Join us for a special event featuring the Mary Pickford classic about a wealthy young girl whose life changes when her father dies (later remade with Shirley Temple, and again in 1995) with an enchanting live harp score performed by harpist-composer Leslie McMichael
Sara Crewe (Mary Pickford) is a wealthy young girl who is sent away to a boarding school in London. It’s not long before Sara wins the friendship of the other students as well as the school’s maid, Becky (ZaSu Pitts), who is included in Sara’s nighttime story telling. When Sara’s father dies and his fortune is lost Sara is reduced to becoming a servant for the school herself, and finds out who are really her true friends. (USA, 1917, 62 min., b/w)
Silent film star Mary Pickford was America’s Sweetheart in the early years of Hollywood cinema. Her leading role in A Little Princess, was the first film rendition of the beloved children’s novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett and showcased Mary’s expressive acting and iconic golden curls. The film also marked the beginning of a long creative collaboration with screenwriter Frances Marion. Both Pickford and Marion were powerful film making pioneers in a new industry which was fertile ground for a generation of women who wrote, directed and produced movies for an eager public. This screening of the silent classic A Little Princess will be brought to life by harpist Leslie McMichael’s live accompaniment on concert, Celtic and electric harps.
LESLIE MCMICHAEL feels lucky to be doing what she loves for a living. A graduate of Wellesley College, her musical pursuits include performance, teaching, recording, and composition. Leslie’s versatility takes her from touring with silent film performances to playing for local weddings. Leslie has pursued Suzuki Method training with Mary Kay Waddington at the American Suzuki Institute in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, and now directs a thriving Suzuki harp program in the greater Seattle area. Recently asked to join the Suzuki Academy faculty at Music Center of the Northwest, Leslie has also taught harp at the Evergreen Suzuki Institute, the Edmonds Summer Music School, and the Suzuki Institute of Seattle. Leslie is on the 4Culture Touring Arts Roster, has served as president of the Suzuki Association of Washington State and of the Seattle Chapter of the American Harp Society, directs the annual Vashon Island Harp Camp, and has adjudicated at the Washington State Solo and Ensemble Contest and the Pacific Northwest Scottish Games harp competition. She lives on Vashon Island in a purple house with her wonderful husband, four cats and a turtle.
“With three different kinds of harps, McMichael creates a soundscape that is both varied in texture and tone, alternating between the various sounds with cinematic panache.” -Rivet Magazine