As a Halloween treat, the popular organist will accompany the 1920 feature-length silent film that launched John Barrymore as a movie star in the double role of the kindly doctor and his horrible alter ego.
Based on the Robert Louis Stevenson story, Dr. Henry Jekyll’s enthusiasm for science and his selfless acts of service have made him a much-admired man. When he visits Sir George Carew one evening, his host criticizes him for his reluctance to experience the more sensual side of life. Sir George goads Jekyll into visiting a music hall, where he watches the alluring dancer Gina. Jekyll becomes fascinated with the two contrasting sides of human nature, and he becomes obsessed with the idea of separating them. After extensive work in his laboratory, he devises a formula that does indeed allow him to alternate between two completely different personalities, his own and that of a brutish, lascivious person whom he names Hyde. It is not long before the murderous personality of Hyde begins to dominate Jekyll’s affairs.
James is currently the theater organist for the Washington Center for the Performing Arts in Olympia, Washington, and also house organist for the Coleman Theatre in Miami, Oklahoma, while continuing as the Cinequest Festival silent film organist for the California Theatre in San Jose.
Tickets are $23 for adults and $16 for students and youth.