Gold Town to offer Not-So-Silent Chaplin film with accompanied music by RattleTrap Ruckus

The Gold Town Nickelodeon Theater will continue their Not-So-Silent film series this week with Charlie Chaplin’s “The Circus,” featuring live accompanied music by RattleTrap Ruckus of Bellingham, Wash.

In the film, director Chaplin casts star Chaplin in his traditional Little Tramp role, who is on the lam from the law. He takes refuge under the tent of a failing circus. Unintentionally, Charlie disrupts the show’s big clown act, and the crowd roars. The ringmaster decides to hire Charlie as a clown, building the whole circus around him.

Rattletrap Ruckus is a four-piece instrumental band that plays a wide variety of music including fiddle tunes, ragtime, tango, paso dobles, various breeds of waltz, klezmer, norteño, polkas, and more. Find out more here:

Theater manager Collette Costa said organizing the live music-silent film pairings is no easy job, but well worth the effort.

“Finding musicians that are up to the task, convincing them that they indeed can do it, is only the first halt step,” she said in an email. “Then you have to find the right project, a film that not only reflects their musical style, but is something that they can watch about a hundred times in a row without getting tired of, and something that is going to have audience appeal.”

When it all comes together, it’s a lot of fun, she said, and a great way for families to share a completely unique art experience.

Costa put the series together a few years ago, inspired by a personal love for the silent film genre.

“This is an on-going series, spurred mostly from my great love of silent films, and my trying to figure out how to share that, and how to get modern audiences to give them a chance, and discover how amazing they can be,” Costa said in a previous interview.

Tickets are on sale online here now, or on our website, or at the Gold Town box office during showtimes, or at Rainy Retreat Books.

For more information, and to see showtimes, visit


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