TULLER-BRENNAN VAUDEVILLE. Another short season of vaudeville was inaugurated at the Princess Theatre last night, when (he Fuller-Uremian proprietary presented a hill which for sustained merit touched f. high level. Some minutes before 8 o’clock the house was packed, and tho management were obliged to stop tho sale of tickets, crowds of late.-comers thus meeting with disappointment. That those who had been fortunate enough to obtain admission were satisfied with the piogrnmme .submitted was abundantly demonstrated by the rounds of appreciative applause which rewarded each item. The first part was wholly taken up by a party of entertainers styling themselves 'The Magpies,’ who appealed nattily attired in black and white. The members of this (lever band proved to he artiste who had previously visited ns in other costume cornparies. and established themselves as favorite? in tho particular class of entertainment. Mr Clifford O'Keefe, for instance, is known to us as the possessor of a fine bass voice, and this, in quality at any rate, was proved not to have deteriorated in the slightest, the singer being heard to distinct advantage in ’Rocked in (he Cradle of the Deep,’ to a piano and organ accompaniment. Mr Lou Vernon’s was another welcome reappearance, and this talented artist had to respond to a treble encore. Hie best effort was the musical monologue ‘The Italian and the Rose, but his song 1 1 Don’t Want To,’ and an other which was a decidedly clever parody (a satire of the German Emperor) on the well-known ‘Row. Row. Row,’ were popular items. Mr Billy Maloney contributed a couple of most amusing sketches, in one of which he showed the impossibility of the Germans getting to Dunedin. Miss Pearl Livingstone was another Magpie whom the audience were loth to part with, while .Miss Iris Edgar and Miss Cissy O'Keefe received emphatic encore? for their respective songs.—and deserved them. Mom of the concerted pieces were pood, and the finale, representing a picnic at the seaaide, was bright and well done. Mr Kennedy Black acted as accompanist. In the second part were two undoubtedly “star" turns. One was the weirdly clever net of Herman and Shirley's, which is worked into a. sketch entitled ‘Tho Mysterious Masqueraders ’ in a manner that relieves it entirely of the gruesome aspect which often tends to make contortion acts somewhat repellent. There is nothing repellent in tliis nne. however : on the contrary, it is attractively elever and amusing, and is oni’e the best, of its kind yet seen on the Dunedin stage. In the special engagement of Miss Rosa Lee Ivy the management made no mistake, for almost before the conclusion of her first song tho audience had grasped the fact that here was an artist,” and her popularity was quickly and fit inly established. Miss Ivy is perhaps not so electrically lively as Miss Dai a y Jerome, hut fho lias abundant animation and vtrsanlitv, and is, moreover, tho hr.pp.v possessor of a soprano voice which i< of a quality rarelv heard on the vaudeville stage. The voice is so pleasing in may particular that after hearing it in songs of a tuneful nature a tinge of regret c. mint he stifled when it is distorted m the popular lint confessedly inelegant rag time. Miss Ivv is a comedienne ne well as a singer, a qualification disclosed in several of her songs, notably 'Without.' and al-o in a series of imitat ions. In her final song. ‘Take Me Where I Can Shout,’ Mis? Ivy puts the request fo the audience: “ F.verv time I holler you holler,” and they did " hol’er.” Other turns, whHi are n.dv slightly less meritorious, and which n ■ foVomplelo this lirM class hill, are; Nml Cant, in f-colch songs, comic and sentimental : Brinkman and the Steele Sister.--, in novel character singing: and Monahan and Sheehan, in a musical act in which liianv different, int-trumeute are, used. Ihe same programme will be repeated to-night.
HAYW.ARDS’ PICTURES. The new programme that was divulged to public view at the Octagon Hall la‘-t night was in every way a most entertaining and mterecting one. embracing a wive vai iely of subject* Of course, a picture ci.t, rtainment would he incomplete without a- picture dealing with the war. and to raiiMy the public desire in (ms , onncclion ’Scenes In and Around the Belgian Capital’ were shown. ’lbis film portrayed, among other things, a long military train passing on the way to the. limit; soldier,, taking advantage of the stop? to enjoy meals; tho post, ofire of Brussels, the ivt'd'-Z' ui: - of the remaining populace ; lb" anival of Bavarian soldiers at the from ; the gum ding of French guns; and thepl-m. mg in position of a Gorman s:e;;c_ gm,. The principal drama war ‘dess of tin Siovin Conutiy.' Tessjlvd Skinne” is left desolate w hen her fa: her is imprisoned - n ciifumstantial evideme for a. murder o: V.hb hj he it, innoi.tnl. Frantic with grim', sin l i? in dopaii , but Ficdcriqk Graves, a lit.- dsiiiev t v.-ob gi,"il M U, lem . l“'f: i m s m-, and tenches lut his faith Guiv lai-Hy ,v nnni'bccding the religion, she steals a Kihl- from a , hurcii m.d f, i’d.v.- In th - meantime 'lie conceives a great- a!b tior. for the- young man. I.has Orao-n Fred) ritk’s father, tries to mu me tho conviction of Skinner of the crime for v. hi, hj hj ■ i? a witting trial. A friend of d r-s is lei i, in a. predh ament by her he-irmai-i. who is imi'u I m at.elv killed, and dess cares for her, hut being found one day nursing the infant of her protege, less ? a-cused by her lover of infidelity, and acuiii.’in o.dcr to save her friend from obloquy. The latter, however, amused liv the denunciation of decs, can remain silent no longe", and in the pies •■•me of a lar.c assemblage lakes th-' child and claims is as her own. Tcs.= . forgiving all. is reinitaled in her lover's affections, and. be> fa 1 her being liberated shortly afterward.-., fii.dt- the reward of her selt-sai i itire in the love and happiness that she enjoys. The latest ’ Gazelle’ was fraught with interesting views, and ’A Midsummer 1/ivo Tangle’ was a moM amusing comedy. The same pictures will be shown to-nignl.
