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AMUSEMENTS.

HIS MAJESTY'S THEATRE, ■ ■ ' 11 ■ The " Isle of Bong Bong" was responsible for another very large audience at His Majesty's Theatre last night, and the bright and sparkling bill of fare presented was evidently most thoroughly enjoyed. A feature.of Mr. Pollard's productions is the completeness of his stage "business," and this excellent company does its business to perfection. The vocal work and dancing we have already referred to in complimentary terms, but there is behind all this a unique study of detail that lends to the whole a charming degree of naturalness, as compared with the stiffness too often noticeable in professional as well as amateur productions. Mr. Polard keeps his whole company fully employed while on the stage, and the result is the presentation, one after another, in rapid succession, of scenes full of life and movement, go well managed that they cannot fail to delight the spectator. Encores were frequent during lasi evening's performance, and they will no doubt continue go on the run of the piece OPERA HOUSE. There was a good audience at the Opera House last night to witness the second production of the new Wide World Picture programme. Some excellent cinephone selections were included in the entertainment, -which will be staged again to-night. KOYAL ALBERT HALL. This week's programme at the Royal Albert Hall ds evidently in accord with the popular taste, and -was witnessed by a good audience last night. Some very fine pictures were shown. The entertainment will be produced again thu evening- ~ THE TTVOIiI, The Tivoli Theatre is evidently appreciated by the residents of Grey Lynn and the surrounding districts, for last night, when a new set of pictures was presented, many of the audience had to be content with standing room. The programme was a well chosen one, the pictures comprising some really excellent films, while the musical items also were very acceptable. Scenes in foreign lands, dramatic and "magic" pictures, as well as the ever popular comic films, met with the warm approval of the audience. Two chronophone selections, "The Fireman's Song" and "The Whistling Bowery Boy," were very well received. Master Hubert Carter possesses a clear and tuneful voice, which was heard to advantage in 'his song "The Moonbeams." The young singer had to respond to a recall. The entertainment •will be repeated again this evening and throughout the week. MADAME CASIER'S BENEFIT CONCERT. A benefit concert, under the patronage of the Rt. Rev. Dr. 'Lenihan, Roman Catholic Bishop of Auckland, was tendered to Madame Casier at the Choral Hall last night by leading local artists. There was a large and appreciative audience. The programme was varied and, on the whole, a good one. Madame Casier contributed four items, and undcubtedly the gem item of the evening was the singing of Gounod'e "Aye Maria," with violin, harp and organ accompaniment, which elicited such loud and sustained applause that she had to respond twice with' Gounod's "Serenade." Her other items were Robert Batten's "April Morn," Mascheroni's "For All Eternity," and Ernest Ball'e "All the World Loves a Lover." Miss Alda Ralph contributed the opening number in a pianoforte solo by Mr. Maughan Barnett, entiled "Valse Caprice," end she revealed a firm touch and artistic temperament. The Harmonic Quartet contributed two items arranged by Mr. Harry Hiecocks —"The Low Back'd Car" and a humorous item entitled "The Moonlight Serenade." Miss Winnie Carter played a harp solo by Brillant, entitled "Andalusia," very acceptably. Mr. Colin Mustin, a true artist, played a violin solo by Alard, "Arago'nesa," and for an encore gave ■an exhibition of double string playing, which elicited loud applause. Mr. Owen Pritehard possesses a fine deep bass voice, well under control, and hie rendering of "The Yeoman's Wedding" was received wtih great applause. The concert was in every respect very successful. ©AND FESTIVAL. The Salvation Army Hall in Ponsonbyroad was well patronised last night, when a concert was given by the Auckland, Onehunga, and Newton bands. The programme was an attractive one, and the various items were warmly appreciated. The entertainment included the folio-wing eelections: Selection, "Echoes of the Congress," Auckland Band; recitation, "Christmas Day in the Workhouse," W. Maine; selection, "Strike the Cymbal," Onehunga Band; tenor solo, J. Macdonald; company song, Newton Male Choir; selection, "Song of Heaven," Newton Band; march, "Eufonia/ , massed bands; duet, Bandmaster Gower and J. Macdonald; selection, "Songs of Comfort," Auckland Band; company song, Newton Male Choir; duet, two boys of the Blind Institute; selection, "Will You Meet Mc at the Fountain?" Newton Band; company song, "Lead Mc Gently Home," Onehunga choir; selection, "Songs Freedom," Auckland Band.

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AMUSEMENTS. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 93, 20 April 1909

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