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West's Pictures and the Brescians

There was a large audience at the 0.1(1----fellows' Hall last evening, when West's Pictures and the Brescians opened a throe night season in this town. The Cinernntograph pictures exhibited were as nearly perfect as it it possible for them to be, the use of electric light of high power ensuring the full illumination of the various views, while with scarcely an exception the pictures were clear, well defined, and remarkably steady. The programme opened with views depicting their Majesties the King and Queen, the finest portrait views ever seen ia Ashburton. Following this the audience was transplanted, p9r ttiograpb, to Sunny Italy, to watch the crowds feeding pigeons on the plaza before St. Marks, to see the ripple on the water in the canals of Venice, and to watch the gondoliers as they skilfully pilot their craft between the streets of palaces. From the calm and peace of Venice by moonlight, the soene shifted to Vesuvius in full eruption. A very fine series of pictures was that which depicts a rescue from fire by firemen. A remarkable set of pictures was that descriptive of boe culture, showing the bees at work on the "comb, and all phases of the bee-farmer's work. A novelty in the moving picture line was the view of Barcelona Park, whioh is stereoscopic in effect. The " Wild West " Indian and cowboy scenes were interesting and vivid spectacles, while the various comedy Bketches pourtrayed by the biograph kept the audience well amused. The "Hunt for a lost Child" and " The Burglar and the Girls " were perhaps the best appreciated. The performance terminated with a series of splendid coloured views depicting a "Trip to the Sun," the remarkable adventures and gorgeous scenes en route being exceptionally realistic. " The Brescians," a company of talented instrumentalists and singers, went through a varied and interesting musical programme during the evening. The opening number, an orchestral fantasia from " Les Clocbes de Corneville," was performed .in artistic style, Miss Domenica Martinengo taking the solo vocal part, while the effect of the "Ding-dong Bell" Chorus was enhanced by special bell effects. The Brescians then sang Mr Flavell Hay ward's arrangement of " The Old Folks at Home," without instrumental accompaniment, Mr Rudall Hayward tastefully the solo part to the accompaniment of an imitation of the banjo by the rest of the performers. Miss Domenica Martinengo sang •' Sweet Spirit, Hear my Prayer" very effectively, replying to an encore with " John Anderson My Jo." Miss Antonia Martinengo earned an encore by her excellent rendition of the celebrated "II Bacio," valse song, and sang " The Cuckoo ■" as her second number. Miss Adelina Martinengo's violin playing waa a musical treat, the variouß effects being obtained easily and gracefully, while the quality of tone obtained was very pure and sweet. She was enthusiastically encored for her playing of a brilliant solo by Poliakin, entitled " The Canary." The humorous duets by Miss Antonia Martinengo and Mr Fred Mills were much appreciated, while Mr Eudall Hay ward scored a distinct success with his spirited rendering of Trotere's " Deathless Army," singing the " Skippers of St. Ives " as an encore number. Miss Sara Hendy, who plays her own pianoforte accompaniment, sang a quaint little song, Clutsam's "Vanity Fair " in a very pleasing manner, singing as an encore " Just Her Way." Mr Fred Mills was the favourite of the audience, his various comic songs being much enjoyed. The orchestra, in conclusion, performed a selection entitled " A Morning Canter." The company gave a matinee this afternoon, while this evening the programme will be entirely changed, both pictorial and musical items being fresh.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Issue 6579, 25 May 1905

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West's Pictures and the Brescians Ashburton Guardian, Issue 6579, 25 May 1905