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Singin' in the Rain Kicks Off Series of 1920s Events

Nov 05th, 2013

For Immediate Release

November 5, 2013

Come enjoy one of the most acclaimed musicals of all time on the big screen on Thursday, November 14 at The Smith Opera House. The Geneva Historical Society and the Smith Center for the Arts present the 1952 classic Hollywood musical Singin' in the Rain starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds. The movie kicks off a winter of 1920s themed-events leading up to a Speakeasy fundraiser for the Society at Belhurst on January 17. Singin' in the Rain imagines the trials of one Hollywood studio during the difficult transition from silent film to modern "talkies." Two popular silent stars attempt to make a sound film and musical, but theĀ  leading lady has a voice that is anything but music to the ears. In steps a young chorus girl played by Reynolds to provide the hidden vocal talent and a love interest for Kelly's leading man. Romance, comedy and Kelly's energeticĀ  dance numbers ensue. Voted by the American Film Institute as one of the Top 100 films of all time, it is often described as one of the best musicals ever made. Rated G with a runtime of 1 hour and 42 minutes. Prior to the film, the lobby of The Smith will be transformed by a photo display of Geneva images from the 1920's. This display will open at 7 p.m. with the film starting at 7:30 p.m. Other Roaring Twenties events this winter include dance lessons with Toeprints Dance Studio, a costume workshop with costumer Georgia Carney, presentations on radio shows and 1920s fashion, and a program on writers of the 1920s with the Geneva Public Library. Visit for details. For more information about the series or to purchase tickets for the Speakeasy event in January, please call the Geneva Historical Society at 315-789-5151

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