Film Streams, the New Philharmonic, and the Omaha Symphony will present two showings, at 1:30 and 3:15 pm, of a collection of Disney's Alice Comedies with live scores.
Starting in 1923, while still working at his Laugh-O-Gram Studio in Kansas City, legendary animator Walt Disney began producing pioneering silent shorts loosely based on Lewis Carroll's Alice character. Instead of falling into a rabbit hole, Disney's Alice fell into the world of cartoons. Combining a live-action Alice, first played by Virginia Davis, with animated characters, including Julius the cat, the Alice Comedies were innovative works - and Disney's first successes.
The New Philharmonic's Vimbayi Kaziboni will conduct musicians from the Omaha Symphony as they perform scores for three of the shorts, all written by German composer Paul Dessau. Omaha-based pianist Dan McCarthy will perform original, solo pieces for two films. The total duration of the program will be approximately one hour. There will be just two opportunities, at 1:30 pm and 3:15 pm on December 5, to attend. See the following pages for film information.
Tickets for these Silents in Concert screenings at Film Streams' Ruth Sokolof Theater are $14 general, $12 for students, seniors, teachers, military and those arriving by bicycle, and $10 for Film Streams Members. Part of Film Stream's Forever Young Family & Children's Series, made possible with the support of Lincoln Financial Foundation, tickets are just $10 for kids 12 and under.