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AMUSEMENTS.

!"RIP VAX WIXKLE."' A holiday audience filled every part of His Majesty's Theatre last night, when the second production. of Planquette's dainty and tuneful opera, " Rip Van Winkle " was presented by the Pollard Juvenile Opera Companj-. The young people all acquitted themselves as artists and from the rise of the curtain were in thorough accord with the house, which applauded them right heartily throughout. The excellent work and singing of Mr. Charles Albert as Rip again stood out from among an all-round good interpretation, the piece going with a swing and rhythm that eclipsed time and sent everyone home in good humour. " Rip van Winkle" will be repeated to-night. THE OPERA HOUSE. "There was a large attendance at the Opera House last night, when the programme of moving pictures presented by the Fuller proprietary met with warm approval. The programme will be repeated to-night.

I ROYAL ALBERT HALL. I There was a crowded house at the I Royal Albert Hall last night, when a I fine selection of moving pictures was I shown, and Mr. Travis continued his I self-imposed task of 53 hours' continuous ! piano-playing. Mr. Travis commenced work at the matinee performance yesI lerday, and the hall will be open night and day, and at the conclusion of the I evening's entertainment a dance will be f held. TIVOLI THEATRE. There was a holiday audience at the Tivoli Theatre last night, when an excellent programme was presented. Tlie> entertainment will be given again this evening, a completp change being announced for to-morrow night, when the following pictures will be shown: — "Scenes in Japan," ""Winter in Switzerland," "Rapids on the River Ozu," and other scenes or interest. Master Carter will sing "Daddy." THE WELSH SINGERS. The popularity of the Royal Welsh Male Choir was plainly seen last evening when the Federal Hall was packed to its utmost capacity by a most enthusiastic audience. Naturally under such favourable circumstances the Welshmen excelled themselves, throwing wonderful fire into their national anthem, " March of the Men of Harlech." An excitable individual in the audience shouted out something in Y\ rUh, and was promptly answered by the conductor, who later on announced i na: m response to the request they would sing a Welsh hymn. He gave the namf, which seemed a marvel of pronuncialion. This hymn was sung with great farvour. as wasalso "Nearer, My God to j lhee," which was given in response to an encore. Another very effective item was the part song " Cwsg," which, being interpreted, means sleep, and was listened to with great interest. In lighter vein was the musical jest, ' ; Italian Salad," which wa 5 splendidly given, and greatly amused the hearers. " The Storm " was repeated -y request, and as usual nearly every | item was encored. '■ The Long LayCloses" was sung with great expression, and the "Hallelujah Chorus" was a fit-I ting finale to a splendid concert. The 1 great charm of the Welsh singers is that they do their work with such evident j pleasure. The soloists last evening were ! Messrs. Todd Jones, Robert Jones, A. Edwards, who were repeatedly encored.' As there was such a large audience last evening, and many were unable to gain admission it has been decided to give another L concert in the Choral Hall. This evenI ing the singers appear at Hamilton.

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AMUSEMENTS. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 87, 13 April 1909

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