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    The Loft adds ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ sing-a-long to its spooky season lineup

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    Still from the 1986 film Little Shop of Horrors.

    While it seems like everyone around Tucson is getting ready for Halloween with the scariest décor and events, The Loft Cinema is keeping it fun and musical this week as “Little Shop of Horrors” makes its sing-along debut at the theater Wednesday night.

    The Loft holds special event screenings and its calendar includes a handful of sing-alongs for fans of everything from “Grease” to “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

    “About once a month or every other month, we do a different film as a sing-along version with subtitles on the screen for all the songs,” said Kyle Canfield, one of the theater managers at The Loft. “It’s definitely a fun thing—something different for Halloween.”

    Some of the sing-along features that have screened at The Loft in the past don’t have official versions for screenings, “Little Shop of Horrors” being one of those cases. But that doesn’t stop the theater from making its own version. J.J. Giddings, The Loft marketing director, makes sing-along subtitling for special events like this one.

    “Little Shop of Horrors” tells the story of a quirky, love-struck flower shop employee whose life is turned upside down because of a special plant. The movie was chosen as The Loft’s newest sing-along feature because of its spooky subject matter and its 30-year anniversary.

    “It’s just a campy musical about a carnivorous plant that gets a taste for human blood,” said Ezra Heightchew-Howard, a member of the floor staff at The Loft and a fan of the musical.

    Whether or not one is a fan of “Little Shop of Horrors,” sing-alongs are a unique experience and change up the typical theater-going experience. With the words displayed on the screen, anyone can join in on the fun and share the night with a theater full of people.

    The Loft will also be handing out props to audience members to use during the film.

    Even those who aren’t accustomed to the sing-along atmosphere and who may not be too thrilled with the concept can still enjoy the night. Howard said that despite not really enjoying the sing-along format, he will be attending the screening because of his love for the film itself.

    For fans looking to break in their Halloween costumes early, there will be a pre-screening costume contest for those dressed as characters from the film.

    Canfield strongly suggested that those looking to attend the screening and belt out the chorus should purchase tickets early.

    “We often sell out for the sing-alongs,” Canfield said. “I’m not sure how busy we’re going to be for ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ since it’s the first time we’ve done it.”

    For those still looking to get in the Halloween spirit but are tired of running from zombies and seeing terrifying clown videos online, the spooky melodies of “Little Shop of Horrors” just might be the perfect treat.

    The show starts at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday night. Tickets are available online at The Loft’s website or in person at the box office, and are selling for $10, or $8 for Loft members. 

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