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Library singalongs let kids, adults get campy

Rick Moranis stars as a flower shop owner who becomes a slave to his man-eating plant in “Little Shop of Horrors.”
Rick Moranis stars as a flower shop owner who becomes a slave to his man-eating plant in “Little Shop of Horrors.”
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That “Frozen” soundtrack that’s been stuck in your head for nearly a year now? It’s the reason behind the Spokane Public Library’s singalong series.

“We did a showing of ‘Frozen’ at South Hill … and not only were the kids singing, but the grown-ups were singing, too,” said Eva Silverstone, the communications manager for the Spokane Public Library system.

“People just like to sing along to movies,” Silverstone said. “So we thought, ‘Why not make it permissible?’ ”

On Saturday, “Little Shop of Horrors” shows at the Downtown Library. The PG-13 musical tells the story of Seymour (Rick Moranis) and his man-eating plant, Audrey II. Also in the cast: Steve Martin, Jim Belushi, John Candy, Christopher Guest and Bill Murray. So, you can count on some laughs.

The singalongs are showing about once a month at the Downtown and South Hill branches – the two locations covered by the library’s movie license.

“So far we’ve had a really good response,” Silverstone said.

At the South Hill, the movies are generally family-friendly, said Sally Chilson, the library system’s learning and literacy coordinator. “Downtown we’re kind of going with campier things.”

Upcoming movies including “Lion King,” Nov. 11 at South Hill; “Annie,” Nov. 28, South Hill; “Aladdin,” Nov. 29, Downtown; and “The Sound of Music,” Dec. 13, Downtown. All the shows start at 2 p.m.

Chilson said requests for future movies can be emailed to her at

“We’re just kind of having fun with it and seeing what happens,” Chilson said. “So far it’s been a little bit of magic.”

Kimberly Lusk

What: “Little Shop of Horrors” singalong

When: 2 p.m. Saturday

Where: Meeting Room 1A at the Downtown Library, 906 W. Main Ave.

Bring: Snacks – unlike the rest of the library, food is allowed in the meeting rooms where the movies are shown.

Info: (509) 444-5336 or

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