City will be alive to the sound of musicals
MUSICALS is the theme of this year’s Wells Film Festival which takes place in April.
Highlights of the third annual festival, from April 27-29, will include:
• A sing-along open-air screening of The Greatest Showman at The Bishop’s Palace.
• A screening of cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show which will be preceded by a fancy dress competition.
• A screening of West Side Story at Cedars Hall with a pre-screening talk about Leonard Bernstein.
The sing-along screening of the surprise musical hit sensation of 2018, The Greatest Showman, will take place on the palace’s Croquet Lawn on the opening night, Friday, April 27.
The musical epic based on the life of PT Barnum, whose soundtrack has topped the charts in the UK and the USA, is an original musical that celebrates the birth of showbusiness and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.
The soundtrack has already won a Golden Globe for Best Original Song and has been nominated for an Oscar. The film has been hugely well received and has been described as giving cinema-goers an hour and a half of “pure enjoyment and escapism”.
The drawbridge will open at 7.30pm with the film starting at 9pm. Tickets will include a barbecue meal and drink, and the bar will be open all evening.
There will be pre-show entertainment from Wookey Hole Circus, and just before the screening begins, there will be a fancy dress competition.
Film-goers should take their own low-backed seating or blanket and an umbrella as the show will go on whatever the weather.
Tickets are priced £20, available from Wells Film Centre or www.wellsfilmcentre.co.uk, which has more information about the whole film festival programme.