Vicci Ho is a writer, film programmer and producer. She has written for Variety and worked for film festivals across the globe, including Toronto International Film Festival, Zurich Film Festival and directed the Hong Kong Lesbian & Gay Film Festival.  She is the President of Janitor Interactive: a production company specializing in games.

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Fandom activity: Frozen singalong

Clio and I decided to partner up for this week's homework: fan-like activity. We were trying to figure out a few things we would never do that is also not too cost prohibitive. I am not much of a basketball fan, and we contemplated it, but we figured it would be too expensive to go to a game. Ditto with the "Sex and the City" bus tour: I have never really seen the show and the experience would likely be rather unbearable for me, but the price tag ($46!!!) was a bit too much. As I was checking movie session times for the new Lego movie, I noticed a session for "Frozen Sing-Along" at the cinemas. I saw the film back in December and admired it, though it is clearly that there are enough fans for Disney to release a daily screening of the sing-along version so soon. Clio and I, now joined by Suzanne, armed with a few props (tiara, magic wand and a glittery "cape"), attended the screening.

The screening has a balanced mixture of parents with their kids, which I suspect are there for a second screening, or they felt the kids could make more noise during it, as well as adults who are very much there for a sing-along. I wore my tiara and held a magic wand as I walked in, and was surprised that it was a mother who told her kids to wave at 'the princess'...I of course was donning the gear sarcastically, but I thought it was possibly one of the sweetest acts anyone had ever performed.

While I do not know most of the songs in the film, I do know the single "Let It Go" and have vague memories of some of the songs from the first viewing. I decided that I had to participate and at least sing a few times during the film.

What I immediately noticed when the songs came on was the most obvious (aka loudest) singers are the group of teenage / young adult girls on my left, sadly, I also quickly realized most people were NOT actually singing along in this sing along. I tried my best to sing along to the film, but it is difficult to when I don't really know the songs. I felt that the once the singers realize they are in the minority, the singing also became softer.

A few songs were more popular than others: I did my best to belt out "Let It Go" but it is not an easy song to sing, so us fellow singers could only try our best. I certainly appreciated the applause that the audience gave out to those who tried singing to that!

While I thoroughly enjoyed this sing-along, I feel that it would be much more fun a few years from now when the sing-along is a one off, which means everyone in the cinema would be singing along. I felt a little bit weird dressing up a little (I don't usually even feel comfortable dressing up during Halloween!) but there was something quite fun when someone acknowledged your efforts. I think when this become a full-blown fan event, we'd see a lot more Elsas, Annas and Olaf in the audience! attempt to be a princess

frozen gang!

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