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Silent Laughter offers a roaring good time
Release Date Wednesday, November 20, 2013

RAPID CITY, S.D. (Nov. 20, 2013) – The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology's 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 Program.

Inspired by Charlie Chaplin and the legends of pre-talky film, "Silent Laughter" brings the 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.


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