BY MOLLY CONGDON
CLIFTON PARK — Even though there wasn’t a white coating of snow outside, families were able to embrace the eternal winter of the icy Arendelle Kingdom — courtesy of Princess Elsa’s cryokinetic abilities — during the sing-along version of “Frozen,” the 3D computer-animated Disney musical, at Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library.
The Dec. 29 event was the second sing-along to take place at the library, and it’s certainly not going to be the last. A mixture of babies, toddlers, teens and parents — approximately 200 in total — arranged themselves in front of the massive screen in the room across from the children’s library. Mini bags of popcorn were quickly snagged from the table in the back, and soon all that remained were some cups of water waiting to be gulped down.
The decision to show “Frozen” was easy, explains Youth Services Librarian Marybeth Hassett-Murphy. Indeed, “Frozen” seems to be alive everywhere these days. Whether it is at the mall or the grocery store, kids are carrying backpacks with images of Olaf, holding hands with Elsa dolls and are humming or singing the catchy songs.
“It’s a juggernaut; this movie struck such a chord that little kids just want to belt it out,” Hassett-Murphy said. “At Halloween, 90 percent of the girls were in Elsa costumes, so we knew that we made a good choice.”
This proved to be true when Idina Menzel’s character, Princess Elsa, began to sing “Let It Go.” The lips of every child (and parent) were moving, and they raised their hands in the air fearlessly, passionately belting out every word. They just couldn’t hold it back anymore.