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Aug 09

Buster Keaton: Alive and Well at MPAC

Posted on August 9, 2017 at 1:17 PM by Beth Shumate

KeatonFor this week's blog, we welcome guest writer Mike Tarzis of the North Texas Chapter of the American Theater Organ Society!

Any artist who has performed a musical score for a silent movie will tell you that Buster Keaton films rank at the top of the list for pure fun. Perhaps it’s the way Keaton viewed moviemaking that makes his films such fun to score and perform. For its August show, the North Texas Chapter of the American Theater Organ Society is bringing in the true master on everything Keaton for a one night only show of some of the silent comedian’s greatest screen efforts.

Among his other accomplishments, internationally known artist Dennis Scott is the official organist for the Buster Keaton Society. He has recorded original theater organ scores for many of films in the Mack Sennett film library, and is currently working on a DVD set featuring the films of Keaton, and Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle. When he’s not traveling or composing, Scott is the house organist at Chicago’s Music Box Theater, where he has performed for numerous silent film festivals and with several nationally known jazz groups. He has won numerous awards for his performances.

For his McKinney show, Scott has chosen six classic Keaton short films .  Included are Character Studies, The Goat (which features Arbuckle), Cops, The Bell Boy, The Garage, and Playhouse. It is a rare treat to have someone of this caliber and expertise travel to McKinney for a show on the MPAC’s Mighty Wurlitzer. Tickets are expected to go quickly for this event.

The program will be presented one night only on Saturday, August 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the McKinney Performing Arts Center. Adult tickets for the event are $12 in advance, or $14 at the door. Kids tickets are priced at $5 in advance, or $7 at the door. Seniors over 65 are admitted free, but tickets are required. Reservations can be made by calling the McKinney Performing Arts Center box office at (214) 544-4630, or on line at