Arrived at the Egyptian bright and early (well...early) for set-up. Shown here is the video projector rented for the events of both Thursday and Friday. All the Nell Shipman films are being shown from DVD', the new ones just out from Boise State, so I made show discs for the shorts I'll be accompanying rather than bring film. Knowing the shows were being done on video was a factor in my choosing to accompany an Arbuckle short on the organ for the Thurs evening show (it's the restored Love).
Introducing the morning programs was Channel 7's meteoroloigist Rick Lantz (no relation to Walter), who also covers education and/or arts events. Rick greeted the kids then handed the mic over to me.
In three hours (at 9.30, 10.30 and 11.30 am) we showed silent films to 2,100 6th graders this morning. The 3 programs included both the Shipman and Keaton shorts; no time for me to use the organ. Kids were focused, even riveted, for both shorts. We opened with the Shipman, and even though it was a drama it really held the kids' attention.
The TVYS is seen setting up here -- you get a good sense of the Egyptian decor of the theater, and also can see the organ console.Seen below are photos of the Treasure Valley Youth Symphony performing my orchestral scores to The Light on Lookout starring Nell Shipman (score world premiere!) ---- and to Keaton's One Week (which the TVYS premiered in 2004).The kids sounded great at all 3 shows, and Dr. Saunders (the conductor) really had the scores in synch with the films. Tonight is the big "Musical Movies" event, where I'll talk about the organ and demonstrate it a little before running the Arbuckle picture.