[By Loiterer.] j'li;.* brief ivvivnl of vaudeville at the Princess Tnealro concludes. to-night, and on Monday Mr VY. E. (homo will take the lull company to laverc.trgill for a brief season in the southern town. The attraction in Dunedin at Christmas will he the Willoughby Dramatic Company, who commence their New Zealand lour hero on Boxing Night in ‘The Ever Open Door.’ '.rile colonial tour of the. original ‘Rosary ’ Company ended at Brisbane recently, and all the members of the troupe have sailed for America save Air Harrington Reynolds, who remains under engagement to the Country Amusements, Ltd., to tour the "simd!.-" of New South Wales and Victoria, tihiyinc ‘The- Rosary’ with an Australian company. The J. C, Williamson Gilbert amd Sullivan Company will play the Dominion at the conclusion of the Sydney season, producing ‘ lolanthc,' 'The Yeomen of tho Guaid,’ ‘Pinafore,’ ‘The Gondoliers,’ ‘The Mikado,’ ‘Trial by Jury,’ and ‘ Tho Pirates of Penzance.’ Amongst the artists to be presented in New Zealand is a young Queensland girl, Gladys Moncrief, who was first discovered by Melba, upon whom her singing made a groat impression. Miss Elsie Nicholas, who was one of the most prominent amateurs in Gisbonne, and who joined Stephenson and Linlcy's ‘Bopeep ’ Pantomime Company as principal girl last year, has now joined that firm’s ‘ Humpty-Dumpty ’ Company, and made her first appearance in Wellington at tho Grand Opera House as principal girl in tho extravaganza ‘ Tire J.uu of Cathay.’ Miss Nicholas is the possessor of a well-trained soprano voice. George Cross is now appearing in a new Willoughby melodrama ‘ The Ever Open Door,’ at the Sydney Adclphi. 'lire engagement, of Do Ay Castles as principal girl of Williamson’s ‘Cinderella’ panto, is a very popular one. Miss Castles' metier has hitherto been comic opera largely, but she was principal boy a year I nr two ago fit Drury Lano in ‘Jack and tho Beanstalk.’ Barry Lupino was principal comedian in the same production. Eric Maxon made his last appearance in Australia iu ‘Within tho Law’ at Melbourne Theatre Royal on November 14. and has left for America A friend wrote recently to Muriel Starr (the Australian exponent of Mary Turner iu ‘ Within tho Law 'j enclosing a newspaper dipping concerning an acticss of the same name now playing in America. Miss Starr disclaimed any connection with this or any' other “Starr” upon the boards. Fiances Starr, one of tho great theatrical lights of Broadway, is the onlv other actress "Loiterer” has beui.i of hearing the! name. Mr ITarcourt. Beatty Is playing Allan j Quartet main in the stage adaption of Rider I Haggard’s story ‘ Child of tho Storm,’ now j being produced at the Globe, London. The. cast includes other players well known to AmiLralaaiano—Oscar Asdic, Caleb Porter, Lily Brayton, and Bessie Major. Northern papers have little- but praise I for the fit iphenson-Linley panto., which will bo iiero in duo course. Says one writen “To put it mildly, Messrs Sto-j phenson and jLiuley' spiang a pleasant surprise on Wellington theatregoers with | their ‘ Humpty Damply ’ pantomime. It is a really bright show, well staged, and containing all tlicso sparkling, mirth-pro-voking pantomime qualities that entertain. I’lie opening production last Saturday evening drew a bumper house, and i business since has been big. it is some time since the Grand Opera-house held such large-sized audiences." Miss Kura Kennel!, of Christchurch, a contralto singer, who is studying under Madame Amy Sherwin for grand opera, has been assisting at concerts in England in aid of recruiting. Madame Sherwin, in introducing Miss itennell to tho audience at a concert in Bromley, Kent, said : “If our gallant New Zealand troops fight as well aa Miss Renndl sings, England will bare to lock to her laurels on the battlefield.” Miss Mario Ten)pc.A lias sailed from Liverpool to undertake an American and Canadian tour. There is a possibility that she will push her adventures still farther afield, and make a circuit of the globe before she is again seen in London. Her pieces include Henry Arthur Jones's comedy ‘ Mary Goes First,’ and ‘ The Mar- ! riage of Kitty.’ | Mrs Edward Terry, widow- of the famous [ comedian, died on. September 6. In 18(11 j she was, married to the late Sir Augustus | Harris, who died in 1896. Lady Harris was the constant companion of ‘ Druriolanus’ on hi a many journeys abroad, and was intimately acquainted with the inner workings of both Covent Garden and of the National Theatre. She bore him one daughter, who, under Hie name of Florence Glcssop-Haxris, has achieved a notable position as an actress. Lady Harris married Mr Edward Terry in 1904. I A fortnight ago Vera Dampior (aged 29 years) was granted a decree nisi in her petition for divorce from A. J. Dampior (Fred), a son of tho late Alfred Dampior, on tho ground of descrtii-n. Maude Adams, said to be the wealthiest woman on rho American stage, has her own definition for genius : “ Genius is the talent for seeing tilings straight.” The building of picture theatres is the most noteworthy feature in connection with building activity in Auckland. At least one new theatre is, in course of construction, while two more arc expected to bo put in hand at an early date (says the ‘Herald’). Good progress is being unde with the erection of tho Grand Theatre in Queen street, opposite the General Post Office. The structure will bo a five-story steel-frame, building, and the theatre portion will scat about 800 people. When, completed the approximate cost of tho building will reach £12.000. By Christmas it is expected that the picture theatre will bo ready for opening, but a much longer period will elapse before the whole of the building is completed. Plane for a new picture theatre in Queen street are being prepared by Mr Hugh C. Grierson. Tho building of this theatre was postponed Indefinitely owing to tho war, but the promoting syndicate have now decided to go on with the project. It is expected that a start will be made on the new building early in the new year. The i Dominion Picture Theatres Company also I contemplate the erection of a new theatre i on a site adjoining the Lyric Theatre, in Symonds street.
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FOOTLIGHT, FLASHES, Evening Star, Issue 15662, 28 November 1914