11/09/23 By Bailule Hadgembes and Emily Martinez
An early screening of the newest addition to the “Trolls” franchise—“Trolls Band Together”—was held at the Boston Common AMC on Nov. 8.
The animated movie follows the adventures of Branch, voiced by Justin Timberlake, and his girlfriend Poppy, played by Anna Kendrick, on their mission to save one of Branch’s brothers by reuniting his old sibling band, “Brozone.” Along the way, Poppy is able to find her lost-long sibling, Viva, voiced by Camilla Cabello.
“Trolls Band Together” is filled with a star studded cast, including Troye Sivan, Zoey Deschanel, Kenan Thompson, Rupaul and more.
Prior to the start of the movie, two Emerson College acapella groups, the Treble Makers and the Acapellics, performed the lead single from the film’s soundtrack, “Better Place.”
The arrangement was put together by Sophie Hartstein, assistant music director of Treble Makers. The collaboration was the first time the two groups worked together. “It actually worked out really well with the voice parts that we were given and the people in each group,” Hartstein said.
Lian’a-raye Sopal, a member of Treble Makers, enjoyed collaborating with NBCUniversal, which owns Universal Pictures and distributed the film. “It was very amazing, very inviting. They said we will give you guys shirts, wigs and all the props you can ever imagine,” Sopal said.
The film featured a vast array of songs and musical medleys, including throwbacks from Dolly Parton, the Backstreet Boys and an all new song, following a 21-year hiatus, from NSYNC, of which Timberlake is a member.
The theater was packed with kids, parents, elders, and, of course, many Emerson College students ready to see their friends perform.
Sydney Swann, an Emerson College student who had seen both previous “Trolls” movies, took advantage of the free movie tickets to see the third sequel — “It’s a fun time for every generation.”
“Trolls Band Together” is in theaters on Nov. 17.