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STAGE JOTTINGS.

'~ ~vHIS "MAJESTY'S"-THEATRE. , 1 ! ''^P.'ftJK'>? na onwaidis—Pollard- Opera Com-•;:.:,-X>any,, '_ ■ .....;. : . ; "...;.■.,....... ... . :,; v; "J- "t"-..-'.--'. PSERA.V. HOUSE,-. ; . .Pictures. ■■!-■■'', r '-k'.----i OOiAL AIiBiBBT HALL.' Nightly—Royal. Pictures. . . ■;■-', ".TIV'OLI THEATRE.' Nightly—West's/Pictures. .. ''Cinderella,": Meynell. and Guiin'a'pkn-' tbmime at the Theatre Royal, Melbourne, has already broken all records for pantomime in Australia;, and when it is withdraw the week after Easter it will have run for 17 longest run achieved by any production in Australia. A ibrilliant euccess lias been achieved i!i Sydney,by Meynell and Gunn's new I'liiglish dramatic company in Henry Arthur Jones' masterpiece, "The Hypoprites?' The "Daily Telegraph," referring to the production, cays: " "The Hypocrites' was received with tremendous en-, thusiasm. It was in every way a great •perforaiance. The stagecraft is masterly. The eexproblem, vitally concerned in the play,,is' handled, with reticence,'and the production must be recognised as a serious contribution to the drama of the day. The success of the evening »was made by: Mr/ Harcpurt Beatty and the ijew ingenue, Miss Gladys Harvey, the former as the courageous x curate, the other as the deceived girl. 'The Hypocrites' certainly may be aptly described as 'a play that ihits hard. , " The versatility Mr. Thomas Kingston has displayed during the time hie has been in Australia, with hie range of parts from Monty Breweter to Macbeth, from Romeo to Bamerrez the Road Agent—presupposes a tnoat thorough giounding in theatrical work. And that is the case. Except for a ehort season at the Shafteshury with Mr. Lancaster Wallace, Lewie Waller and Herbert' Daring, his first years on the boards were spent either on tour supporting Minnie lorry in light comedy or in melodramatic 'houees in the suburban London Pavilion, where it was no uncommon thing for him to play three parts a night, and the Marylebone affectionately known as the Blood Pot by its hgbitues. That invariable sign of a popular success in London—the 100 th performance, was reached last month by "The Flag Lieutenant," which will ho one of this year's dramatic offerings by J. C. Williiuiißon to playgoers on this eide of the world* -' Phenomenal is the ohly~ep'ithet that can be applied ;to l .*the interest excited among Melbourne, playgoers hy the reappearance of Nellie Stewart at the Princess Theatre on Saturday, April 10. How ehe has been received at each of her public appearances, how theatre audience* positively rose at her when she walked to her box, lias been already clirqnipledy rp) je anxiety to book seats for her opening night was just as remarkable. Applications poured in from all quarters. Everybody who thought they "had a pull' tried to get the management to reserve «e«ta for them before the plan opened, and nearly every "Jiret-nig/hter" on the Jlet wrote in asking that his two or three seats should he increased to four or five, or more. As a matter of fact, if half of these requests lied been granted the whole of the house would have been booked out before ever the plan wae opened, and the general piiblic would never 'have got a "look in." As it was, however, the list wa* rigidly kept within limits, and as a preventive to speculation, coupon holders were restricted to the booking of six seate apiece. During the matinee of "La Femme X" at the Porte St. Martin Theatre (says the "Express" Paris correspondent), *a man of seventy-four, named Letang, sitting in the third row of the stalls, sprang to his feet. He was very much excited by the play, and shouted to the Judge in the trial scone that the prisoner (Mdme Jane Hading) was fainting, and ought to he allowed to leave the court. "You arc torturing an unfortunate . woman/ , .he shouted, and as he said the words ihe. broke a blood ' vessel and fell dead in the theatre. Animated .pictures were used as a "witness" in a recent case in America," where a boy named McCardy sued the Coney Island and Brooklyn ■ Railway Company for damages, as- a result of falling from a car. It was claimed by tho boy's counsel .that his client was permanently disabled, and leave was asked to exhibit in court pictures showing the boy at school taking part in games and showing no signs of physical weakness. Mr J. C. Williamson is negotiating with, a, well-known American actress, Miss Annie Russell, for a tour of Australia and New Zealand with "The Stronger Sksl" and otter