SCT presents “Reeling,” a silent play about Buster Keaton

The Scottsdale Conservatory Theatre stages two free performances of a silent play based on Buster Keaton, a silent moviestar.

Buster Keatona, a silent movie actor

Buster Keaton, a silent movie actor

The free performance will feature actors participating in the six-week conservatory, considered an intensive summer “boot camp” for actors, aspiring actors and backstage technicians, according to a press release.

The SCT will perform “Reeling,” by Barry Kornhauser, as a tribute to the vintage era of silent film on 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 29 and Thursday, June 30 in the Performing Arts Center at Scottsdale Community College, 9000 E. Chaparral Road.

“Reeling,” directed by SCC Theatre faculty member, Randy Messersmith, tells the story of the silent movie great’s film persona who went to “the big city” after his rejected marriage proposal and ends up in a motion picture studio where he is mistaken for a big-shot director, the release said.

The conservatory’s professional training program, led by professional actors and veteran theater professionals, includes Mr. Messersmith and adjunct faculty members, Elaine “EE” Moe, Maren Mascarelli, Joya Scott, Karryn Allen, Guest Musical Director Lincoln Wright and a host of professional local and national visiting artists.

Reservations to the performances can be made at or call 480-423-6356.

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