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FOOTLIGHT FLASHES, Issue 15668, 5 December 1914
[By Loiterer.] Mr I'. W. Balden, architect tor the | Grand Bictnic Palace. the new ‘‘ movie theatre in Jetty street, anticipates that the building will he flnbhod hy the end oi January. At the (iarden Fete in Invercargill to aid Use Belgian relief fund Carrie Moore ;old a Shetland pony six times tor £l2, realising £72 for the eanso. The Inver- < at gill ladies -showed their appreciation of the artist's efforts by presenting to her a henutifnl satin cushion encased in a leather satchel. A well-known Dunedin citizen who was in the "show" lunine-s manaperially for some vears Isas received private advice that J-'lorcnce Young ami ('o. (including Keg. Robert s and Glande Bautocki eonimenee a Chrbtchnich se--e.-n on Boxing Night, and onen :n Dunedin on New ’) ears night. The vet-nan mm-nger < ieorge !iu!l- r. cl Co- Willoughby t onipany'- approaching tO’.sr of New Zealan 1 with ‘The liver Open Door.’ ‘ L'nder ’two I-lags, and fainihe. announce-' in a- short note ironi Mc*liourne tint George Cross and N era Kamce will ho the "leads” '1 he Dnneih.i season of .-even nights commences on Boxing Might; Christchurch will he played for seven nights from January 9: W <--lIhedon eitglit nights from January 18; and .\ la-kland* 17 nights from February 6. Th, ; - will -il -> l-e a tone of the "smalls, tint the dates are not " la.-J ” vet. Miss Klwyn Harvey, a very pretty Aus-ij-.iJl.in a.-lre-s wiio hr.- been in this conntrv on several oecasion- . is playing Suzanne in tin- Beaumont Smith-Louts Meyer prodnetion of * ‘fin; (Had Lye at the .Fheat—Koval. Melbourne. Several other prineipais tire Australian-born. notably the -star.” l-ithel Dane (Mrs Gvril Kcightleyi. Alice Hamilton, and Lima St. Clair, who was here last with * The Brass Bottle. •The Glad Eye’ will he played in Mow Zealand early next year. The Kiigli hj dr-on. , i G .1. M. Barrie an J A. r *V. Me- ■ :-ft L -ndo-,1 f<»- Now in niler i- c-i.;t the German b■ ; yAn " in America. Frances J!o>s. Bland Holt's leading woman for many years, has gone out at the head of a company producing ‘Nobody's Daughter.’ The enterprise is under the direction of Reynold Denniston's " Country Anne-esnents, Limited." Laura Roberts, who was here with ‘On () in- Select;on’ Company, lias returned to vaudeville. It wa-- with the Fullers, working sketches with her husband, Charles 80110. that she first appeared in Dnnedin. Dr Muoeke (htuhnud of Miss Ada Crosslev. tin- Australian contralto) has offered his services for the Ambulance Corps of the KnglLh Expeditionary Force. Amy (,‘astle.s is reported to be studying grand opera at Milan. Sister Dolly is to be principal girl in the. 'Williamson pantomime. and since she does not reach Melbourne until within six days of the premiere. has her work cut out to learn the part. November 20 was Nellie Stewart's birthday. and the staff of the King's Theatre, Melbourne, presented her with a " Nellie Stewart” bangle, which she wore on the opening night of ‘ Sweet Nell.’ Barry Lnpino will reintroduce the harIcipiinadc after the * Cinderella ’ panto. "Bill Salisbury,'' Williamson'., veteran merhani-1, recalls the fact, that the tii-si, liarle.-jtiinade he had anything to do with wa, one following ‘Jack am! the Beanstalk.’ and Bland Huh was the clown. "Couldn't he jump!" says Bill. " J have never ,ccn anything to equal his performance." Howard M’Kcou n. tie. tenor of the Gtlie."t and Sullivan Company, to via it Mew Zealand next y, ar, i. tin- w-u oi a Svdnev t Ligyman, ami a. brute,< i oi No,ma,i M'ixv-own, the act", and pk.ywright who lias done so well in J.omh'ii. Vvin. Andor.sou'ti pantuiniine this year will he 'Sinh.ni.' Gwen Linden, a London artiste, will he "n;;iu:pal hov," ami John Ralston lias bv.-n eugaa-'d 'for tinbiiittoiie role, Jlal.-ton commenced his stage caioer with the Foiiard Op.na Compaoy. Mo sooner was the announcement made Dial Fan! Cinq tevalli, th, : juggler, was to g, tile in-in itie --mige a; in,: cml of the pit-sent season than tie v.-.u inundated v.-ilii hTt-'i's asking him to either sell or give tile writers h;s pai apbe. luiba. To all (.'inquvvalli .loptiecl that ho did not intend to (lisjHisc of a singh:-. suck of his apparatus. Fvery click i.-. to be packed up and consigned to ha- home in But.iin. It has lx-<m Cuuiucvaili's invaiiabJo ptac-ii:-© to retain pecsgs.sion of cvviy o little wiiich he has used in hu> many trick,-. One ol the oldest objects in hi/ pocsc.