So-called Gleeks were on the edge of their seat as they got a sneak peek of the spring premiere episode of their favorite TV show, “Glee.”

Naperville’s Hollywood Palms Cinema was one of only 12 locations nationwide to get the early screening.

300 Gleeks, as fans of the hit TV show Glee are known, sang karaoke, belted out the song Don’t Stop Believin’ at the top of their lungs, then watched their favorite show’s first new episode since December.

The new episode airs on Fox on April 13, but fans paid $15 each to watch it on the big screen.

“It’s like being part of it,” said Kathi Thompson, an Aurora resident. “You’re interacting with them and you’re right there. It’s so different from watching it on a little TV in your living room.”

Certain movies and TV shows inspire people to dress up like their favorite characters and Glee is no different.

Maureen Thomas of Aurora came as acid-tongued cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester. In the Thomas household, Glee nights are family nights.
“There are elements as a parent that I myself can relate to, remembering those awkward high school years,” Thomas said. “And from our child’s perspective, it’s what they’re going through right now.”

Waiting five more days to see a new episode was too much for some.

“We can brag to all our friends who are also Gleeks that we saw it before they did, said Mike Orosa,” a student at University of Illinois-Chicago. “And we can also give to charity,” added his girlfriend Tiffany Ng.

The money raised goes to the Grammys in School program, which funds music education in public schools throughout the country.


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