plays. A cable message to the Australian Press say 3 .that the new play, 'Count Hannibal,' which has been adapted from Mr Stanley Weyman's novel of that rna-ihe, has been produced with great success at Bristol by Mr Oecar Asche, the well-known actor, who has arranged to open (his Australian season with this play. (Mr Asche and his wife, Miss Lily Brayton, will arrive in Australia in May on a six months' tour. They are being brought out by Messrs Meynell and Gunn, and will open their tour in Melbourne. • Mr Asche, who is one of the leading English actors, is a native of Geelong, and was educated at the Melbourne Grammar School.) Mr Harry Rickards left for England by the Asturias' to look out for more vaudeville talent for his Australian theatres. Chung Ling '■ Loo, the" great Chinese conjurer, now appearing at the Operahouse, Melbourne, with great success, discovered and taught the late lamented tDaaite. Tfliis happened at Salt Lake City, America, where : Dante acted in the capacity of programme seller during one of Chung Ling Loo's visits. ' "And again I say unto you, all melodramas are t ! lve same .melodrama, and whosoever puttetih on a dress garment and seeketh originality in such things, Jo! ; he shall be confounded, and rage shall consume himl"—-"Bulletin." One hundred and eighty-four picture show proprietors in Philadelphia paid the city £3700 in license fees last year, in addition to which '367 operators paid '£ 1 each-'for personal licenses. America ihas;,a- rcputatiou for doing big thj.hg3. A ne>y.vaudeville house to in-.Cliicago is to cost 2,000,- - people, and smpkjjig.-'is to. be- allowed. ■"."; The > genial- Canadian, Mr W. Spencer Jones, who : managed'Mr Watkin Mills's tour through Australiai is now located in New York. He Jias entered into partnership with a gentleman named Haensel. and ttiey are dolnff well as concert directoie. ',

During Dr. BJckards's present visit to. England the marriage of his youngest daughter iMadge, to Sir Frank Harwood will be solemnised;;, ._.- ■ : . iMr /William ■ Anderson, "of • the King's Theatre' t .'Melbourhe,.has been less grateful recipient -'of. a '.Supreme Court writ.'froni Mrs Marion" Clarke,: executrix; of the will of the late.-Marcus Clarke. TJie lady;; is said toi be claiming damages, for- alleged infringement/of copyright, in connection with Billiam's recent production- of "For the Term of His Natural life."— "Bulletih." ; ; Again, beauty Iβ unmasked. Maxine , Elliott was bora in 1871, her; ready, bio-, gfaphers are repeating. Her 'maiden name was Jane Dennofc. . ' ' ;^ There ■. have been, perhaps, eight or nine ■ immoral or debasing splays , pro? duced this .season.'! "There ; have also been,", cays. Louis V. De Foe,: in the "New York' World," "four times; that number of pure,: refined and. uplifting plays which, foave teen equally well; patronized through,, extended runs." v , : '; They have faith in.ihe world and its people in lowa. , Thus writes W. B. Anderson in the "Dee Mpines .Capital": Vtt is difficult for a large part of the public to understand 'that in the theatrical world, which practically; is] a world in itself, there are as many different classes of society;: as .in what iriay be termed the. outside world;; There seeme to be" a disposition to a|ply the same class distinction to ail players, whether, they are"connebte'd with the' lower forme of aniusemerit or high-class drama, .In appraising the worth of Thespian citizenship and rectitude in living, the|e. Mini). people, ignorant of the true conditions) j base their opinions largely upon the escapades furnished by members of the baser class of theatrical society. That the stage has its 'undesirable' citizens.* the name as .any other profession, is deplored by the better element of eta'ga folk j. yet; .unlike ii» other professions,. the misguided moralists, because of the: deflections of the few, seek to stigmatise the stage as a •whole." "As life goes to-day,'l think it is a. far finer thing to make the playgoer laugh than merely to set him wondering," observed. Charles Frohman to a friend. "Plays like Mr. Barries make a playgoer laugh optimistically. Problem or decadent plays merely set a playgoer wondering at tlie value of life itself or his place on earth. . The best kind of a thoughtful play or drama, of ideas is the kind of play that makes the spectator think positively on the good, there is in life, and the worst kind of thoughtful plays, or drama of ideas, is the one that makes him think negatively, or about the wrong there is in life." It really does seem