Dual personality tale has dual viewing options

YOUNGSTOWN — Stambaugh Auditorium will screen the silent horror film “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” with live organ accompaniment Sunday.

If the movie — or being surrounded by people in the theater — sounds too scary, the event also will be live streamed and can be viewed from the comfort of one’s home.

The 1920 film, based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella, is set in late Victorian London and focuses on the tragic consequences of a doctor’s experiments in separating the dual personalities — one good and one evil — he believes define all humans.

Directed by John S. Robertson, the film stars John Barrymore as the doctor and his monstrous alter ego.

Performing a live score for the film on Stambaugh’s 1926 E.M. Skinner pipe organ will be Peter Richard Conte. Since 1989 he’s been the Wanamaker Grand Court Organist at Macy’s Department Store in Philadelphia, home of an organ with more than 29,000 pipes that is known as the largest fully functioning musical instrument in the world.

Conte has appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and National Public Radio, and he has been a featured artist and regional and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists.

The movie will be shown at 4 p.m. Sunday at Stambaugh, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown. Tickets for the live performance are $10 and include a bottle of water and a bag of popcorn. Tickets are available at the Stambaugh box office, online at stambaughauditorium.com and by calling 330-259-0555..

The event also can be livestreamed by downloading Stambaugh’s Digital Concert Hall app on its website.


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