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Oct 21

The Phantom Returns to McKinney

Posted on October 21, 2019 at 9:13 AM by Beth Shumate

By Guest Writer Mike Tarzis
North Texas Chapter of the American Theater Organ Society

If ever there was a silent movie that was made for a theater organ accompaniment, it has to be the 1925 classic
The Phantom of the Opera. The film’s overall dark mood and its eerie settings in and out of the catacombs snaking beneath the Paris opera house are perfect for the stentorian, sometimes downright frightening tonal capability of the Mighty Wurlitzer Theater Pipe Organ.

Once again, by popular demand, The North Texas Chapter of the American Theater Organ Society will present the horror classic for one night only on Saturday, October 26 at the McKinney Performing Arts Center just to get everyone in the Halloween spirit.

The film, of course, is a classic that has been remade several times, and even became a stage production and  Broadway hit, but many critics believe the original starring the master of makeup Lon Chaney set the standard for all the copies that came later. The plot is a simple love story as old as time itself. A deformed former opera performer falls in love with the Paris Opera’s latest soprano Diva, but his affection is not returned. In an effort to win her over, the Phantom creates murder and mayhem, threatening to bring down the classic opera venue until he gets what he wants.

Providing the musical score on the Might Wurlitzer will be Jim Pitts, a performer who perhaps knows this film better that most organists in the country. It has become his signature movie, as he has performed it several times over the years to the delight of McKinney audiences.

The film begins at 7:30 p.m. at the McKinney Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for seniors, and free admission for all students. For ticket information, call the MPAC Box Office at 214-544-4630, or online.