inconsiderate of a young man who blossoms out as a tenor to have been born with the name of Carasa. For just think of the appalling confusion that will arise when Mr. Caruso and Mr. Carasa are both engaged for the same season at the same opera house, and are identified with the same repertoire. Moreover, Frederico Carasa (born, San Sebastian, 1888), who is shortly to be heard at the Paris Opera, "gives promise"—according to the "New York Herald"—"of some day rivalling the great Italian tenor in avoirdupois as well as in vocal achievement." Furthermore, the young tenor —who' "already is an Apollo"—"looks like Caruso," and "has a powerful voice, melodious, and roaching up -to the higfi D/ will be a sad day for tho printers',' as "well as for Messre. Caruso and Carasa, when both these gentlemen are singing in the same town. The opera stage of to-day is peopled by cliques," says Madame Melba, "Favourites arc pushed to the fore and worthy aspirants arc neglected because they happen not to be in favour with some of the powers that be. To succeed on the opera stage these days a, girl must scheme and plan and connive in order to get into the limelight. It is really lamentable. What becomes of those who fail to plan or scheme? Some of them give up the profession broken-hearted, others are compelled to drudge along, ibecause it is the only way of earning a living. 3Jut they soon have all ambition crushed but of them, and with that gone their artistic woTth disappears. I know of a case where a really talented girl is breaking her tlicart over the fact that she is given no opportunities to prove her artistic worth —"there are' hundreds like. that. Cases of. this kind are pitable." Elizabeth Murray, the entertainer, is telling a now story in vaudeville: "A man turned back after kissing his wife good-bye in the morning and said; 'Oh, by the way, my dear, I have_some important business on to-day, and I mny not be able to get home to dinner; bm if I find I can't come I'll send you a note by a messenger boy.' 'Don't pu* yourself to that trouble, darling,' answered his wife. ' I found the note in your pocket this morning;' '* , • . Two Americanised Chinese . actors, Edgar Don Sang and Robert Kui Lymn, assisted by an Irishman named James Cassidy, have gone into vaudeville with a sketch, called "Aladdin Up-to-date." One of the most valuable assets of Happy Fanny Fields, who is making suo.li a big "hit" in "Aladdin" in the Theatre Royal, Newcastle (England), is her laugh, which is spontaneous, natural, and, above all, highly infectious, as the little lady's audiences soon discover. Questioned by a pressman recently,- Miss 'Field said: "My laugh! Well, it had rather a humorous origin. I was playing a sou■brette part in ' Our Boys' in California, and in one scene I had to throw some ashes out of a window.' One night, when I had thrown the- shovelful-out (they were real ashes)] I noticed too late that the man who was playing the detective was standing by the window directly in the line of fire. He got the sfrole thing in his face, and I heard a splutter. The humour of the thing took mc on the spot, and forgetting I was on the stage, I just dropped the shovel and shrieked with laughter. Afterwards I tried ,to keep out of the stage manager's way, but it was no use; he was looking for mc, and he found mc. To my surprise, however, instead of rating mc, he said: 'My dear girl, if you can do that laugh every time, there's a fortune in it, 'And that set nie-going." Cutts, the screaping comedian, and Smutts, the roaring humorist, chanced to hit upon the same town for their shows one night. Consequently when Smutts, with his company,' arrived in Pudford, and came upoii a hoarding on which was announced the fact that Cutts would be playing that same night in the rival theatre, lie stared in consternation. Smutts read the announcement from top to bottom, and'then turned to an~unobtrusive nirin near by. ""Have you' seen this\ show?" asked Smutts. said tiie young man. "How's" this fellow Cutts In 5 it?"=" "Simply Al," answered the .individual';' -' '"Is lie as good as Smiifts ?" ventured Smubts. "Lick him into fits," said the- young man. Smutts looked at liim very sternly, and then, in the hollow tone of a tragedian, he said, "I am Smutts!" . 'T know you are," said the young man cheerfully; "1 am Cutts!" * ■ yav, pifiABHEAD,

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STAGE JOTTINGS. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 0, 17 April 1909

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