EAST LYNNE THEATER COMPANY PRESENTS "THE THIEF OF BAGDAD"
(CAPE MAY, NJ) -- Flying carpets, flying horses, and Douglas
Fairbanks performing his own gymnastic stunts to save the princess!
It's all part of "The Thief of Bagdad."
For one night
only, Sunday, August 4 at 8:30p.m., East Lynne Theater Company, in
partnership with The Cape May Film Festival, presents this 1924 silent
film classic with live organ accompaniment provided by Wayne Zimmerman.
The location is The First Presbyterian Church of Cape May, 500 Hughes
St., where ELTC is in residence. Tickets are $15 and ages 12 and under
are free. Students who were involved in ELTC's recent production of
"1,001 Arabian Nights" may attend for free, along with their families.
For reservations and information, contact ELTC at 609-884-5898 or online
at www.eastlynnetheater.org .
Art director William Cameron Menzies, who later designed "Gone with
the Wind," created the special effects in "The Thief of Bagdad," that
are still considered incredible by today's standards.
Fairbanks (1883-1939), born Douglas Elton Ulman, made his Broadway
debut in 1902, quickly becoming known as a great romantic comedian. In
1916 he started his own company The Douglas Fairbanks Film Corporation.
During the First World War he met Mary Pickford while on a Liberty Bond
tour. After divorcing their respective spouses, they were married. In
1919 they, along with close friends Charlie Chaplin and D. W. Griffith,
formed United Artists Corporation, thus giving themselves more control
over their movie projects and earnings. During the 1920's Fairbanks made
costume epics like "The Mark of Zorro" (Shown at last year's ELTC's
Silent Film Series), "The Three Musketeers," and "Robin Hood," at a time
when these types of films had gone out of fashion.
Providing his own original musical accompaniment is Wayne Zimmerman, who
played for ELTC's last year's silent films. He has played in a variety
of venues from coast-to-coast and in Hawaii, regaling audiences with his
silent-film accompaniment and concerts. At varying times he's served
as organist at the Lansdowne Theatre in Lansdowne, PA, the Tower Theatre
in Upper Darby, PA, the Brookline Theatre in Havertown, PA, and the
Merlin Theatre in suburban Philadelphia. Currently he is president of
the Delaware Valley Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society, and
accompanist for silent films at the Loew's Jersey Theatre in Jersey City.
Meanwhile, the world premiere of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"
plays on the mainstage Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8:30p.m. through