Peter Pan with Live Harp Score
CAST: Betty Bronson, Ernest Torrence, Mary Brian DIRECTOR: Herbert Brenon ONE DAY ONLY| 10/28/23 2:30 pm
A RARE SCREENING OF A 1924 SILENT FILM TREASURE WITH LIVE MUSIC!
Saturday 10/28/23 - 2:30 pm
Dublin-born film director Herbert Brenon made over 30 films, all silent, and most of them
unknown to modern viewers. The Paramount studio shelved them after "talkies" gained the day;
"Peter Pan" (1924) would not be restored or viewable for almost 80 years. Brenon"s film was a
close adaptation of the hugely successful stage play of J.M. Barrie's novel and featured amazing
special effects and an expressive performance by Betty Bronson as The Boy Who Wouldn't
The Silent Film will be presented with an original score for the harp played LIVE in-theater by the composer!
MORE ABOUT THE Musician
Harpist-composer Leslie McMichael has toured and played live with classic silent films throughout the U.S. at theatres, museums, and film festivals. Her work has been featured on the public radio show The Score when host Edmund Stone devoted an episode to New Scores for Silent Films. McMichael has received score commissions for silent film, animation, and dance, writing for harp, strings, and toy instruments. She lives on Vashon Island in Washington State.
Northwest Film Forum commissioned the harpist to create a new score for the 1924 "Peter Pan" for its Children's Film Festival Seattle, and McMichael has toured and played live with film screenings throughout the U.S. since her original score debuted.
McMichael's original score incorporates elements of ragtime, Celtic-infused sea chanteys, and poignant recurring theme music for many of the main characters.The Boston Globe
Leslie's score, filled with cleverly repeating themes and stunning interludes, breathed new life into this film from the dawn of cinema.Elizabeth Shepherd, Northwest Film Forum