• Theatre House

    664 Castleton View Road
    Castleton, Virginia 22716
Ticket Price $20.00-$45.00 This event is now over



World-percussionist Tom Teasley will create a soundtrack to the classic Charlie Chaplin film "The Immigrant" and the Buster Keaton classic "Sherlock, Jr." drawing on American Jazz traditions with lots of fun sound effects to enhance these two physical comedies.

The Immigrant (1917) stars Charlie Chaplin's Tramp character as an immigrant coming to the United States who is accused of theft on the voyage across the Atlantic Ocean and falls in love with a beautiful young woman along the way. The movie also stars Edna Purviance and Eric Campbell.

Chaplin drew on his own experiences immigrating to the United States and attempted to find humor in otherwise traumatic aspects of coming to a new land. Chaplin conjures many funny gags out of the hardships of an Atlantic passage on an immigrant vessel. These gags were enhanced by the rocking effect of the boat itself, which was partly achieved by a heavy pendulum that was fitted to the camera head.

Chaplin also found material for the film in his experience as an outsider careful with his money upon his arrival to America. During that time, Chaplin was intimidated by waiters and realized that others shared similar feelings. This fear was the spark for the café sequence.

Undertones of social criticism are suggested in The Immigrant, the first of many Chaplin films to contain such themes, which were seldom found in comedy films of this period. For instance, when the immigrants first see the Statue of Liberty the immigration officials rope all the foreigners together like cattle, causing Charlie to cast a quizzical second look at the land of the free.

The Immigrant also is significant in Chaplin’s evolution as a filmmaker because it is the first film in which his character embarks upon a full-fledged romantic relationship.

Tom Teasley is described in the Washington Post as "a multi-instrumental genius" He maintains a unique career as a solo percussionist, composer, and collaborator. Tom has received three Helen Hayes Awards (as well as seven nominations) for his inventive scores for theater projects in the DC Metro area. Drum awarded him The Drummie Award! Magazine for "World Percussionist of the Year"! He frequently tours worldwide, performing his unique world/jazz fusion style. 

Program length: 65 minutes

This is a family-friendly show.

Young & Old are welcome to stay on after the show for a Pre-Valentine's Day Reception and Q&A with Tom Teasley.



Our priority is to ensure that every audience member has the best and safest experience possible and to protect the health of our performers and staff.

Currently, we ask to see proof of vaccination or proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test. Masking at performances is only required of patrons who don’t have proof of  vaccination or negative COVID-19 test. Masks are always available at the door.

Please note that we are seating at 100% capacity for all performances.

If you or someone in your group doesn’t feel well, has exhibited symptoms of COVID-19 in the previous 14 days, or has been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the previous 14 days, you should not attend the performance.

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Venue Details

Theatre House

664 Castleton View Road
Castleton, Virginia 22716 Theatre House
Castleton Festival

Founded in 2009 by Maestro Lorin Maazel and Dietlinde Turban Maazel, the Castleton Festival introduced classical music, theatre, and opera to the rolling hills of Rappahannock County.

Castleton has been a life-changing experience for over 3,000 participants. Set in one of the most beautiful areas of Virginia, Castleton’s performances take place at the Theatre House: a former chicken coop for 15,000 hens converted to a “mini-Globe” European-style theatre with one of the finest acoustics in the world.  

There are four primary themes to Castleton’s present activities:

  • Castleton in Residency (CiR): one- to four-week Residencies for Artists of the highest caliber furthering their collaborative work and artistic growth. Artists are invited based on outstanding talent. In line with Maestro Maazel’s ethos, they are proactively encouraged to take risks and to challenge their artistic boundaries. The opportunity to fully immerse in the Maestro’s Legacy, his home, his music library, and his composing studio, together with performing in the Theatre House and experiencing the bucolic surroundings, imbues the artists with inspiration. Residencies to date have exceeded all expectations culminating in numerous recordings, some available via streaming on Castleton’s website.
  • Castleton in Mentorship (CiM): Artists in Residence are encouraged to make time available to teach Master Classes to high potential students from the local community. The Artists are also invited to bring their own students to participate in the unique experience. 
  • Castleton in Conversation (CiC): In collaboration with Daniel Lelchuk’s Talking Beats podcast, Castleton offers a new series which engages an extraordinary diversity of guests such as writers, musicians, scientists, entertainers, and thinkers in captivating and spirited dialogue. The common link between all is a passion for music.
  • Castleton in Performance (CiP), a year-round series, offers a multicultural experience. This thematically diverse series of recitals, chamber music, jazz, world music, theatre, chamber opera, and dance, brings internationally acclaimed artists into our own backyard. Eminent performers have included Mstislav Rostropovich, José Carreras, Itzhak Perlman, Emanuel Ax, Sir James Galway, Wynton Marsalis, Pepe Romero, Alec Baldwin, and Claire Bloom. 

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