The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Hardrockin’
Drama Club will present the play “Silent Laughter” at 7 p.m. November 21, 22
and 23 in the Surbeck Center Ballroom.
Admission is free for Mines students with an ID and $5 for
all other attendees. Proceeds benefit the Rapid City Arts Council Children’s
Inspired by Charlie Chaplin and the legends of pre-talky
film, SILENT LAUGHTER brings roaring-20's silent movie mayhem live to the
stage. This no-monologue, gag-filled, water sloshing, bed crashing, pie
throwing craziness is performed with title cards projected over the actors'
heads and organ accompaniment.
This comic tour de force stars a dashing hero who overcomes
jail, poverty, World War I, and a dastardly villain, Lionel Drippinwithit, to
win the girl of his dreams. She is the heiress to the Thickwad Screw
Factory, a firm that has been "Screwing the American Public since
1861.” The pie fight and slapstick shenanigans caps the silent action.