- July 30, 2012

Ten Tips for Attending The Sound of Music


My husband took our 10 and 12-year-old children to see The Sound of Music at Zilker Hillside Theatre a week ago, while I stayed home with our younger kids, who go to bed before the show even begins.  My big kids enjoyed the production so much, they spent the entire week begging me to take them to see it again.  

Who am I to turn down a night of free musical theatre?  I was delighted to take them last night, even though it meant staying up past my own bedtime.  It was, of course, worth it (even though I could use a nap right about now).  Zilker Hillside Productions somehow manages to top themselves every single summer.  The cast was superb, the songs were perfect, the sound quality was great.  We ate it all up, to the very last “So long, farewell.” 

If you’ve been wondering about taking kids to see The Sound of Music, here are some things you may like to know ahead of time:

  1. The production is free, but donations (cash, check and credit card) are cheerfully accepted during intermission.  The suggested donation is $20 per blanket.
  2. Bring along $5 cash to park in Zilker Park.
  3. Arrive early if you would like a decent seat.  I have never managed to do this, but you can put blankets down as early as 6 p.m. The show starts at approximately 8:30 p.m.
  4. Seating higher on the hill is cooler; there is more of a breeze.  I know this because those were the only spots left when we arrived, so we were as high up as you can get. 
  5. A 15-minute intermission starts at around 10:05 p.m. A lot of people leave at this time, so spots open up closer to the stage – hooray!
  6. There are porta potties available at the bottom of the hill (House Right).  B.Y.O.P. (Purell.)
  7. Concessions are available for $2 each (House Left) until the end of intermission.
  8. Free programs are available at the Concession Stand.
  9. Bring along a picnic as well as your blankets or chairs (low chairs are only allowed on the second level and full height chairs are only allowed along the walls at the back).  Leave your pets and glass containers at home.  
  10. The show wraps up at about 11:20 p.m. You can be back home, snug in your bed, by midnight.
The Sound of Music runs Thursday to Sunday nights at 8:30 p.m., through August 11, 2012.  For more information, including driving directions, visit the Zilker Theatre Productions website.

Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theater
2301 Barton Springs Road
Austin, TX  78746