playhouse organization is planning three more singalong movie nights: “The Greatest Showman,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “The Sound of Music.”
“The Greatest Showman” will hit the silver screen at the Playhouse at White Lake on Feb. 1. “Bohemian Rhapsody is set for March, and “The Sound of Music” will be April 4. All shows start at 7:30 p.m.
While the idea of singing along to a movie is nothing new, the concept of organized and even studio-endorsed singalong screenings has been gaining popularity at cinemas across the country.
“It’s a way to get families together to watch and participate in the movies that they love,” said Kim Harsch, past chair and current member of the Friends. “This is not your normal passive experience. People who come to this are expected to sing, move around and dress up like their favorite character, and interact with other people.”
The Friends of the Playhouse is a nonprofit organization formed to support The Playhouse at White Lake through fundraising efforts and volunteerism.
Tickets for the movies are $10. The film series is part of a plan to raise funds to help the playhouse hire a half-time staff person.
For tickets and information, call (231) 894-4048, or visit the website www.theplayhouseatwhitelake.org.