The Music House presents two showings of Buster Keaton starring in Steamboat Bill Jr. on Sept. 23rd at 5:30 and 7:30 pm. Accompaniment will be provided by the amazing and talented Dale and Gail Zieger on the Wurlitzer and piano. This was Keaton's final film with his productions company and is filled with all the hilarious physical comedy and characters that made him a Silent film icon.
Keaton plays William Canfield Jr. who, fulfilling the wish of his mother, goes to work on his father's steamboat. His father, Bill Sr., is a disappointed when his son, who he has not seen since he was a baby, is not big and strapping like his father. Instead Bill Sr. find an effete college student with a pencil thin mustache and barrette. He is further angered to find out that Bill Jr. has fallen in love with the daughter of his arch rival whose brand new steamboat is putting his old ships out of business. In true Keaton fashion, this film is filled with hilarious physical comedy and also a dramatic ending when the lives Bill Jr., his father, his love, Kitty, and her father are all threatened by a cyclone hits, destroying the town. Will they all survive?
Dale Zieger is an internationally acclaimed organist having traveled for the world giving concerts in 12 countries and five continents. He began performing in public at the age of eight years. He is now in his 54th year of musical performance and currently plays for the Grand Rapids Griffins Hockey Team.
Gail is a native of West Michigan and has been a professional musician for over 45 years. She is self-taught and is at home at the piano, organ, keyboard, as well as five other instruments. She has also used her talents as a church music director, teacher, and entertainer.
Seating is limited so ordering tickets early is recommended as many of our showings sell-out.