The Dallas Classic Film Group loves to present its library of silent movies in an atmosphere as close to their original presentation as possible. To accomplish that, it’s nice to have an original early 20th century theater pipe organ, and a saloon style piano to provide the soundtracks. Put it all together, and you’ve got a great evening of entertainment on Saturday, Aug. 29 at the McKinney Performing Arts Center.

Mike Tarzis is one of the organist who will provide the soundtrack to the silent film classics at the McKinney Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Aug. 29.

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Mike Tarzis is one of the organist who will provide the soundtrack to the silent film classics at the McKinney Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Aug. 29.

 

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 rare Our Gang feature thrown in for good measure.

Four artists have been tapped to provide their original musical interpretations for the event. Jim Pitts, Bob Whiteman, and Mike Tarzis have all been featured performers at MPAC for previous silent presentations. This particular evening will feature special guest artist, ragtime piano virtuoso Robert Edwards who will handle the music for the 1920 Harold Lloyd feature Number Please, and the Our Gang short Wiggle Your Ears. 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 1917 Charlie Chaplin classic Easy Street, to be performed by Tarzis. Jim Pitts will take over the console for his interpretation of the 1920 Buster Keaton feature One Week. Bob Whiteman will perform his original score for Laurel and Hardy’s 1928 funfest Leave ‘em Laughing. 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. 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, Aug. 29, 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 the MPAC website.

 

About the McKinney Performing Arts Center

The McKinney Performing Arts Center (MPAC) is a multi-purpose facility available for your special event or meeting. With a variety of rooms for rent at a flexible cost, it’s sure to make your next event historic. The theater in the historic Collin County Courthouse seats 427 for live entertainment including off-Broadway, comedy, theater and concerts. Tickets are available online or by phone at the Emerson Ticket Office. MPAC is in the center of the historic district with a variety of restaurants and boutique shops that make it the perfect destination that is unique by nature! For more information, visit mckinneyperformingartscenter.org.