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FOOTLIGHT FLASHES, Issue 15638, 31 October 1914
[By Loitekeb.] Stephenson, writing from Sydney, evinces groat managerial pride in the J'-a-ato. ‘ Humpty Dumpiy,’ vvliich he and A!f. Linley will introduce to New Zealand nest month. Amongst the artists specially engaged a.ro Ernest Lash brook (who was imported for the revue ‘Oome Over Hero’), Ida ingersole (a clever comedienne), Cham Hownrth (the baritone of Williamson’s ‘Mother Goose’), “The Three Hoboes," and Lennon, Hyman, and Lennon. One of the features of the show will be the patriotic march and tableau introducing the uniforms of England and her allies, and entitled ‘New Zealand Will Be There.’ The total .strength of the company is 73. The Dominion lour opens at Wellington's New Grand Opera House on November J4 % Frod RiveohnlL the clever vaudeville comedian so well known here from his association with Fullers' shows, has gone to the front with the Dublin Fusiliers. Came .Moore is again working under the Fuller-Brennan banner at Auckland. Fred Duval, now in charge of Tom Polyard’s West Coast theatre, celebrated his 66th birthday last week. Mr W. Q. Crome, manager for Fuller Brennan in Dunedin, left for ChrHchurch to-day to reopen the firm’s vaudeville house in that city. Dunedin should reopen short !y. ‘The Yellow Ticket.' a drama in which Muriel Starr is now appearing in Australia. exposes one of hideous cancers that st.il! hn'k in supposedly civilised communities. No Jewish girl living in the pale of settle mcivt in Russia can leave it on any pretext without procuring a yellow ticket. This ticket is really a badge of infamy issued to immoral women whom, the Government cognise. Mary a Varenka. the, heroine of the play, innocently applies for the yellow ticket in order to visit her dying father in another part of Russia.. The poignant situations naturally arising when an innocent girl realises the true (significance of her act are said to constitute very strong dramatic fare. Murid htarr is. ■ f enursf'. Marva. ■ Mr George M improve ha.a received a, d' tkr from Mr Haroourt Re,Tty, who is in London, in which he says: "Business here ■all !■') pot on account of the urn-, ‘Mr Wu • still hangs along, but we a.rc playing to one-third sabries. as arc all the other iiwuiMvt. I go to 0-ojt.r .Ache for the ro-w prodonion at the Glob*. The only white man in the piny is my pert, all the rest heing Zulus. Mv salary on rearer T a g'xx! one. bm. of course, now, heaven only knows what it will he reduced to. However, I am v»ry lucky to hr- with a management which carries on and cW* mi j throw its employees out of work, Dining it he fir-’! tvr- i; of the financial panic ] : cflVuv-d to rlay for nothing so that Ike jh. ‘-honld rot. he chisel To mro v I u"pev-. singe hands, attendants, drnßser», ::d o!h(--f» nns m ploy mom. would Mean I ~0 1, Would yen bob: ve it ? f was I r■ sti;unpopular wi'b some of my 1 1 v-Mf e■ • actors for iV’ggc-stimr this. J am f.lcgid j ihe nuriern act-..- dors not appeal te urn ii s' Bohemia m'-m i-'fi. A ritv. i »’ H:. ; Vn.i wil! 1 o glad to know that I -am now ; :-| er;ir,J cm-wt able, Nr>. 15T (‘ Divifi >n. : a! d : g, un dutx- from 2 a.m. iil ! 6 a.rn. • li-ivit a ro+o-n boat, guarding the poweri ')iou:«; in West wl ivci, no- f;,i- from th« ; S’!nfto>l«;:-v '! hcatvr. ; It is staled that George Darrell, the I 'rcll.known actcr-nlavwi i::h. has a. 1 ; stoi-y. 'The- Whirlwind of Fate,’ .miming j in * The Wer’d'-: Now?.’ : R-avdrr, of ran Trie mniiiH'o;. 1. y the ceynl lire,! -! f r ■■■■! in ain isi : - Sydney, £2.150; Melbourne. £1.360; Hi kb' l ro. ■ £BOO ; Ad--! aide. P9AO : red W. Mingion (N. 7.), /T’O. A. L. Raker's Garnim-l ah-o laialinoi'i ?ou.v thi ag in .m ■ 1 eg;, ni i f £2.0',0.
