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FOOTLIGHT FLASHES, Issue 15629, 21 October 1914
[By Loitksbii.] The ‘Australasian’ published the news recently that Miss Katie May, a dainty little lady who, without playing principal parts, attracted attention in the Melbourne revivals of Gilbert and Sullivan operas, had been chosen to play the name part in the ‘Cinderella’ pantomime, but it is now announced that Dorothy Brunton has been chosen by the firm for the role. , Miss Brunton ‘was here in February r,f tins year with ‘The Girl in the Tram’ Com ; pany. The imported .“principal boy (Miss Minnie Love) is already in Melbourne. ' , . As Mrs Laurence Irving, who went down with her husband in the Empress of Ireland, wreck, died without child or father, letters of administration in her estate have been granted to her mother, Mrs Susan Lucy Hackney, of Nottingham, the only next-of-kin, who has valued the propel ty at £5,760. Mr Laurence Irving left property valued for probate at £9OO. It'is reported that Mr W. F. Grant and Miss May Cougdon, who were brought out to Australia to play Mr Wtt and Mrs Gregory respectively in the gruesome AngloChinese drama "Mr Wu,’ will return to England. This accounts for the fact I published lately that Mr Arthur Styan and Miss Beatrice Day were playing “ leads ” in the piece. Here me a few of the American sueoosses scoured by J. C. Williainson, Ltd., fur production in Australasia Stop Thief’ The Yellow Ticket,’ ‘ Help Wanted.’ 'Under Cover,’ ‘Bought air! Paid For.’ 'A Pair of Sixes.’ 'Peg o’ Mv Heart.’ ' Seven Keys to Baklpato,’ ' Potash and Perhnnttcr.’ These are comedies and dramas, in addition to which are a number of musical plays not yet announced. After a most hazardous trip from St. Petersburg. Russia, across Germany, ami into the very heart of the war zone, says an account received by tbe ‘ Musical Courier ’ (New \ oik). Anna Pavlowa, the Russian ballerina, has arrived in England, and now is at her summer home, Ivy House, just outside of London. Pavlowa and her entire ballet and symphony orchestra of dose on 100 will positively go to America for the tour opening at the Metropolitan Opera-house. New \oik. on November 5. Pavlowa'.- tours of Germany and Austria and the English provinces have been cancelled. MTntyre Wickstccd. a member of the old Brough and Roucicault Company, is reported dead at London, aged 56 years. In the profession ho was known as MTntvre. but he was of a well-known Adelaide familv—tha Wickstecds. He was a very good "stage, manager, and of late years was with Gluts. Frohnian in London. Thus the •Australasian’ on Delores’s Melbourne season Mile Antonia Dolores can I© credited with many things. But perhaps that which she will come to look on with the greatest pride will be the fact that, with the whole country absorbed in the war. she has. nevertheless, managed to carry through her sea.-on of s©ng recitals with unquestioned success. Indeed, she has met with such support from musiclovers that it is almost certain further recitals will be given shortly. Perhaps the reason is that Mile Dolores’s art is of_ the soothing order, and. therefore, specially welcome at (he present time; or maybe it is that the gifted singer has won such an assured place in the estimation of en-thnsia-ts that even war cannot prevent them from partaking of the good things she can offer."
Jerome Patrick (once .Alex. Patrick, of this City) has New York contracts that will keep him in active work until 1918. The deatlt of Nordica has brought forth a burst of sorrowing praise from the American Press. One writer points out that Lillian Xordica's last songs lightened the lot of patients in the hospital on far-away Thursday island, and they were sung particularly to a little American hoy, George ALDonald. He had been left behind through illness whilst on a world's tour with the Columbian Park Roys’ Chili of Han Francisco. Mine Nordica- improved in health for a time, and U'-ed to visit the hoy. and sing softly to him and lit© other patients, until her little friend breathed hi.-, lust. The diva thou caused to be erected over his temporary grave on Thursday Island, before, her departure for Batavia, where she died, a. small white marble monument. "In memory of mv Little American Friend George M'Donald, who died February 13th, 1914-'.’ Far away from home. From his country-woman, Lillian Nordica.” Xordica's c-tuto. is estimated at about £200,003. George AV. Young, the late singer's husband, receives nothing under the will, but it refers to him in this way; “In the distribution of my property I um not forgetful of my husband, George W. Young, to whom I have advanced over 400.000dul in cash, which T estimate as the full or more than Dio full share, to which ho might he entitled in my estate.”
A Wellington girl now in London writes enthusiastically (says a Northern weekly! of her visit to Covent Garden, whore she saw ‘Madame Butterfly,' with Madame Destinu and Mr John M Cormaek in the leading roles. Dostum's singing she thought " just heavenly." In order to make sure of a seat the fair New Zealander had to invest in a camp stool and take up a position in the queue which was formed outside the theatre. However, she did not find the time ton wearisome, for -he made- the minutes fly l y writing a lone; letter home while she waited.
FOOTLIGHT FLASHES, Issue 15629, 21 October 1914
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