Local theater organ celebrity Zach Frame will give two benefit concerts at Geneva Theater in February using the Milwaukee Brewers’ theater organ.
During the concerts Frame will accompany the 1929 silent film Double Whoopee, an early work by comedy duo Laurel and Hardy.
Hosted by Dairyland Theatre Organ Society (DTOS)
$10 Suggested Donation
All proceeds fund DTOS’ theater organ installation project at Geneva Theater.
To reserve tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call or text 262-497-3270.
Before “talkies” Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy made the country laugh with a series of silent shorts. In Double Whoopee, screen siren Jean Harlow plays a blonde bombshell in a ritzy hotel where Laurel and Hardy work. As a footman and a doorman, the comedy team wreaks havoc on guests including wardrobe malfunctions with Harlow’s character and elevator malfunctions with a Russian nobleman.
As was the custom in the 1920s, Frame will provide a live organ soundtrack and sound effects throughout the 20-minute film, in addition to playing a selection of songs.
The instrument Frame will play for these concerts is the traveling Allen organ used at Miller Park for Milwaukee Brewer’s games and for sporting events at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena.
Discovering the theater pipe organ at age five, Frame is now a professional recording artist who entertains crowds nightly playing at the Milwaukee landmark, Piper Organ Pizza. He and his wife live in East Troy but Frame travels throughout the country performing and also maintaining historic theater organs.