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L |“i? r i 8e Party - reo P ened the Princess’s a f^tni^ S Thf a , y TP mg %- a sh <>rt season of „ I “i‘ g ?r- , The u P 3 tairs portion of the house a a^rnwL/i hin 5 Jieop downstairs there was a crowded audience. The company are of the variety description, and their performances cover Srm P “d Um nnl oi items,.which am all deverly pertormed, and are enjoyable, amusing and bers reS of Dg thl h^ e r « ali;eighteen gmem- •_ party, and the combination ,°P® °v f considerable artistic strength, and. ivbwf «, y , S ?turday night’s performance, it is t V . l i en * that they have in their repertoire a very i d ® subjects in which proficiency has H the respective members. So “ the entertainment that all classes and <wf ptlo s«i 0 i Pleasure-seekers can have their S?tea gratified at these two-hour performances. snnT o W i OS " ? eßir / 1 618 to hear a gold song well g“« ■» catered for by the singing of Miss Stanbrldge, Miss Elliott, and Mr Wallace King, whilst Miss Habgood la an admirable pianist; lovers of the terpsichorean :art + a J!^ plv . provl . d ! dfor .ju the artistic dancing of the Thornton sisters. Miss Jessie Williams, and Miss Ida Rosslyn; those whose tastes lie in the «> on of admiration of clever jugglery find m Altro, the equilibrist, a very clever exponent of the art; and in Messrs Watkins and Sbetwin are to be found two very capable musicians, to whom no seems to come amiss as a musical instrument. In addition to these specialties all the usual funnyisms and absurdities which go to complete a well equipped variety company are provided in abundance, and the combination is undoubtedly one of the strongest that has ever visited Dunedin The first part of the programme was devoted to minatrelsy, Miss L. Linton being the conversationalist, andthe end men Messrs T. Hudson and A. U Kisson (tambos) and J. Kearns and F. Harley (bones). The introductory overture, which Was arranged by Miss Habgood, included a double vocal quartet, wbi:h was sung in such a manner as to any doubts that might have existed ln mind 3 , of the audience as to the capabilities of the singers. The quartet was loudly encored and from this right on to the end the performance went with the greatest of smoothness, and almost every item was encored. The good impression formed by the quartet was strengthened by the admirable solo singing which followed. Miss Lilian Stanbridge, who sang By the fountain,’ revealed a soprano voice of beautiful quality, which she has under complete control, and she quite captivated the audience. Miss Violet Elliott is a contralto, and her singing of ‘The mighty deep’ was very T>. and 'Y as ver y properly encored. Mr Wallace King, who a number of years ago was here as a member of the Hicks-Sawyer Minstrel Oorapany, has evidently not been forgotten, for his appearance on the stage on Saturday night was the signal for an outburst of most enthusiastic applause, to which he had several times to bow his acknowledgments ere he could commence his number.. He chose for his solo ‘ Sally Horner,’ in which his sweet and full tenor voice was heard to great advantage. There is no make-believe about Mr King s voice ; it is undoubtedly a fine one, and he has_ it under complete command. ‘Sally Horner had to be repeated in response to an unanimous recall. The Thornton sisters sang and danced in a very captivating manner, and Miss Ida Rosslyn also danced very cleverly, and proved herself to bq. a very capable performer. Mr J. Kearns gave an acrobatic song and dance, in the course of which he put in some very clever somergult work which was greatly appreciated. Mr T Hudson made a hit in his humorette and jubilee refrain Tit-bits.’ The various end men all proved themselves equal to the occasion, and they got off some good jokes, most of which were locally colored, the first part concluded with a very amusing burlesque scene, in which Misses Linton and Williams introduced an effective Japanese and fan dance, and Mr Hudson caused roars of laughter by his droll performing, which included what he described as a shirt dance.” The second part was opened by -a pianoforte solo by Mr H. Burton. Altro s feats of balancing were excellent, the performer being evidently capable of doing anything he liked with such articles as a hat, bottle, plate etc. His ball juggling was capital, but when it “me to keeping a silk hat, handbag, and walking stick all going in the air at one time the audience simply applauded to the echo. Altro concluded his performance by juggling with a revolver and a number of balls, and contrived to discharge five chambers of the weapon in the course of the feat, aliss May Habgood, the company’s very efficient accompanist, who plays entirely from memory, p layed as a solo a paraphrase on Scotch airs entitled Abergeldie.’ This was marked by admtrable execution and good technique. Gottschalks Pasquinade’ was given in response to an encore, and was likewise tastefully played A specialty entitled ‘Troubles in a Musical Academy, by Me srs Watkins and Shirwin, was amusing as well as clever, tunes being extracted from, among other unlikely instruments, funnels cow-bens, sleigh-bells, and (by friction) from billiard cues. Miss Jessie Williams’s terpsichorean specialty furnished an exhibition of very skilful dancing. Mr Hudson’s rhapsodising and paredising contributed several minutes of puie, genuine fun, and evoked roars of laughter. Miss Rosslyn Miss Ltanbndge, and Mr King also appeared in this part, and the programme, which was not unduly prolonged, concluded with a very laughable sketch entitied ‘The Lunatic Asylum/ in which Mr Hudson bore the brunt of the work. The performance throughout was of splendid quality, the company being evenly balanced in all departments, and throughout the season crowded houses should be assured. The same bill be submitted this evening.

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HUDSON’S SURPRISE PARTY., Evening Star, Issue 10477, 22 November 1897

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HUDSON’S SURPRISE PARTY. Evening Star, Issue 10477, 22 November 1897