(West Plains) – Area residents can revisit some of the most beloved movie musicals of all time when Missouri State University-West Plains’ “That’s Entertainment” film series gets underway this Thursday, February 2, at the West Plains Civic Center theater.
Hosted by the Missouri State University-West Plains’ University/Community Programs (U/CP) Department, the free series, in its 13th year, will be held at 6:30 PM each Thursday during the month of February.
The first film scheduled for showing is the Academy Award-nominated film “Singin’ in the Rain”. Released in 1952, the movie stars Hollywood musical legends Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds in a comedy about the movie industry as it transitioned from silent films to “talkies” in the late 1920s. Written directly for the screen, the film light-heartedly touches on some of the very real problems motion picture studios faced when producing films for the new age of sound.
Kelly and Stanley Donen co-directed the film, and Kelly choreographed this American classic, which features two of the best known dance scenes on film – Kelly’s bright performance to the film’s title song and O’Connor’s vaudevillian antics to the tune “Make ‘em Laugh.” Although it was not a big hit when first released, “Singin’ in the Rain” is now described as one of the best movie musicals ever made and is among the top 10 movies of all time as rated by the American Film Institute. It is rated G.
The discussion session following its showing will be facilitated by Dennis Lancaster, director of the university’s William & Virginia Darr Honors Program, and Public Relations Specialist Vickie Driskell.
The series will continue February 9 with the 1961 screen adaptation of the Broadway hit “West Side Story.”, “The King and I,” set for February 16, and “Grease: The Rockin’ Rydell (Sing-A-Long) Version,” set for February 23.
For more information about the annual film series, call the U/CP Department office at 417-255-7966.