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AMUSEMENTS., Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 74, 27 March 1909
HIS MAJESTY'S THEATRE.
"THE LITTLE BREADWINNER."
In spite of the most unpleasant weather, there was a good audience at His Majesty's Theatre last night, when Messrs Meynell and Gunn's Dramatic Company produced "The Little Breadwinner." Of the many "child" plays which have been staged during recent years, this piece has proved one of the most attractive to the public. The performance last night was o good one, the pathetic and sensational story meeting with the unstinted approval of the audience. The title role was played by little Miss Queenie Williams, with a cleverness and assurance far beyond her years. She was ably seconded by Miss Maggie Dickenson. Miss Lillian Meyers played Ruth Cherry with her customary dramatic ability, tluragh the part does not present the best opportunities for her. As Margaret Devantry, Miss Beatrice Holloway was pathetic and wellrestrained. The old Quaker philanthropist, played by Mr J. B. Atholwood, was a fine study, and the same remark may be applied to Mr C. R. Stanford's presentation of Joseph Prior, who is aptly described by the words: "Rogue that 1 am, I whisper to myself, 'I lie, I cheat, do anything for self. But who on earth shall say lam not pious ?'" The Auckland season will be brought to a close tonight with a final performance of "The Little Breadwinner." OPERA HOUSE. At the Opera House last night Fuller's Wide World pictures were again presented. The programme was a very entertaining one, and the audience was kept amused and interested the whole evening-. 6ome very fine scenes east in lands entirely new and foreign to Xew Zealanders were put on the sheet, and there was a happy selection of humorous and thrilling: creations. To-night's programme will be an entirely now one, and will include films depicting tiie bird-like flights of the aeronaut, Wilbur Wright. THE TIVOLI. A really excellent collection of pictures may be seen at the Tivoli Theatre, and to this fact it may be attributed that so many braved the elements last night for the purpose of enjoying the admirable programme arranged for their entertainment. Xaturally, at a. time like the present, the film illustrating Continental naval manoeuvres attracted a lot of attention. The matinee this afternoon was under the patronage of the children of the Orphans' Home. This evening a number of seats have been booked by Hamilton people, who are coming down for the purpose of witnessing the finish of the ninety-mile bicycle race. The following are the starters:—H. Flewellyn and A. Flewellyn scratch, W. W. Scott 5m,. D. Scott 12m., H. Scott 15m., T. Benyon 22m., X. Wadman 22m., B. Maberley 23m., P. R. Scott 25m., G. Howard 25m., J. Lynch 35m., W. Wickstead 35m., G. Herring 35m., S. Kitchen 40m., A. Twidle 40m.. T. Sullivan 60m., M. Brennan 60m., A. Viall 60m., A. Stewart's handicap withheld. The race will conclude at the Tivoli Theatre) Newton, about 7 p.m., and the prizes will be presented , at the evening performance. The first prize i? £5 and gold medal, the second £3, third £2, fourth £1 and a valuable gold medal with road championship blue ribbon for the fastest time. ROYAL PICTURES. A matinee was held at the Royal Albert Hall this afternoon, and was well attended. This week's programme has a well selected assortment of films, and should suit the tastes of the most exacting. Special mention must be made of "The Miner's Daughter," "The Highwayman," "A Duel in the time of Richelieu," "Views of Palestine, Moscow, Lake Constance and the Falls of the Rhine." The programme is well supplied with comedies, "The Bargain Fiend," "Ma-in-law at the Fair,' "The Loafer's Lucky Day," and "Taking Home the Eggs" being very funny. "SEXES AND SEVENS" AND "MANUELLA." Preliminary arrangements in connection with the "Sixes and Sevens" season, which commences at His Majesty's Theatre next Monday night, are now complete. Written by Miss Maud Peacocke, and composed by Mr Thos. Humphreys, both of whom are Aucklanders, "Sixes and Sevens," which is a two-act musical comedy, has a special local interest. The plot concerns the love affairs of two young couples whose own desires are opposed to those of stern parents. Amusing situations are evolved as the piece progresses, and some excellent lowcomedy scenes take place between a comical man-servant and a pretty housemaid. There are many musical numbers in the comedy, in each of which the composer has sought to please the ear with dainty melodies that have an irvesistable swing. One of the most striking features is a clever specialty "Spooks," in which composer and authoress have done smart and original work. Some picturesque ballets, ** designed and taught by Miss Jane Patterson, will be introduced. A chorus of 50 and an orchestra of 20 will perform. The whole production will be under the direction of Mr M. Cohen, whilst the composer will conduct. Patrons are reminded that a, percentage of the profits will be handed over to the Roman Catholic Church, Parnell. The box-plan is at Messrs Wildman and Arey's, and day sales (unreserved seats) may be obtained at His Majesty's Cafe. The full cast of "Sixes and Sevens" appears in our advertising columns. WIRTH'S CIRCUS. The last performance of Wirth's circus Tvill be-given this evening, and a visit to the big marquees can, for a night's ntertainment, thoroughly be recommended to all who have not yet seen this extensive show. Last, evening's performance was, despite the heavy rain, witnessed by a very large "house," and the numerous and excellent turns were heartily applauded by the audience. The menagerie is an unusually extensive one, and comprises a number of rare animals which, to the great majority of Aucklanders, will afford a novel sight, well worth seeing in itself. The last matinee was given this afternoon. The company 'leave for Sydney by Monday's steamer. ' v CLEMENT WRAGGE LECTURES. In spite of the forbidding weather, a lar<*e number of people made their way to "the Choral Hall last night to hear ■the second of the four lectures which are being given by the famous meteorolo<nst, Clement L. Wragge. "The Mal'esty of Creation" was the title of the lecture, which was splendidly illustrated
by lime-light' photographs of the wonders of the _*rfah and sky, including pictures taken from the world's leading observatories. The lecturer told his audience what science had revealed as to the evolution of our planet, and introduced much instructive inlornration as to the marvels of the infinite solar systems and the universe.
To night Mr. Wragge will lecture on "The Romance of the Atmosphere: Fore? casting the Weather," and the final lecture on Monday bears the interesting title, "The Flight of a Soul Through the Eternal Heavens."
AMUSEMENTS., Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 74, 27 March 1909
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