Organist Dennis James is bringing four Charlie Chaplin short films to the Coleman Theatre Beautiful as part of his “Musica Curiosa” variety program.
Show times are 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 23, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 24. Ticket prices are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students and children.
The program will feature four short films from 1915 starring the legendary Chaplin. In addition to James playing the “Mighty Wurlitzer” pipe organ, the audience will be treated to a special guest performer, soprano vocalist Connie Corrick of Seattle.
“If the early slapstick style of Charlie Chaplin’s first films (1914) for Mack Sennett at the Keystone Studios represent his cinematic infancy, the films he made in 1915 for the Essanay Film Manufacturing Co. are his adolescence,” James said.
The Essanays found Chaplin in transition, taking greater time and care with each film, experimenting with new ideas and adding flesh to his famous Tramp character that would become his legacy.
Chaplin’s Essanay comedies are the true beginning of his film art, revealing an artist experimenting with his palette and finding his craft. When Chaplin signed with Essanay in 1915, he became the most famous man in the world. Adorned in his instantly recognizable costume and make-up, the Essanay films made Chaplin a household name.