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FOOTLIGHT FLASHES., Issue 10426, 22 September 1897
[By Call Boy. J The death is announced at Sydney of Mr Andrew Faiifax, who was a notable musical figure in that city for many years. For thirty-one years heserved in the accountants' office of the Education Department, retiring in 1892. He was a fine baritone singer and one of the founders of the Sydney Philharmonic Society. Miss Anna Williams, the well-known Eoglish oratorio singer, is about to retire from the concert stage and take up the role of teacher. She is to be accorded a big benefit by her professional sisters and brethren, Madame Marion Mackenzie (her aister-in-law) attributes much of her success to Miss vVilliams's help and advice. Mi 33 Lillian Tree and Mr Philip Newbury are to be associated in operatic duet 3 at the Sydney Palace next month.
Mr Harry Atkinson, the Australian tenor, is at present touriDg tho English provinces, but is to reappear in London in November. His recent American tour was so successful that he has arranged to revisit the States &t the end of the year. Waller Bemley is reported to be doing good business with his Monday "pops" at Brisbane. Good accounts come from Perth concerning Carl Hertz's show and Bracy's Opera Company. Oae of Mr Riokards's musical combinations, headed by Addie Conyers and George Lauri, were to have opened at Brisbane od the ISth inst. in ' A Bunch of Keys.' "The Firm" have sent a variety company, with Alice Leamar at the head, to Westralia. Sid Deane has formed an English Opera and BurleEque Company, who opened at Brisbane in ' Maritana.' Mr Jules Simonsen was Don Cieiar, Mr Deane Don Jose, Miss May Glendining filled the name part, and the youthful Hetty Lambert was Mr George Mitchell wielded the biton. The Rev. H. F. Scott, who for thirteen years was Anglican chaplain to the Melbourne Gaol, ia the latest contributor to the newspaper discussiou regarding the drama ' The Sign of the Cross,' and the influence of such a play on public morals. "By all means," writes the rev. gentleman, " let the pious public and their spiritual guides turn their backs on those places and representations which violate the faculty of reverence, offend the moral sense, and teach and suggest evil; but, in the name of common sense, let them differentiate between the good and the evil, the elevating and the debasing, and, it they be so disposed, go where good is possible, and criticise as mercilessly as they please the pernicious. Clergymen and others would do well to ponder the weighty words of the great actor Sir Henry Irving, in an address to the London clergy: 'Change your attitude towards the stage, and believe me the stage, will co-operate with your work and labor of love.'" Mr Scott thinks that the pulpit and stage are capable of working together for the amelioration of humanity. "Cieo" in the 'Bulletin':—-"Sassiety," which worked the Ebie Adair benefit with a £l4O profit, made up its mind to see that the pretty beneficiary got the full value of the result. Tho ladies who "ran" the ben. Tolled up in force to the last committee meeting and put up a nice young man as spokesman, who announced that they had been working for Miss Adair, not for the creditors of the speculator who ran the broken show in her name. He moved that the money be placed in the hands of trustees, with the condition that it was to be used solely to give Miss Adair a fresh start in life when she was strong enough. The motion went through with a whoop, and the money remains in the hands of the trustees. Mr John Fuller, of Myriorama fame, told us a good story the other night, and said we could print it if we liked. He was showing at Winton, and in the audience was a very ecatatio elderly lady who could not help informing her neighbors, as various, wellremembered scenes were thrown on the scene, '* I've been there." At last the beautiful city of Edinburgh was-ahown. The lecturer commenced his description with "Frince3 street, Edinburgh, the finest thoroughfare in Europe." »' Yes, I've been there, exclaimed the ecstatic party. "To the left ia Edinburgh Castle." " Yes, I've been there." " And in the foreground is a famous temperance hotel, Edinburgh Gaol." " I've been " She neaily said " there," but managed to herself in time, a3 she visibly collapsed, and thereafter she was very ciutious in her exclamations.—'News.' Amongst the in ward passengers from Sin Fianciscoby the Alaneda was Mr J. VVelty, who was in New Zealand last year with the • Trilby' Company, and Messrs E. G. Cooke and E. Rector. Tney are taking the cinematographe films of the Corbstt-Fitzsimmons fight to Sydney by this vessel for exhibition, an 1 will probably show in this colony after having (ravelled .Australia. Mr H irry Rick-irds, in the c >urse of an interview with a representative of the Sydney ' Referee,' seated that there were no phces as music halls in London now. Whit until lately came under that leading have verged into beautiful theatres, and attract audie ices among which are to be . found the e'tte <f the] country. This very satisfactory state of afLirs is mainly ascribible to the supervision of the authorities, who exercise the greatest discretion over every song which it is intended to sing at any place of amusement. For instance, Miss Marie Lloyd, one of the most popular ladies in the music-hall profession, sang a soDg without having first submitted it, whereupon the authorities announced to the management of the theatre at which the breach occurred that the artist would have to have her engagement cancelled. That fact alone speaks for itself, for it proves conclusively that the supervisors carry out their labors without fear or favor. ' Sanctus Michael Germaoiae,' the allegorical play written to order by Herr Buttner-Pfaenner to explain three pictures drawn by the German Emperor, will be a strange piece of work. The first act will show the development of Germany from the primitive ages to the time of William 1., and will wind up with a tableau called * Exegi Monumentum.' The second act will exhibit Germany's internal power, peace upheld by citizenship, agriculture, science, art, trade, and industry. The third act will glorify Germany's external power, the military force that maintains peace. The picture which this act leads up to has for its motto: " Peoples of Europe, watch over your holiest possessions."
FOOTLIGHT FLASHES., Issue 10426, 22 September 1897
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