(10.25) The Providence Performing Arts Center invites the public to ‘Stage Fright’ this Wednesday, a sort of Halloween party for children and adults. And it’s free! The evening kicks off with family fun at 5:30pm; kids and families in costume are invited to PPAC for a costume parade, trick-or-treating, and a showing of the silent short film The Haunted House (1921) starring Buster Keaton.
At 7pm the silent film era returns when musician Peter Krasinski rises from the floor on the Mighty Wurlitzer! Experience the 1925 silent film classic The Phantom of The Opera, starring ‘The Man of 1000 Faces’ Lon Chaney, as it was meant to be experienced — viewed in a majestic theater with the improvisational magic of the pipe organ emphasizing the film’s mystery. This classic experience will officially open Flicker’s VORTEX 2023 Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror Film Festival. (This image is a mock-up from a prior Krasinski appearance. He is a reliably flamboyant dresser — not sure what he has in mind for this occasion.)
And you read that correctly: Krasinski’s accompaniment is “improvisational” magic. He is so good at this that you will likely get lost in the movie experience, but look over occasionally and watch him watching the film. He never misses a beat.
Free, Stage Fright, 5:30pm to 9pm, Wednesday, October 25, PPAC, 220 Weybosset Street, (directions)