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Seattle Composers Bring Buster Keaton Silent Film to Life Original Composition Brings New Life to Buster Keaton’s “Steamboat Bill Jr.”

The show begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 20th at Key City Playhouse in Port Townsend. Tickets ($20) online or at the playhouse box office, 419 Washington Street, 360-385-KCPT.


Film and music lovers won’t want to miss this unique, live performance in which Seattle composers Miles and Karina perform their original score set to the 1928 silent film, Steamboat Bill Jr. at Key City Playhouse in Port Townsend. The duo will employ a plethora of different instruments - accordion, guitar, banjo, ukulele, viola, glockenspiel, kazoo, and percussion - to create a score full of quirk and character for this stunning comedic film. This one-night-only special live performance is suitable for all ages and is presented by Key City Public Theatre and George Rezendes/Toolshed SoundLab.

Steamboat Bill Jr. tells the story of William “Steamboat Bill” Canfield (Ernest Torrance), the owner and captain of a rundown paddle steamer in need of serious repairs. Bill hopes that the arrival of his college-aged son (Buster Keaton), whom he hasn’t seen in decades, will help turn the tides for his aging ship but he’s surprised to learn that instead of a strong, burly, hard worker such as himself, his son turns out to be an effeminate, pencil-moustached, ukulele-playing, accident-prone dandy. The film becomes a farcical collision of opposites as the hardworking, tough as nails steamboat captain tries to work together with his spoiled, citybred son to overcome business rivals and save the boat. In his review of the film, critic Geoff Andrew says that Steamboat Bill Jr. is “hilarious, of course, with both delicately observed jokes and energetically athletic stuntwork coursing through the movie. But what really delights is the detailed depiction of small town life, plus Keaton's comic awareness of his own persona."

David Miles Keenan and Nova Karina Devonie, who perform under the moniker “Miles and Karina”, have been playing as a duo since 1991. They have produced three albums together, featuring mostly original music composed by the pair using a wide variety of instruments. Key City audiences might remember them from their live-scoring of The Adventures of Prince Achmed in 2013.

For more information on the artists please visit www.milesandkarina.com


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