Music House’s Silent Film Series presents Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928) starring Buster Keaton with accompaniment by Dale and Gail Zieger.
Fulfilling the wish of his mother, William Canfield Jr. (Keaton) goes to work on his father’s steamboat in a small town on the Mississippi. The elder Canfield, is a disappointed when his son, who he has not seen since he was a baby, is not big and strapping like his father and is citified. He is further angered to find out that Bill Jr. has fallen in love with the daughter of his arch rival whose brand new steamboat is putting Bill Sr.’s old boats out of business. In true Keaton fashion, this film is filled with hilarious physical comedy and also a dramatic ending when the lives Bill Jr., his father, his love, Kitty, and her father are all threatened by a horrible storm when the weather turns bad. Will they all survive?
Dale Zieger is an internationally acclaimed organist having traveled for the world giving concerts in 12 countries and five continents. He began performing in public at the age of eight years. He is now in his 54th year of musical performance and currently plays for the Grand Rapids Griffins Hockey Team.
Gail is a native of West Michigan and has been a professional musician for over 45 years. She is self-taught and is at home at the piano, organ, keyboard, as well as five other instruments. She has also used her talents as a church music director, teacher, and entertainer.
There will be two showings at 5:30 and 7:30 pm. Seating is limited so reservations are recommended!