Silent film and slapstick comedy are making a comeback in schools, as kids perform original skits based on physical comedy and music of silent film.
At Central-Line School, kids performed skits to the tune of “Easy Street” and “Train a Comin”. “They’re working on silent film and physical comedy,” said teacher Tony Napoletano. He sat at the back of Abby Nyhof’s music class, while his students tripped, sprawled, and fake slapped through mini silent films like Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin.
The class featured much laughter as the students acted their skits and then watched themselves star in the small film.
“I never knew how to do a trick and stuff, and it was a great experience to know how to do it,” said fifth grader Melaina Kloberdanz. She also learned “how rehearsed you had to be to get it right.”
Before students made their own movies, they watched movie clips of silent film stars Myrna Loy, Charlie Chaplin, and Buster Keaton.