The Lewis and Clark High School Drama Department is presenting a silent film night – complete with organ accompaniment – on Nov. 22.
The evening features three silent films: Charlie Chaplin’s “The Cure,” Buster Keaton in “Neighbors,” and Laurel and Hardy in “Big Business.”
“That’s the one where they are Christmas tree salesmen and they kind of end up beating up on their customers,” said Cassie Coleman-Heppler, president of STAGE, the parent organization that supports LC’s drama department.
Coleman-Heppler said she got the idea when she discovered LC has a very old pipe organ in its gymnasium.
“It was donated in the early 1920s by one of the classes,” Coleman-Heppler said. “That was the peak of the silent movie era – and I just thought we could put the two together.”
Brad Miller will be playing the organ.
The evening also features a photo booth in the lobby and vaudeville acts by LC students in between the films.
Coleman-Heppler said she hopes the evening will raise $5,000 to update the school’s stage lighting system.
“We have a very old system right now,” she said.