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|Title||Life Saving Orchestra|
Oakley, William (photographer), circa 1930, New Plymouth
|Materials||photographic gelatin, silver, black-and-white film|
|Classification||gelatin silver negatives, black-and-white negatives|
|Format||whole plate (1/1)|
|Credit line||F B Butler/Crown Studios Collection. Gift of Frederick B Butler, 1971|
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Dramatic and Musical TRILBY" was put on at the Opera House on Monday night, and drew an immense audience. Numbers of people must have been turned away for lack of room. Before the curtain went up the "gods" addressed themselves to the task of enforcing a new fashion for lovely woman when she visits the theatre. With the tremendous emphasis of some hundred or so raucous voices acting in concert and well-marked time, the "Pit" demanded again and againâ€”"Take off those hats in front." The ladies made no sign at first, but as the order was repeated in a crescendo scale, and with increased vocal strength every time, the hats soon began to disappear and as each structure went down a yell of triumph ascended from the reformers at the back Up in Auckland the pittites have entered upon a similar crusade, and in that connection a funny incident occurred the other night. A lady appeared in the stalls with a double-decker hat on. All appeals to remove it proved fruitless, until a plaintive but awfully distinct voice called out, "Say, missus, will you take off that hen-roost and oblige." Amid a storm of laughter she gave in. Calling it a "hen-roost" was more than she could stand. But, to hark back to "Trilby," I think the management were wise in only putting it up for one night It was virtually a two-person play. That is to say, only two of the parts were strongly sustained. These two, of -course, were Miss Crane's Trilby, and Mr. Tyrone Power's Svengali. The former we have seen before Throughout the colonies Miss Crane's name is everywhere linked uith the name-part, and she has no rival in it. It is a splendid study, and still possesses all the old charm and fascination. Mr. â– Tyrone Power's Svengali is a very striking companion portraiture, consistent in all its details, and highly effective in every situation. His make-up was masterly, and his acting forcibly impressed the audience. In all other parts, saving Mr. Cecil Ward's Zou-Zou, the performance would not stand comparison with the originil presentation of the play. Miss Frances Grant sang "Ben Bolt" in the third act. * * * "Tess of the d'Urbervilles" was staged on Tuesday night, and was also performed on the two following nights as well. Those who have read the novel will hardly need to be told that the play is strongly emotional, and that it has a very sorrowful ending. In the first two acts there is much that is tender and bright in the loy^ passages between Tess and Angel Clare, and a freat deal of broad humour is furnished y the village clowns and hoydens and by Tess's uncouth parents. The last two acts are sombre in tone and possess many highly-wrought situations. But altogether it is a play that speedily â– engages one's interest, and holds the attention rivetted till the very end. * * * Miss Crane appeared to exceptional advantage in the name-part It affords her ampler scope than "Trilby" -for the exhibition of her powers in emotional acting, and the portraiture she presented was one of great force and singular sweetness. There was no straining after effect. The actress was merged in her role, and in her lighter moods just as in the deep gloom of the despair that settles down upon her life almost from the hour the wedding chimes cease ringing, she was in every detail natural. In short, it was a highly artistic impersonation, which, at all points, impressed the mind of the audience. * *â– * Mr. Tyrone Power gave a vivid and vigorous delineation of Alec D'Urberville. bringing out the coarse animalism of the profligate's character. In the hands of Mr. Cecil Ward the part of Angel Clare had its due prominence. It was very carefully enacted, and in the love-making passages he was particularly good. Miss Lilian Wheeler made quite a feature of the role of Marian, the dark-haired, passionate, and tippling dairy-maid, while Mr. Oily Deering as "Sir" John, the alleged "baronite," and Miss Julia Merton as Joan, his wife, furnished very effective character studies, developing their humorous side, and leaving no possible point unscored. Mr. Cyril Keightley was a most amusing