Auguste Van Biene Company.
14 The Broken Melody."
Considering the fact that Mr J. C. Williamson's Bio-tableau Company was successful m drawing such a crowded house m the Oddfellows' Hall on Tuesday evening, it was feared that Mr Musgrove's Company, headed by Auguate Van Biene, the celebrated actor-musician, would not receive adequate patronage at the hands of Ashburton theatre goers. However, fall advantage was taken of the visit of such a distinguished artiste, and the Hall was well filled last night, many prasent having travelled a distance from the country districts. " The Broken Melody " is a drama of great power, containing many strong scenes, the whole being set to appropriate music. At the hand 3of the company the piece received full justice, and the rendering was on the whole a highly satisfactory one. As Paul Borinski (a musician), Mr Auguste Van Biene attained a very high standard from a histrionic standpoint, while his brilliant playing of the 'cello fairly captivated the audience, His acting was realistic and at the same time powerful, the scenes wherein he is duped by the scheming Duehass de Verviers, and made to doubt his wife's fidelity, being especially well acted, and by no means over done. Miss Lena Burnleigh, as B.>rinski's wife, while probably not quite forcible enough for the character, gave a fairly satisfactory representation. Miss Marie Rignold filled the role of the scheming Duchess de Verviers with decided credit, and her portrayal of the duplicity of the character left little to be desired. Minor parts> comic and serious, were creditably filled by Mr Henry Ludlow (an agent of the Russian Police), Mr Horace Lingard (a theatrical agent), Mr Arthur Bawtrea (a lodging house keeper), Mr Ernest Laceby (a doctor), Mr Arthur Lewis (Hon. Eichard Rpinnacker), Mr Arthur Bldred (a French Impressario), Mrs Morton (lodging house keeper's wife), and Miss Avice Gnhame (Hon. Mrs Spinnacker). The scenery was effective, and the play waß followed with intense interest from beginning to finish. An especial feature was the exquisite playing <j£ the 'cello by Van Biene, who. provod feimself one of the most capable musical artistes that have yet favoured Ashburton with a visit. Mr Musgrove is to be congratulated on his enterprise m bringing such a strong combination to Ashburton, and the support accorded him last night by the local public should induce him to bring some other companies here.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6561, 4 May 1905
Auguste Van Biene Company. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6561, 4 May 1905
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