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AMUSEMENTS., Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 84, 8 April 1909
"MANDBLLA." The fourth production last night of the Birch-Humphreys operatic extravaganza "Manuella" went with a tripsonie swing throughout, and generally appealed to the satisfactory audience that had attended to witness it. Most of the performers displayed that proper spirit of gay and natural levity that fitted with the atmosphere of the piece, and the rythm of harmonious progress infected the audience plenteously. "Manuella" appears for the last time to-night. OPERA HOUSE. The cinephone continues to please large audiences at Fuller's Opera House, the singing pictures being marvellously realistic. The dramatic series of film illustrating Rider Haggard's "She" is a great attraction, and a judicious choice of themes helps to build up a strong programme, tin Good Friday night a special programme will be given, when Madame Blanche Corelli will sing "I will Extol Thee, O Lord" and other sacred songs. Saturday's matinee will see another change of pictures. ROYAL ALBERT HALL. The attractive programme at the Royal j Albert Hall drew a large and appreciative audience last night. To-morrow A special entertainment will be provided, including a series illustrating the story of "Parsifal." On Saturday there will be a change of programme at the matinee. At the evening performance on Easter Monday Mr. E. Travis will commence his task of attempting to beat the world's piano-playing record. TIVOLI THEATRE. At the Tivoli Theatre, where the entertainments are increasing in popularity, there was a very good attendance last night. The programme, which was a new one. -was of good variety and nice selection. From Paris to London was shown hy a very tine set of films, and the scenes by the way between the grim old greatest-city-on-earth and the gay French metropolis were wonderfully interestin". Such creations as "The Evils of Spiritualism" and "Elixir of Youth" provided much diversion. A series going by the title "The Spiteful Groom" revealed some of the cleverest work of the kinematographist. "The Diamond Thieves" pointed to imaginative genius on somebody's part. "Roller Skating Craze" and "Burglars' Unexpected Bath" were mirth-provoking in the extreme. The finest of all the picture items was the "Ruins of Sicily." "Bear-hunting in Russia" iwas a splendid item. The management, introduced to the public for the first time the boy vocalist, Hubert Carter. The singer is the possessor of a very fine soprano voice, and is the material for the making of a really line artist. He v an Auckland boy, who was for some time playing the part "Blob" in "Bluebell in Fairyland" for Tollard's Juvenile Opera Company. Master Carter rendered very sweetly tho songs "Ring Down the Curtain" and "Good-bye, ilv Little Daffodil."
POLLARD OPERA SEASON. A season of comic opera and musical comedy will be inaugurated on Saturday next by the Pollard Juvenile Opera Company at His Majesty's Theatre. Since the last successful season here by this clever organisation, now numbering some 70 artists, reports state that several new faces willle seen, and that all the former favourites have been retained. The company has considerably grown, both in numbers and stature and are said to conduct themselves on the stage with all the skill and art of leading adults. The company, which contains some 30 odd specially trained dancers, have met with pronounced success wherever they have appeared, and are sure of a big welcome in Auckland on Saturday next. THE ROYAL WELSH MALE CHOIR. To-morrow (Good being ob served as a close holiday, the customary facilities for reservfng seats will not be available, but intending patrons of the Royal Welsh Male Choir may either book or procure early door tickets from 9 a.m. in the vestibule of the Royal Hotel. The season is limited to four concerts, opening with the matttiee tomorrow afternoon at 3 o'clock, and continued at night. PATHE'S PICTURE COMPANY. To-morrow evening at His Majesty's Theatre the above company will introduce their entertainment of music, picture, song an dstory. The pictures are all from the Pathe Studio, Paris, and the programme is made up entirely of this firm's celebrated cinematographic studies. In addition to the pictures a first-class programme is being prepared. Amongst the artists to appear will be the Unique Vocal Quartet, who will introduce a new departure in illustrated quartet singing. Mr. Abel Rowe will render "The Holy City," illustrated by beautiful scenes from the "Holy Land." The overtures and accompaniments necessary for the pictures will be supplied by the Orchestral Band, under the direction of Mr. E. J., Burke. The box plan is now on view at Wildman and Arey's, and day sales at H.M. Cafe.
AMUSEMENTS., Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 84, 8 April 1909
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