On May 8 at 2 p.m., join the Hanover Theater and Conservatory for the Performing Arts for a one-of-a-kind American comedy classic! The Kid Brother is a classic 1927 American comedy silent film starring Harold Lloyd.
It was a hit and popular upon release and is today considered by critics and fans to be one of Lloyd’s finest films, incorporating elements of comedy, romance, drama and character development. Its screenplay pays homage to a 1921 film called “Tol’able David”, although it is essentially a reworking of Hal Roach’s little-known 1924 feature, “The White Sheep”, starring Glenn Tryon. The screening will be accompanied by Clark Wilson on the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ. Watching a silent movie with live music creates a unique experience that you wouldn’t get when watching a modern movie in the cinema. It is both visually and aurally stunning, creating a uniquely immersive event for moviegoers.
Don Phipps was delighted when the Hanover Theater accepted his gift of a theater organ. It was no ordinary instrument. Phipps assembled it from thousands of parts salvaged from Wurlitzer organs that had been abandoned when movie palaces were razed from the mid-20th century. When original parts were not available, he obtained historically accurate replicas. Phipps, an engineer, estimated the project took 10,000 hours of work over a six-and-a-half-year period. He calls the instrument his “magnum opus”, noting that it is the largest of its kind in New England. The instrument made its theater debut in March 2009. Hanover Theater’s Mighty Wurlitzer has 2,495 pipes and is valued at over $500,000. “It was a wonderful opportunity for me,” Phipps said of working with the theater. “I like to think everyone got a good deal.” Curator Bruce Hager regularly works with the Wurlitzer on a technical level, with responsibility for keeping him ready to play and fixing any issues that arise. He calls the work a “labor of love” and praises the use of organs at silent film screenings saying, “it captures your imagination – you’ll always remember it and enjoy the idea of it. bring back to life.”
Clark Wilson is one of the most prominent and recognized markers of silent photo games in America today. He works exclusively with the organ to develop precise and historical musical accompaniments as they were played in the great palaces of cinema during the heyday of silent cinema. Wilson began his career as a composer in 1980 and has successfully toured North America with hundreds of film presentations at schools and universities, performing arts centers, theaters, film festivals and congresses. His work led to performances for UCLA, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, where, in addition to other footage, he recreated “Wings” for Paramount Studios’ 100th anniversary. Wilson has been named in numerous Who’s Who and Men of Achievement editions and received the ATOS (spell) award for Organist of the Year in 1998. An acclaimed organ technician and consultant, he has also been involved professionally in more of 200 pipe organ installations. to date, including the Hanover Theatre, and won the ATOS Technician of Merit award, the only person to receive both ATOS accolades.
Tickets for The Kid Brother: Silent Film Accompanied by The Mighty Wurlitzer Organ are $20. Seats are general admission. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more, children and students. For more information, please contact the box office at 877.571.SHOW (7469).
The Hanover Theater’s Mighty Wurlitzer is the largest theater organ in New England and is recognized by staff and board members as one of the most fabulous gifts given to the organization. As stewards of this incredible gift, it is our responsibility to properly care for the organ and create opportunities for sharing with patrons and the community at large.
As a distinctive feature, the Wurlitzer organ enhances the preservation of our rich history and traditions from the era of luxurious vaudeville theaters. We continue to use the organ for ceremonies, in our annual production of A Christmas Carol, and as pre-show entertainment at select performances throughout the season.
We want to ensure that The Mighty Wurlitzer is properly maintained and remains a proper legacy for the work of Don Phipps and the organ team. The theater established the Donald Phipps Mighty Wurlitzer Fund to preserve, nurture and share with the community this special gift.
Please consider making a contribution. Your support will help ensure the future of the organ and make it accessible to everyone in our community. For more information, email Nel Lazour, Director of Development at [email protected]