It’s a return to a simpler time and a lot of fun. With the overwhelming success of last year’s program, the Dallas Historic Film Group will again present its annual Silent Film festival on Saturday, July 30 at the McKinney Performing Arts Center. The Dallas film organization is teaming with the North Texas Chapter of the American Theater Organ Society to present an evening of seldom seen silent comedy shorts starring virtually all of the greatest names in silent comedy, with a couple of rare surprises thrown in for good measure. 

Four artists have been tapped to provide their original musical interpretations on MPAC’s vintage Wurlitzer theater pipe organ. Jim Pitts, Bob Whiteman, and Mike Tarzis are all veterans in scoring and performing silent films. For the second year in a row, the event will feature special guest artist, ragtime piano virtuoso Robert Edwards who will handle the music for the 1926 Charley Chase feature Mighty Like a Moose, and the Our Gang short The Sun Down Limited.. Edwards has done numerous performances for the classic film group all over Dallas, including sellout events at the historic Texas Theater in Oak Cliff. 

The remainder of the program includes the 1922 Buster Keaton classic The High Sign, to be performed by Tarzis. Jim Pitts will take over the console for his interpretation of the 1929 Laurel and Hardy classic The Bacon Grabbers. Bob Whiteman will perform his original score for Harold Lloyd’s 1920 funfest Get Out And Get Under. All of the movies were hand- picked by the Dallas Classic Film Group not only for their rarity, but their overall comic content and audience appeal. If the audience reaction from last year is any indication, these are films that are truly every bit as funny today as the day they were made nearly a century ago. 

The performance is scheduled for Saturday, July 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the McKinney Performing Arts Center in historic downtown McKinney. Tickets are $20 in advance or $22 at the door. Students are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. As always, Senior Citizens over 65 are admitted free, but reservations are still required. Reservations can be made by calling the MPAC Box Office at (214) 544-4630, or on line at www.mckinneyperformingartscenter.org.