Jonathan Kail and Misses Rose Musgrove, Florrje Gleesons Alma Vaughan, By Footlight. Mr. P. R. Dix is well advanced with his preparations for the Christmas Pan tomime season. The Theatre Royal has put on quite a festive aspect, and the internal arrangements are being brought right up to date. The pantomime company will comprise Miss Ida Roslyn as principal "boy," Miss Ivy Scott as principal "girl," the Williams Sisters (4), the Leonard Combination (4), the Staunton Sisters (2), Miss Ivy Foster, Messrs. Kearns and McKisson (knockabout artists), Tom Leonard, and George Dean (eccentric comedians), Gale (actor vocalist), and others. With a cast of twenty-five capable artists, an orchestra of eight, fifty well-trained supernumeraries, every dress and scene gorgeous and new, and a stage the second largest in New Zealand to display it on, the production of "The Babes in the Wood" on Boxingnight should mark an epoch in the nistorv of local amusements. * â€¢ â€¢ G. R. Stanford has engaged a strong dramatic company for his New Zealand tour, which starts at Dunedin on Boxing Night. It includes Ida Gresham Roland Watts-Phillips, Katie Towers, Rosa Conroy, Pearlie Hellmrich, J. F. Cathcart, Frank Hawthorne, J. P. O'Neill, Frank Harcourt. S. A. Fitzgerald, Edwin Campbell, J. Ashton, King, and George Chalmers. Repertoireâ€”"The Power and the Glory,'' "When London Sleeps," '.'Shall We Forgive Her," "A Soldier and a Man," and â€¢â€¢jLiOOO Reward." *â– * # Miss Nance O'Neill, who opens at Auckland on Boxing Night, brings with her a repertoire of plays which includes â€¢Fedora/ "Insomar," "Madge," "Camille," "Queen Elizabeth," "School for Scandal," "Hedda Gobler," "Macbeth," 'La Tosca," "Peg Woffington," and'"The Jewess." * * * Harry Abbott writes to say that Mr. Northcote has arrived from bis trip through America and Great Britain with an entirely new entertainment, entitled ''Pepper's Ghost" and Gompertz's spectrescope. He has secured a large and varied repertoire of pieces, consisting of operas, dramas, comedies, etc., and the show is pronounced by the English press to be "the largest illusory en tertainment on tour." It goes down the West Coast for Christmas and New Year, opening at Nelson on Boxing night. The Opera House, Wellington has been secured for two weeks, starting 25th February. A first-class programme is being prepared for a grand social and conversazione, to be held in the Skating Rink, on Wednesday evening next, as an expression of sympathy with the Marist Brothers. The holiday-making public will notice by advertisement elsewhere that the Manawatu Railway Company will issue, from the 18th instant up till the 2nd January inclusivej excursion tickets to and from Wellington, Johnsonville, Longburn, Palmerston, Feilding, Woodville, and all other stations on the Napier-Taranaki section. These tickets will be available for return until the 19th February. The present issue contains the business announcement that Messrs. W. J. Napier. W. L. Fitzherbert, and R. F. Smith have started practice in co-partnership as solicitors, in Wellington. This legal firm comes among us with very high credentials, and is sure to establish an extensive practice. Mr. W. J. Napier is well-known as one of the very ablest advocates at _ the New Zealand Bar, and Messrs. Fitzherbert and Smith are sound and capable lawyers. Offices have been taken in the Widows' Fund Buildings, in Customhouse-quay, opposite the Bank of New Zealand. "We have received a copy of "New Zealand Chimes." a slim little booklet in green and gold, which contains halta-dozen pieces of melodious verse by David McKee Wright. They are invested with local colour, and manifest much taste and felicity of expression on Mr. Wrights part. We are tempted to quote a few lines from the poem on "Wellington, which strike us as being both apt and effective: â€” "No languid beauty she, Spreading her soft limbs amid dreaming flowers, But rough and strenuous, red with rudest health, Tossing hei blown hair from her eager eyes That look afar, filled with the gleam of power, She stands the strong queen city of the south." It is rather a pity that all the lettering is done in gilt, for it makes arduous reading. and Clarice Malyon, and Messrs. W. F. Grant, C'arden vVilson, Arthur Lissant, and R. C Pitcher all gave an excellent account of themselves. In fact, every part was capitally played. The drama uas staged with completeness of detail, and the opening and closing sets of scenery were of a very high order of merit viz., the English rural