THE EVERETT BROS. CONCERT.
Messrs. Everett Brothers’ concert last night was a huge success from all points of view. The attendance was large, the hall being quite full, and the acting and singing were far above the average. During the evening the applause was hearty and frcq uent, testifying to the appreciation of the various items presented. The front of die hall was hung with Chinese lanterns to mark the place where the entertainment was going on, and in the early part of the evening the brass band played a tune or two at the door. The proceedings inside were opened by Mr. F. Everett, who made a humorous speech that was very flatteringly received. This was followed by the sweet little comedy of “ The Happy Pair,” in which appeared the ever fresh Mr. and Mrs. Hoskins, whose well-known talent received the recognition it so well deserves. After an interval, the musical portion of the programme commenced, the introduction being a well played overture by a lady amateur. The first song was given by Mr. Jacobsen “The harp that once in Tara’s halls.” A repetition was demanded, but owing to the length of the programme, he declined. Mr. Hoskins followed with the oration from Julius Caesar, which in his hands was a splendid exhibition of declamatory art, both in voice and gesture. Miss Ellis followed with “ Oh, fair dove,” and her sweet voice contributed not a little to the pleasure of the evening. Mr. Robertson, as a “ Bold militiaman ” was not very perfect at the “ goose step,” but made a fair appearance in spite of the trick his moustache strings played him. Mrs.' Bell sang “ Esmeralda ” remarkably well, and with an artistic grace that was much appreciated. The duet “Larboard watch ” evinced want of joint practice but showed that both gentlemen could sing. Mrs. Corrick is not unknown to an Ashburton audience, and we enjoyed her sweet rendering of 1 ‘ The fair moon.” Mr. Robinson’s “Farewell to his Arab steed ” my perhaps teach those who entertain horsey colonial sentiments that there is something more to be considered in horseflesh than simply £ s. d. Miss Ellis in “ Give me back my heart ” closed a very nice musical programme. The piano was manipulated by Miss Palmer, Mr. Everett, and Mr. Weeks in turn, and the fine touch and delicate execution of the lady was much admired. The concert closed with the scene from “ The Hunchback” in which Helen (Miss Colville) teaches Modus (Mr. Jacobson) the art of love. The scene was perhaps the hit of the evening, certainly the applause it received was loud and prolonged. L 24 9s. are the financial results of the concert for charitable purposes, and we hope it will form the nucleus of a substantial fund, to be added to during the winter months for the benefit of deserving suffering ones.
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