Another Australian i-mper ip p:>oj to V*. rising into fame, in the person 'O’ Mire Am Fitzgerald, who randc Vr debut «-.p the lyric Mage of Italy on July IS at ihcTeatro I’cHteama, Vnl terra. n-'ci; v)ro-r.>-t\ i’ij-' tact jhat she wa- in"orubiy r.-vTid on all rides '-'ill ink'ico many peepje, ohwvo.s the • Sydney Mm ning I'cruib’ ns it n-pioiento. the result -<f nnnsid'jrable |X>ri<Kl of study tnxlcr M. It/nhy, tin; Prwrh baritoiie it: Panic, and then in Mil-lit niiiVr »b- Italian Ivni'-me (P.-Rs pr,e Bcrghi —both celebrated singers in their dav.
Tho Aimn alian * Thc-atim ‘ further news of Mr W. 11. Hunter, the Dunedin actor who, .under the name of Padgtlt Hunter, is row nUiyinc in the States. He wiitesWithin thr<v- \vcokr. of my arrival 1 secured a- v.-:y desirable emrti.geraen.t with a con:nanv thm, playing at tho Comedy Theatre. ‘J ho play, hi.r, Mackay.’ ha.s had oik- of the h.-ngest rime of the New York seasom Air .lordan (.1. C. Williamson's New A'or!; a cent < cave me a letter to the stage manager. He referred me to the manager, and in less time than it takes to tdl f was enga-yed for tear of America.' It was fired up so quickly 1 hardly realised ray buck. 1 was luipoed the part and told to learn it a* quickly as possible, as I had only throe date bobmo the company went on tome I had » rough idea of tho" part when wo left tr-wm Ail inc cotnpanv were Ft rangers' V> With only four rehearsals I had to face the music. I went on tooling absoiut. iy r'O*; seesed of the God of Funk. I am pleased to say I pot through I found one of the stage* hands had voluntarily taken up ray part, which ! left n; the wing;;. «-•■; as tc !>■,- ready to pimmpt me! Australians I met in ‘Kew Vork'aay that my luck is phenomenal.” There was .some delay in the rising of tl;-e ouxt-ain on t'ne act. o*t ‘ Wii’bin the Law’ at Melbourne Theatre Royal one night recently. The reason was. that eomethinj; wont- srraaa with, the handcuff
on Miss Muriel Starr, and all effort® to o]-?ri it proved unsuccessful. UJiimaiflly St had to be jfiW off. The ‘ Theatre Magazine' characterise® Nellie Stewart’s new vehicle D® Barry ’ as *' pretentious piffle.” writer adds; “Someone once declared that Beiasco, the wrtier of ‘Du Barry.' picked other mens braint’. ‘Du Barry’ is a very complete refutation of such a* charge. There are no brains a& all in it.”'
Mr Matheeoa Lang, acting on his doctor's advice, had bwa taking a holiday after playing ‘Mr Wn’ for nearly 300 performances at tho London Strand. B#» cognising, however, the great karielr.p ft would inflict on the stall' if tho theatre dosed, lie wired to Mr Louis M»ycr offering to return at a purely nominal salary, and, according to tho ‘ lira,’ is reappearing in his famous creation.
