HAYWARDS’ PICTURES. At the Octagon Hall the programme headed by the Australian picture ‘ The Shepherd of the Southern Cross" will be screened finally to-night. The attractions for Monday will bo the Japanese drama ‘ Tho Wrath of the Gods ’ and a new war series. . FULLERS’ PICTURES. Fullers’ continuous picture programme at the King’s Theatre has drawn big business all the week. In addition to several fine war subjects there is the drama ‘ Johanner the Barbarian ’ and the Keystone comedy ‘The Sky Pirate.’ The theatre was open to-day from 2 p.m. KING EDWARD THEATRE. At the King Edward Theatre there is a very attractive week-end programme, including ‘ Codes of Honor, a delightful drama, which cannot fail to hold the attention of the audience. Of interest, too, is the picture of H.AI.A.S. Sydney, the destroyer of the notorious Ernden, and a review of New Zealand forces in Australia. QUEEN’S THEATRE. To-day will be the last opportunity of seeing that absorbing drama ‘ Codes of Honor ’ screened at the new Queen's Theatre, also the picture of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in Australia. On Alonday a remarkable Keystone comedy, ‘'The Property Alan,’ will bo screened. This is said to bo something out of the ordinary, and created a great impression when shown in Wellington. PLAZA PICTURES. ‘ The Bronze Idol ’ is the head-liner at the Plaza to-day, and it is fully entitled to that position, being a photo play of exceptional merit. Not that the supporting pictures are in any way below standard; indeed, they include many films, interesting and amusing, the whole comprising a programme well worth seeing. AIR BROWNING’S STUDENTS. In tho Dresden Hall last night a very large party of music lovers, filling 'all the seats, were entertained by students who owe to Air Harold Browning their knowledge of singing and. k their ability to sing. The concert was most capably managed, pains being taken to make the guests coralonable and to provide a programme having the twofold purpose ol demonstrating the students’ powers and of interesting the audience, and those present were also pleased to find that Air Browning evidently had it in his mind to avoid the reproach of todiousness, for the programme was not unduly lengthy, and encores were not angled for—iu fact, they could only be enforced by determined pressure, nearly all the performers declining the honor in a quiot and modest way. There were two part songs for ladies’ voices, both well sung. To one of these, ‘The Snow’ (Elgar), an accompaniment on muted violins was tastefully supplied by Aliss AI. Burke and Air L. Swan. The pupils came forward individually in this order: Mr 0. Hardwick, th© possessor of a distinctly good bass voice; Aliss E. Goldsmith, who is a sympathetic and true soprano; Airs Dory, a contralto whose lower notes are. rich and of capital quality; Aliss Tansy Waters, a soprano who sings with much intelligence; Air A. Caldwell, whoso agreeable baritone voice was heard in a somewhat boyish but well-studied interpretation of Santley’s great song ‘To Antlica’; Aliss V. Small, a soprano who has made marked advance in all respects since appearing at the competitions; Miss Hoskins, who, though nervous, sang skilfully and with very nice taste; Air A. Spears, from whom we had a very fair students’ rendering of ‘ The Wanderer ’; Miss Arid a Waters, who was in groat form, and mad© light of ‘ Samson and Delilah ’ difficulties; Air G. Proctor, whose buoyant and meaningful singing of ‘A Alay Afoming’ quite pleased everybody; Miss’ R. Carr, fresher than ever, and prepared to make points in her songs that were not quite plain at the recent Liedertafel concert; and the Rev. C. R. Allen, who sang with breadth and feeling. Mr* S. Wilson and Air W. A. Alacdonnell were apologised for on account of colds. Air Browning filled one of the vacancies, and when ho rose to sing the guests gave him a. special round of applause, thus saluting him as an accomplished musician, and saying by their clapping that they liked him very much personally. The students who came forward made it quit© plain that they are profiting by Air Browning’s instruction. Some of the songs presented are of the class that rely mainly on interpretation; others were chosen to display the voice. The choice in each instance seemed to be suitable, and it was gratifying to discover that the. singers did not attempt anything beyond their powers. It is a groat step in advance when a pupil knows Jiow far ta go. An unpretentious interpretation may be safely ventured upon by students who would court disaster if they attempted Melba and Caruso flights. Mr Browning may be sincerely complimented on the results of the concert, and thanks are due to Mrs Browning and Miss Gawne for their helpful accompanying. The onlv complaint about the concert was as to the action of a freshair glutton who opened a window or a door or the side of tho house in the middle of the proceedings and gave his neighbors a chili. Why, if on© person wants to get cool, does ha not go outside himself? It would bo far more polite than to practically put everybody else out into tho open. ‘THE PROPERTY MAN,’ , A special attraction in the shape of a Keyetone star comedy bearing tho above title will be th© reigning attraction at the New Quean’s Theatre on Monday next, and for th© following two days. ‘Th© Property Man ’ is said to be the cleverest theatrical skit ever screened, and features that greatest of all picture comedians, the inimitable Charles Chaplin,” who, in America, earns a princely salary on the legitimate stage as principal comedian of Fred Kamo's Mumming Birds Company. A property man is a half-slavey, half-boss behind the scene* of a theatre; he does mostly nothing except to nip up the stage, build the props, bees tho stagehands, torment the actors, garry their trunks, flirt with the show girls, borrow money, and is generally in an inebriated
condition. In Wellington tins picture caused a. positive sensation, and critics are agreed it is the beet laughter-raiser the famous Keystone Company have yet produced, whilst Charles Chaplin is seen at hia host. In addition to the above, an array of supporting subjects will be screened. * HUM FIT DUAIPTY ’ PANTOMIME. An was to bo only expected, a-good demand for seats was made at tho Dresden when tho box plan opened yesterday . for tho above attraction, which opens at His Majesty’s Theatre next Tuesday, for a five nights’ season. Evidently Messrs Stephenson and Linley’s enterprise in bringing to tha Dominion a largo pantomime comprising over 05 people, and staging its production at popular prices, is going to reap tha revil'd it justly deserves. The company are almost entirely now to New Zealand, being composed of young and keen artistes who have all made reputations for themselves in England, America, and Australia, and the amount of vim and energy they put into their work is said to lie .a revelation to the oldest playgoer, who prefers this to oldtime artistes who nave outlived their usefulness. The pantomime can only be played for a few nights, as tho season is ’imited. A matinee is to bo given on Saturday next, specially reduced prices being charged for children. The box plan is now open for the season at the Dresden. ami patrons are requested to note that the curtain rises at 7.45 p.m. KAIKORAI BAND. The programme to bo rendered by the Kaikorai Band in tho Botanical Gardens to-morrow should meet with the approval of all classes of the community. This organisation has endeavored to keep paoe vvith the present stirring times, and at’all times during the international crisis hits freely offered its services at all patriotic and other functions which have been organised by the public and other bodies. In consequence of the bandsmen’s services having been requisitioned so much recently. the opportunities of increasing the band’s funds have been few and far between. The programme to be performed to-morrow embraces roveral nautical and patriotic airs in commemoration of the recent naval victory in the South Atlantic, also several other items which will no doubt be given in the band’s usual efficient manner. We feel sure that anyone who visits the Gardens to-morrow afternoon will be perfectly satisfied with the fare provided by this popular organisation.
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AMUSEMENTS, Evening Star, Issue 15674, 12 December 1914