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AMUSEMENTS, Issue 15633, 26 October 1914
MB Gv W. ."JOHNSTONE'S PUPILS. "The pupils who make their appearance before you tonight, have no immediate intention" of ousting the. great, singers of the world from tho positions which they occupy. Really they -'ire very modest people; ami if they succeed in giving you a pleasurable h;>uv they will feel that their presence on tho ])latform has been justified." With these words .Mr O. VV. Johnstone introduced his pupils to an audience that on 'Thursday evening packed every inch nf the Dresden concert chamber, and wo may say at once that the pupils justified their presence. .All were successful, if not equally successful, and the audience wore warm in approval from the outset. Mr Johnstone is well known as a singer of high ability, and evidently lie is also an accomplished teacher. This was emphatically demonstrated as the various pupils came forward. Every grade of voice, from soprani) to bass, was represented 'in the programme. The male voice choir played an important part iu the, evening's proceedings. 'They sang :inely under the. control of their tutor, lud'well deserved the praise showered upon them. Most of the lady students were affected by nervousness, but not sufficiently to really mar any performance. All showed unmistakable evidence of sound training, both in the matter of production ami interpretation, and ail arc capable of giving much pleasure, by their intelligent singing. To briefly intuition the performers : Miss Margaret Walker is a soprano with a nice voice, and sang '.veil. Alias Eva Grey with intelligence. .She sang two of Brahms" sungs. Miss Memo Miller is a- oontralto with a nice lower register. Her upper notes (ire weak yet. Mr Johnstone no doubt knows that as well as we do. Miss Toy Fancourt is a. mezzo-soprano who had temperament, and sings with expression. Mia Aileen G. Morit/.son and Miss Madeline Paterson both showed chat they can sing good songs. Mr Konald Miller is a light and true tenor. "Mr Miller sang Mendelssohn's dreamy ' Wings of Song' with good taste. The style suits him. Mr E. .Stephens lias a nico tenor voice, and should do well with serious study. Mr H. K. Clark is a pleasing baritone, who would improve with a little more fire. Mr Arthur _\lloo h;is .-lwugli lemperament. but vuusv not allow it to run away with him. Mr Bert Green has a fine bass voice, always improving. A special word of praise is due to Miss Gawne, who was at. the. piano the whole evening, for the excellent manner iu which <she played the accompaniments. PLAZA PICTURES. The headline attraction to the new series of picture* submitted at the Plaza today is furilished by a splendid film entitled 'Sons of the Sea,' which comprises interesting pictures illustrative of the British fleet. At a time when the big grey monsters, and other ships of our Navy, are on guard in the North Sea grimly awaiting" the chance to " Strike, strike" hard, and -strike again." in the famous words of Admiral Sir John Jellicoc, nothing could be of more interest. and the big holiday audience which filled the theatre this afternoon more than once signalled their enthusiasm in unmistakable fashion. The armored cruisers Duke of Edinburgh, Black Prince. King Alfred, Leviathan, and the battleship Neptune, anions: other, make an impressive s-is-'ht calculated to deepen the opinion that the enemies of Britain have to meet a formidable opponent on water. The film also includes pictures of the torpedo boat destroyer fleet, and the deadly submarine.. The big-gun practice is not the leiii?t interesting feature of the film. Photos of Mr Winston Churchill, Admiral Sir John Jellicoe. Lord Charles Beresford, "and Lord Nelson serve but to heighten one's enthusiasm. The supfxu'ting films include ri \Vesteru drama, ' Texas Bill's Ride.' a :vnical "out West" storv of adventure. The Man Who Paid' (A".P.. drama), tho latest ' Eclair Journal." and other capital films. HIS MAJESTrS THKATRE. "1 he magicv.'il trio Le Roy. Talma, and Bosco provide, 1 two hours of excellent entertainment for another huge attendance .it His Majesty's Theatre on Saturday night. The conjuring and magic, of th*.! three principals were performed with such neatness and so quickly that the members of the audience fairly gasped with astonishment and mystification. The ease with which thev produced rabbits, money, eggs. .■ilk handkerchiefs, and all manner of 6,-iange things from members of the audience showed that they were maulers of their art. An element of comedy was inttoouced into the amusement by Rosco, who was particularly funny in a .-ketch entitled 'Amelia.' 'The -Hindu Hope 'Trick." the suspension of a lady iu midair, and the numerous other items were all given w.'thont a hitch. The other members of the company all acquitted themselves wed. Le Uuy. Tnlma. and Rosco will appeal for the "last time to-night. Qt-FEN'S THEATRE. To-day a lot; picture is Using screened at the Queen's; b'g tlia* is, in every sense. It is a o.COOEt "film --if naval drama entitled "Orders Cider Seal,' ami it tells a thrilling story of love and intrigue, the whole purporting to prov • tin- wisd-un of the "Kitchener" method of seeucy in regard to movements iu war time. Soma of tho scene* arc most thrilling, and the whole thing is a masterpiece- of construction. While being shown iu Wellington litis picture proved such an attraction that thousands* of peopio were unable to obtain admission to tho theatro to view it. all parts being crowded day alter day. It is almost certain, therefore, that the arcom-. inodation at lh<.* Queen's dining the i mi of" 'Orders Under Seal' will be taxed to the iitmnet. Nevertheless, the management have decided to adhere to the usual popuiar prices.
AMUSEMENTS, Issue 15633, 26 October 1914
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