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FOOTLIGHT PLASHES, Issue 15680, 19 December 1914
[By Loitreeb.] Mr George Buller is now in Dunedin awaiting tne arrival of the Geo. Wilioughby Dramatic Company that* is under ins guidance. The season begins on Boxing night with ' Tho Ever Open Door,' which will be followed after four nights' presentation by 'Under Two Flags' (two nights) and 'Caniille' (ono night}. The management "are wisely adopting a " war price" policy, and should reap a goodly harvest. The New Zealand tour concludes at Auckland on Thursday, February 25, the company sailing thence for Sydney. The Musical Kennedys, who since they appeared in Dunedin nine months ago have given 117 entertainments in almost every town in New Zealand, will open at Burns Hall on Boxing Day, for a season of seven nights. So successful has the long tour proved that the Kennedys intend to go right through both islands again before proceeding to America. The Willoughby attraction in Sydney at Christmas will be the pantomime 'The Babes in the Wood,' which, I believe, was largely* written by Alf. J. Lawrence, who was here with Fuller-Brennan. working with • Violet Carmen. Among the artists engaged aro Dorothy Harris (principal boy), Daisy Jerome (principal girl), and Josephine "Gassnian and her piccaninnies, who will provide one of the- specialties. The lhineufn oeasou will commence at His Majesty's Theatre- on April 3 (Ea6ter Saturday), and will be one of seven nights. Mr W. S. Percy opened a season at Eustou Musical Hall, London, early in November with great success. He is still keeping en his work as special constable, and was recently offerecf, but declined, promotion. Violet Loraine. who was "principal boy" in the New Zealand and Australian tour of 'Puw in Boots,' has been engaged as leading woman of a now revue, ' Business as Usual,' at tho London Hippodrome. Mr Frank Musgrove advises from Sydney that Miss Ncilie Stewart, supported by* a strong dramatic company, will visit New Zealand eaWv' in the coming year. The repertoiro will consist of 'Madame Du Barry.' ' Dorothy o' the Hal!,' • Sweet Nell of Old Drun-.' and probably one other play. Mr Robert Bell, husband of Mrs Brough, has volunteered for service at tho front. Mrs Brough is at present in London. Mr Herbert Grimwood, who accompanied Mr Oscar Asche on both his visits to New Zealand, has had to resign his part in Mr A?chc'i lately-produced Zulu play, 'Mamcena,' owing to illness. Ivy Schilling and Fred Leslie, who were reported to havo made a frost when they first hit London, are now &dd to be making a hit with their jiu-jitsu "turn" at tho Empire, in spite of the war and Ivy's 'German name. One admirer wroto: "The application of jiu-jitsu to the rhythmic purposes of tho danco is fresh. Schilling and I/eslio are line dancers; but beyond that thev'vo a touch of their own which will make the market eaoy for them in England.'' M. Vbiinin. who was here with Gence as her principal dancer, has joined Pavlova in the same capacity for her American tour. Miss Paulino Chase—" Peter ran"— was married rm October 24 at the -church of St. Martin-iii-tbe-Fiekls, Charing Cross, to Mr Alexander V. Drummond, son of Mr George Drummond, a well-known banker. It was very appropriate that the wedding should take place iu St. Martin's, for it was there that tho bride was christened, and, moreover, St. Martin's stands within a hundred yards or so of the theatre where she has won so much fame. Miss Paulino Chase, whose real name was Bliss, is tho daughter of Dr E. B. Bliss and tho late Mrs Bliss, of Washington, and tho bridegroom is an officer in the West Kent Yeomanry, with which regiment he was in training when the mail left. Mrs Clarke, widow of the late Marcus Clarice, who died recently in Melbourne, made her first stage appearance with G. V. Brooke. She appeared with such not able actors as Joseph Jefferson, Chas. .Kean. and Walter Montgomery. One of her daughters is Miss Marian Clark', now with the Fred Niblo Company. Miss Beatrice Day waa specially engaged to play in the Australian Repertory Company's recent production in Melbourne of Bernard Shaw's play ' The Philander.?!'.' For special productions Mr Gregan M'Mahon generally reinforces his company with a recruit from the " regulars." Paul Dufault is having a holiday on his Canadian ranch before beginning his autumn engagements in America. It is stated to be likely that Fuller- | Brennan will reopen the Princess Theatre about the middle of January with vaudeville, the first part .provided by the costume company ' Tho Magpies," in whose ranks is Cissy O'Keefe. Harry Borradale, an ex-champion elocutionist of Auckland and Canterbury, is said to be winning a fine reputation with tho Bed Dandies in Australia. The Court Cards, an English costume •comedy company, due at Auckland per the Sr>mers?t, will make their first bow to a New Zealand audience in Napier at Christmas. With the party are Miss Maude Fane and Messrs Warwick and Mannering, all of whom are well known in New Zealand. The Melbourne. 'Winner* comments: If the war will do nothing else for Australia it will at least help to establish more firmly ono industry—tho making of grease paints. Before the w;ar broke out practically all the grease paints were imported, and a, lot of them imported from Germany. The commencement of hostilities, however, shortened the supply from other countries, and the Australian-made article at once sprang into use. " I had never used tho Australian article before," said Mr Herbert Walton, of the Dandies, discussing the matter the other night, "and I "did not know it was so good. I had to got used to it a little, perhaps, before I liked it so well, but now I am convinced that it is equal to the production of any other country of the world. In future I am going to insist on the Australian article as long as I am in Australia. The stace should do its sharein practical patriotism-"
FOOTLIGHT PLASHES, Issue 15680, 19 December 1914
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