-eion is a large wooden ball with which ho walked ai years ago. 'lts a Long Bay to 'Tipperary ’ is a song that Jack Judge, it, author-composer, vainly oflesed to tlie> music p-aljhAhs.v. oi England ior tile best part of a, year before inducing Air Beit Feldman to give it to the world. Jack Judge is a music-hall artist of no great dktinetiou. The little New Zealand .-iiti-i-o Cecil© Haines is to play Suds iu Beaumont Smith's Sydney production of ’Seven Little Australians.' The play is really au adaptation of two of lithe! Tin nei-’ts novels—‘ Seven Little Australians’ ami ‘.Mbs Bobby.’ With the return of Mr Hugh D. MTntosk from a. tour round tho world, the patrons of the, Tivoli theatres (Australia) can always look forw'atd to the introduction of a novelty in the shape of entertainment. This time Mr MTntosh brought with him two clover American,- in Jack Haskell and J. W. Key, who produced a 75-m.'ntite,s revue during the ordinary ‘i ivolt show last, Saturday. Jack Cannot appealed ns principal comedian. Boi Cooper Mogrtc, the author of the American Custom-house smuggling drama ‘Under Cover,’ which. J. C. Williamson. Limited, have tor-tr.-rd for Australasia, has scotcd another New York suce-frs with a throe-act farce, ‘lt Pays to Advertise.' Channing Pollock defer;he.-, both plays in the November number ol the ‘ Green Bonk Magazine.' Of ‘Under Cover’ ho says: “It is like kissing a girl at the end of a dull evening with her mother. Patiently ami placidly you wait, two hours for a galvanic five minutes.” Of the farce he writes; "Mr Mcgruo has stuffed the play with incident, and studded it with sparkling dialogue. The success that may have eluded him at the fort- hits him straight between the eyes at Cohan’,--. l lt Pays to Advertise’ is due of the real delights of the season.” A special meeting of the directors of lie? Harry Pickards Tivoli Theatres, Limited, was held in Sydney Co welcome, the governing director (Mr Hugh J). MTntosh) hack to Australia-. A motion was agreed to expressing the cordial appreciation of the valuable work done in America, and Fngland by Mr MTnlosli, and of the very satisfactory arrangements tie had entered into on behalf of the company. Mr MTutosh, in reply, thanked IHo directors for their appreciation, and sit'd it would have been quite impossible for (he. company to have made, the headway and success it had if it had not been for the co-operation e.f the directors. The fact that the company had paid £30.000 Hi dividends in 13 months was a. sure indication of its prosperity. A "trapeze tragedy formed the subject of a coroner's inquiry at London the. other day. At a matinee at the Hippodrome a trapeze act. was performed by the Me*try Bisters, but while it was proceeding one of them ißtephauie Vcrapcelt. agcd 00, wife of a Belgian artist) fell from a height of 16ft, sustaining injuries that caused her death at the Charing Cross Hospital. Her sister, who fell from a lesser height, sustained minor injuries. At tho inquest Vera’s husband said that ho belonged to Ghent. His wife had been performing as a gymnast for 16 years, and he had "worked the halls”"with her for 12 years, during which time they had always used appliances similar to those with which the accident occurred. Deceased and her sister performed balancing feats on a ladder suspended horizontally by its centre from the ceiling. Tho ladder was prevented from tilting sideways by stays fastened in the ceiling and tho stage floor. The stays were fastened to hooks placed in holes on the stage, and the accident happened because one of the hooks slipped out and allowed the ladder to tilt sideways. Tho same hook had come out once
before the performance began, bnt he fastened it safely, ns he thought. Both the stage manage' - , the principal carpenter, and the lessee of the house declared that the apparatus was quite safe ordinarily, and that Vernpeclt was exceedingly careful. The coroner, in summing up, said that (here had not been any negligence on the part of anybody. “ The time had arrived when any kind of performance involving danger to life.” he declared, “ should be excluded from these places of amusement. Jt is a matter in which, I dare say. one would get. the sympathy of the proprietors. One does not like to son girls risk their lives simply for the amusement of spectators at n music hall. One docs not go to a music hall as a chamber of horrors." The jury endorsed the coroner’s observations.
FOOTLIGHT FLASHES, Issue 15668, 5 December 1914
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