The lot of the Australian manager, if h* possesses the cash, is now cast in SMM or less pleasant placer. He has not (except in small degree) to pick but only to transplant them. ‘ Wit hi® the Law ’ is still being played by thro® companies in America, ‘The Yellow Ticket ’ by two, while of plavs yet to be submitted to Australian audiences by 3. C. Williamson, Ltd.. ‘ Seven Keys To Baldpate’ is being exploited by three American companies, 4 Potash and Perl* mutter ’ by seven, and ‘ Peg o’ My Heart 8 by eight. The recollections of America’s idol, Maude Adams, and hor mother, as published in the ‘ Green Book Magazine,’ arc full of good anecdotes Here is one, told against the great producer David Beiasco I —“ While we were rehearsing, Mr Bolasco had trouble with a young amateur, who had just a line or so to speak. Bui he couldn’t apeak that line or «s> to suit Mr Beiasco. ’.Mr Beiasco tried and tried, but the boy couldn’t read the words to suit him. Finally the boy lost his temper. ‘Mr Beiasco,’ he said, ‘if I could read that part as you do, I wouldn’t be suping.’” It was naturally the last word. W. H. Rawlins, the, London comedian playing in ‘ The Girl in the Taxi ’ at Melbourne Her Majesty’s, has had a remarkable stage career. For over 20 yearx he has been prominent in both pantomime and musical comedy, the latter under the management of George Edwardes, some of the pieces in which hs has appeared of recent years being ‘ Lcs Cloches de Corneville,’ ‘ Falka,’ ‘ Fcpita,’ ‘ Nanon,’ * Erninie,’ 'La Cigaie,’ “Madame Favari‘ The Shop Girl,’ ‘ Hi® Gaiety Girl,’ ‘The Circus Girl,’ ‘The Geisha,’ ‘ San Toy,’ ‘ The Greek Slave.’ ‘The Messenger Bey,’ ‘ The Merry Widow,’ ‘The Dollar Princess,’ ‘ The Girl in tie Train,’ * The Sunshine Girl, ‘The Girl in the Film,’ and ‘The Girl in the Taxi.' He has played in 13 pantomimes. In hie early days he played tho villain in drama, and frequently was in ths cast with Barry Sullivan. The vaudeville comedians Vaudo and Verne have, been making a big hit in Sydney with war patter. A sample : Verne : The Kaiser must bs a good runner. Van do : Yes. Verne: Has he a pedigree! Vaude : Yes : he's out of Europe, by First Opporuuiiy. Hie newsboys are getting so religious lately. They here nothing but “ War Cries.” In Zaglantl they’re worrying very much over this war. it has turned h'ir Edward--CJrev; and it has made Winston Cliuioiiill. A new costume concert company, th« ‘‘Court Cards.” are leaving London thia month for a tour of A uetralaria, which commences in the Now Opera-house, Wellington, on December It. The company, which in scenery, costuming, and style of items submitted’, strike out on decidedly ori'diial lines, have just completed a succes.sful two years’ tour of the Far East, whither they letum after the Australasian season. Among tho members of tha ■‘Cards'’ theatregoers will be pleased t® welcome back Mis? Maude Fane and,, Messrs Edgar Warwick and .Sydney Mannering. who were in New Zealand with the “ Scarlet Troubadours.” The company have booked the Theatre Royal, Christchurch, for the first fortnight in February.
Mr Graham Moffat, who makes his first appearance iu Dunedin at His Majesty r Theatre on the Dili pro*. with a companj of ScoUidin players, in his world-famous Scotch comedy '* Bunty Pulls the Strings,’ i« outwardly and physically as different fiom Mi’ Harry Lauder as Harry Lauder is from Julius Knight. All three are Scotch, "Not,” says the Sydney ‘Sunday Times,’ “that Mr Moffat has the appearance of a romantic actor. His countenance is too marked with humorous lines for that. His eyes, too, are shrewd, appraising orbs of tho man who observes life closely. He has more the appearance of tho writing man than the actor. There is no posing, but straifjbtforward talk, given in an unaffected manner. ‘My father,’ he says, ‘was an entertainer before me. J followed in his footsteps, giving recitals inon works of Scottish writers. Since car!v childhood 1 have steeped myself in Scottish literature. To my father’s repertoire 1 added from the never writers at they came along—Barrie. Lan ?.Lari;irer and the real. ! used to give these recital: with niv sister iu the Scottish towns, and now and a gain 1 played pieces of my own writing—-wit hj am-tour casts largely. When tii ■ idea- for " ISunty ” occurrei l to me I wes in Glasgow. 1 got a note Took, went into the Miff ■hell Library, and roughed
mil the first act. I showed it to my wife when I got homo, and she smiled. “Graham." dm raid, "don't you think it would he },e|i. i- ti> try and get staged some of the play-- \ou have writ ten already before at* tempting any more?” Then 1 explained r’v nh-n 4.f the development of the chariii rnv i cw effort., and she became infer:■Ood. From that moment Mrs Moffat, lie’ncd me tremendously. “Bunty” i« rrallv my < 'inception of what my mother, -as it seemed, would have been at r gi:l. I embodied a number of ScotcS wreperienMS.' “
FOOTLIGHT FLASHES, Issue 15638, 31 October 1914
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