The classic silent comedy film, The Freshman, will air live with a renowned accompanist on Saturday, May 1 at 7 p.m. EDT. The event is produced as part of the Virtual Park Theater online events for spring.
The Freshman was released in 1925 in critical raves. Over the years, it has achieved cult status for silent comedy feature films, especially those produced just before the walkie talkies debuted. The film stars one of the great comedians of the silent movie era, Harold Lloyd. The film is the story of Harold Lamb, who cannot fit into college. He keeps his spirits up and even though he’s the water boy on the football team, he’s made to believe he’s part of the team. Love, comedy and the heart are the themes of this film.
The film will be accompanied live by Andrew E. Simpson of Washington, DC. Andrew is a recognized composer of opera, silent film, orchestra, chamber, choir, dance and vocal music. His musical works establish intimate, multi-faceted connections with literature, visual arts and film, reflecting his interest in connecting music to the wider world, an approach he calls “humanist music”.
One of America’s greatest silent film musicians, Andrew has performed in the United States, Europe and South America. He is a resident film accompanist at the National Gallery of Art and a regularly featured accompanist at the Library of Congress’ Mt. Pony Theater in Culpeper, VA, as well as keyboard artist for the Cantata Chamber Singers. He has performed music from silent films at Giornate del Cinema Muto in Pordenone, Italy, Lincoln Center in New York, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, Sala Cecelia Meireles in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil , Harvard Film Archive, UCLA Film and Television Archives, and festivals such as Cinefest, Slapsticon, Orphans and the Library of Congress’s Mostly Lost Workshops. Simpson also designed and co-founded the Atlas Performing Arts Center’s silent film series, entering its fifth season in 2020-2021, for which he is curator and musician in residence.
Individual tickets for the event broadcast live on May 1 at 7 p.m. EDT are $ 10 and group tickets $ 15. They can be purchased by going to theparktheatre.org, call (603) 532-8888, or visit the theater box office at 19 Main Street, Jaffrey, NH. The live event will be recorded and available on demand online two days after the original broadcast.
The event can be watched on a smartphone, tablet, or streamed to your big screen TV via Apple Airplay or Chromecast.