scene in which Crick's dairy farm is set, and the Druidic ruins of Stonehenge, amid which, at early dawn, Tess surrenders to the officers of justice. "The Royal Divorce" starts to-night (Friday), and will run until Monday inclusive. * * * The repeat performance of the variety entertainment under the auspices of the Marist Brosthers' Old Boys' Association was given in St. Patrick's Hall on Monday evening last, and achieved a signal success. Misses Woods and Gambril especially, in their fantastic clubswinging, met with hearty applause. Mr. J. Doyle and Mr. W. H. Jones, with his pupils, gave an interesting exhibition ot heavy weight lifting and club swinging. Mrs. Webster, Mr. J. Flanagan and Master D. Twohill rendered vocal items of a high order of merit and Mr. A. Callum recited "The Chariot Race" with stirring effect. The second part of the programme was devoted to the negro comedians, and the part singing of the respective chorales was exceedingly well executed, and met with cordial appreciation. The various costumes worn by the "CoopÂ« ' Â«md little "Niggers" were very tasteful, and added much vivacity to the stage appearance, which, when the curtain went up, called forth loud applause. The musical director, Rev. Father Moloney, must be congratulated on the success of the singing, for the result certainly proved that he had very thoroughly trained the singers. * * * Pugilist Bob Fitzsimmons is being starred through the States in a new melodrama entitled "The Honest Blacksmith." Which reminds us that Fitz was a Timaru blacksmith before he became a professional slogger. * *â– * Fuller's Bijou Company are still doing splendid business. On Saturday night the Choral Hall was packed to the doors, and a first-class programme was presented. The opening set, "In the Woods," with Miss Georgie Devoe as interlocutor, was bright, crisp, and very funny, while Chas. Faning made a tremendous hit with his budget of whimsicalities. Fisko, the boy juggler, gave a capital exhibition of sleight of hand, and Miss. Lottie Lome brought down the house with her London character sketches. Mr. Will Watkins, with his ludicrous songs, had a great reception, and the Mahers, Ted Herberte, etc., descriptive vocalists, in their song and dance turn, and Katie Lynn, soprano vocalist, all came in for full kudos. Chas. Faning and Georgie Devoe, as "The Two Humpty Dumpties," simply threw the audience into convulsions of laughter, and they were obliged to keep possession of the stage for nearly half an hour. On Wednesday evening Mr Aubrey Douglas, a fresh "end man," from Melbourne, made his first appearance, and was cordially received. Miss Trixie Le Mar has also had a popular welcome. * * * The Dix Gaiety Company, at the Exchange Hall, has undergone another of its frequent metamorphoses, and on Wednesday night quite an array of newly arrived artistes made their appearance. Miss Ida Roslyn, the handsome little serio-comic singer and sprightly danseuse, resumed her acquaintance with the Wellington public, and received quite an ovation. Encore followed encore, until she _ must have been breathless with dancing. Miss Ivy Scott, a well-known Sydney favourite, made her debut as a coster's "donah," and scored a great hit. She leaned at a bound into popular favour. McKisson and Kearns, in their "knockabout act" of Irish comicalities, kept the audience on the broad grin for a considerable time, as the aforesaid audience was loth to let them depart. The vest of the company still maintain their hold on popular favour. * * * Phil. Stuart, of waxworkian fame, is to manage a Shakespearian tour of George Limelight Rignold through New Zealand. * *â– * A. H. Whitehouse, of kinematqgraph fame, has been visiting the Paris Exhibition, and has picked up some novelties there for the entertainment of the colonial public. He writes that he has secured the animated picture machine which won the Grand Prix for showing a moving picture with the least perceptible flicker, a set of panoramic life motion scenes of the Exposition, an extensive set of miscellaneous pictures, and the concert grand phonograph, which won the gold medal. * * * "Henry Plimmer," says the Melbourne "Critic," "is rapidly becoming a mincing band-box actor. His words filter through his closed lips, he is got up to look lovely, and he is altogether too ladylike for a man of his dimensions."
*- J-^^^^W^^^yâ€”/-^i.-1) (New Zealand Free Lance, 15 December 1900)- National Library of New Zealand
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