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AMUSEMENTS., Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 66, 18 March 1909
HIS MAJESTY'S THEATRE.
There was a good audience at His Majesty's Theatre Last evening, when the Meynell and Gunn Dramatic Company again presented the melodrama "A Miner's Trust." As at the previous performances, the excellent work of the various principals was received with warm approval by the large audience. The last three nights of "A Miner's Trust" are announced. W alter Howard's new drama, "Two Little Sailor Boj's," will be staged at His Majesty's Theatre on Monday evening next by the Meynell and Gunn Company. Mr. Howard has written many fine dramas, both of the romantic and melodramatic school, but it is questionable if he has ever created a stronger and more natural story than the strenuous drama entitled "Two Little Sailor Boys," says the Melbourne "Argus." The play in its two characters recalls the popular drama, "Two Little Vagabonds," but in no other respect is there any resemblance, for the plot is original and replete with, those touches or fine humanity which are gradually creating a refining influence in the public mind for this kind of play.
There was a good audience at the Opera House last night when an excellent selection of moving pictures was shown. The programme is a well selected one, and covers a wide range of subjects. Th<3 same entertainment will be shown nightly until Saturday, when the usual weekly change will be inaugurated.
The anticipations of an excellent evening's entertainment at West's Pictures caused a large audience to assemble last evening at the Tivoli, .»nd from the rounds of applause it was manifest that their expectations were more than realised. The excellent music of Burkes Orchestra was also a feature of the cntertainme.it. The Barry-Towns sculling match was an admirable film, and Lake Cameo was one of the most picturesquely beautiful yet shown. Both these films were loudly applauded. Another excellent picture was motor boating at Trouville, in which several types were seen racing at top speed down the river out. to sea, round the Light Ship, and back again. The sensational adventures of Nick Carter were represented as he gallantly rushed the rendezvous of a gang of coiners. Naturally these pictures evoked great enthusiasm from the small boys present. An effective film was one in which an inventor is first -shown hard at work on a flying machine. Tired outj he throws himself down on a rough pallet to rest. Then follows effective representations of what he dreams, as the successful inventor of a manageable airship. The denouement is when the man wakes up to find that after all "it was only a dream." There are many other pictures which make the present programme most interesting.
ROYAL ALBERT HALL.
. Evidence of the popularity of the "Royal Pictures" was again provided in ' the large audience at the Royal Albert Kail last evening. The pictures are a . splendid assortment, and the powerful light used adds to the evening's enjoyj ment. The last nights of the present pro- , gramme are announced, and at the Saturday matinee an entire change of prot gramme will be made.
An Irish national concert was held at ' St. Benedict's Hall last night. The hall was crowded, and many people were refused admission, instructions being received, from the building inspector to close the doors. The opening number was a chorus by the children attending the Catholic schools, entitled "Let Erin Remember." They were enthusiastically applauded, and were also successful in Reveral other contributions. Miss Coleta Lornjan sang "Come Back to Erin" in a delightful manner, and was recalled, j rendering "'Spring's the Time for Love" . as an encore. Miss Florence Quinn was i ' heartily applauded for her singing of "The Wearin' of the Green," and in rej sponse to an encore she sang "The Last Kose of Summer." A quartet, "The Dear r Little Shamrock," sung *y Messrs. Egan, ' Adeane, Hiscocks, and Pritehard. waa a feature of the programme, the contribu- ' tors receiving an ovation. Another quartet, May Erin's Faith Ne'er Lani guish," eung by Misses C. Lorrigan, ■Duifm, Tobin, and Mrs. Hiscocks, was also I well' rendered. M-essrs. Egan, Pritchard, and Hiecocks were also very successful in their singing of "The Low-backed Car." Madame Casier sang "God Save Ireland." She was applauded enthusias- ) tically. and the audience joined in lustily singing the chorus. The singer was recalled, and later on received an encore for her rendering of '"Killarney." J THE MALLIXSONS. Since the former visit of the JlalHnsons so many wishes have been expressed by Auckland music-lovers to hear them t once again that a hearty welcome may . be predicted for to-night, when the well- , known composer and his gifted wife will make the first of their two final apI pparances here. Auckland has often been visited by great singers, but the visit j of Mr. Albert Mallinson marks a newdeparture in that it is the first time that a song-writer of such ability has ,' given Tecitals of his own works here. Mr. Mallinson stands in the front rank of living composers, and music-lovers , who wish to hear the modern song at its best should not fail to be present on '. Thursday. Professor Starcke. the eminent German critic, writes: ''The Mallin- , son who speak for themselves. One I seldom meets with such gem?. They . spring from a deep emotionalism, beautified and characterized by the way in which the accompaniments bear out the poetic idea." The box plan is at Wildman and Arey's.
AMUSEMENTS., Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 66, 18 March 1909
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