David Holley, director of UNCG Opera Theatre and artistic director of Greensboro Opera, wanted to do something different for this year’s annual gala. He wanted to produce an opera event that was “fun and accessible,” something that would appeal to a broader audience.

So Holley came up with “GO to the Movies!” — a ritzy, Old Hollywood-style gala featuring operatic music used in film soundtracks from the 1935 Marx Brothers comedy “A Night at the Opera” to 2006’s “Superman Returns.” The gala, headlined by Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Victoria Livengood, begins at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20, in UNCG’s Aycock Auditorium; pre-event Red Carpet festivities start at 6:45 p.m.

Holley says mixing opera glasses and popcorn isn’t really too great a stretch. “So many people love going to the movies, and they are moved by the music they hear there as part of the total experience. What many don’t realize is that they love opera music! Popular movies like ‘The Bad News Bears,’ ‘Moonstruck’ and ‘Shawshank Redemption’ use opera to reinforce the story, and many times, tell it outright. People already love the movies and don’t realize they are hearing opera in those movies.”

Organizers will literally roll out the red carpet for the evening, extending the carpet down the front steps of Aycock to Tate Street. Attendees are encouraged to dress as their favorite film stars, and have their pictures taken as they enter. Students will serve as paparazzi and autograph seekers.

Patrons can pose for selfies with life-size cut-outs of Hollywood stars. And UNCG Theatre alumnus Adam Kampouris will make a special appearance as Charlie Chaplin, bringing Chaplin’s Little Tramp character to life.

Inside, audience members are encouraged to use smart phones as part of an interactive event that includes a live video feed. A big screen will enhance the performances.

“GO to the Movies!” marks a Greensboro Opera debut for Livengood, a Thomasville native. Livengood, an internationally-renowned, Grammy-nominated singer, made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1991. Known for her dynamic portrayals in well over 100 performances with the Met, she will share the Aycock stage with standout singers from UNCG Opera Theatre.

Premium ticket holders can attend an After Party with Livengood and other stars.

Buy tickets by phone at 336-272-0160; online at TICKETS.com; or in person at the Triad Stage Box Office, 232 S. Elm St., Greensboro (Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m). For more details, visit http://www.greensboroopera.org/home-galadetail.shtml.

“GO to the Movies!” is co-produced by the UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance and Greensboro Opera. It is part of ArtsGreensboro’s 17 Days festival.