Silent Movie Night
- Sacred Heart Cultural Center
Based loosely on the operetta of the same name, The Merry Widow is legendary director Erich von Stroheim’s most successful film. Starring Mae Murray, the “Girl with the Bee-Stung Lips” and idol-in-the- making John Gilbert, The Merry Widow is a delightful romp set in a fictional eastern European principality so beguiling to American audiences at the time. Murray charms as Sally O’Hara, star of New York follies troupe wooed by two princes – the good-hearted womanizer Danilo (Gilbert) and his fetishist cousin the crown prince Mirko. Duty to country forces Danilo to deny his heart and give up his love forcing Sally into marriage with a wealthy but repellant financier. Widowhood and a large inheritance bring Sally back to the kingdom and chaos ensues!
Georgia’s own acclaimed theatre organist Ron Carter will be at the helm of Sacred Heart’s instrument weaving themes from the original score and music from the era to bring The Merry Widow to life. Throughout the last forty years, Ron Carter has been perfecting the art of accompanying silent films. This is his 15th season with Sacred Heart.
Melanie has sung with the New York Lyric Opera, the Augusta Opera, the Augusta and Columbia County Choral Societies, and the Augusta Players. She is a vocal instructor for the Augusta University Conservatory and maintains a private studio.
It’s an evening not to be missed!