FULLERS' PICTURES. Despite counter-attractions tho Kings Them re w;w a mil house last evening, and the big audience frequently signalled th ;ir appleciaiion of the tarn oiiete-i in nnrni.v titeable s.l vie. I he m-w ?vi K-s disen,sc-d l > view soinii really capital war piciums, or ratliei im’idei Is of war. Tho (ai.ii";i booms in the distance perhaps, but too cinema fiend to far, at any rale, bars been allowed to go a c-.rt.ain distance, ai.d ~o further. Nevertheless, he has not been idle in and around lire base, a.s Inc latest ’ Bathe Gazette ’ reveals, ft contains, as has been indicated, already, quite a number of int rcs.ing snaps, these inducing a dclaf lim- ni of Indian i.-.;op< ” f n hj n in France.” Tommy Atkin? throwing up defence works, and 1 he Army Ecniu. (. u’p.-. hard at woik balling bn ad, vvhiih, as far as could l>o seen, appeared to be excellent. A second series cf pictuies concern:-1 the enemy in and around the Belgian capital. Chore wore about half a dozen picluics in all, and tho cin-cniau.gnpher did net ap- ‘ tear to be wr-.’liiug under ■ stnclicns. Ilut the war pictures, while holding pride of place in point of inter,,si, were not the only attr.acU-.-n. The pictures of a motor polo match, in whhh specially -c< instem t- d racing cars a.ro used, is a “headliner” in .a. ~ud the latest Vitagraph drama ‘ Sacrifice of Kathleen’ is also a star at- , traction, the story being one of compelling interest. - Other film? include ‘ Dem-.in of the Rails’ (drama), ‘A Matter of Record’ (comedy), and ‘lnmates of tho Aquarium’ , (Nature study). 1
j HIS THEATRE. | His .Majesty'*- I iiealix; wa o a rain packed I last evening, when George Willoughby 1 ) 1 Company staged • Tin* Ever Until Poor 1 ■ for the second time. 7he loading characI tore were we]] siitlaim•:! hv Mr George . Cioss and IMiss Vet a Reincc. The scenic : effects were again a feature of the production. .1 he Ever Open Poor’ is a very I el viking drama, ami will ho staged for : two more nights. On Tlnu-fday night it will !x i replace! hy ‘ruder Two Flags.’ The popular war drama ‘ Under Two : Flags,’ dramatised from Ouida’s novel of that name, will be staged on Thursday and Friday next. It was revived lately ;at the Adclphi, Sydney. The play fol- : lows the novel, and deals with the career ' of a quixotic young gentleman who takes . upon himself the guilt of forgery com- ; milled bv his brother, shields the honor j of a lady who clearly never possessed 1 this virtue, prevents a Father's heart from ' breaking, and leaves England to join s j regiment of the Foreign Legion stationed ;in A Igiers. These revolutionary incidents i succeed each o' her in bren‘b vv.ijiv within the short space of the first act, leaving the hero three more acts in which to perl'onn b.-roU d-Is. and Innd!" die in the arms of the heroine. A point of i interest is added at the present momenf by the fact that no doubt the Chasseurs DAfriqne are among those French regiments now lighting on tlm Belgian frontier. Ihe setting of the Algerian scenes is said to be highly picturesque, and the atmospheric effe.-t Is enhanced by a pro- | fusion of french flags and the plaving j ami singing of the ; Marseillaise. 'The : stirring tableau of the fight at the, end of tile second act always sends the curtaiip 11 p five or six times, and moves the audience to join in the singing of the ; French National Hymn. The staging of ; this drama at the present time is verv , apropos, as the British and French are i fighting hand in hand, and therefore any : war drama pertaining to it is immensely I popular. ‘ Camille’ will lip staged the last night ol the, season (Saturday) tc i give the public an opportunity of seeing I Miss Reniee in her characterisation of the j name part. I 1 THE KENNEDYR. ' Music-lovers are taking advantage of this gol.jcn oppoitiinily to hear ,-ome high-class music at the. Burns Hall, where the Kenj nedy .Musical Family repeated their prej vious programme last evening. Kncoroe i were numerous, showing that without a j doubt the audience could appreciate the i items given. The pKigrainmo consisted of ! Hems by the Kennedy quartet, Keith Keu- ! nedv (violinistl, Lance Kennedy (flautist), j Laurie Kennedy ('cellist), Dorothy Grace, and Rose Fitzgerald (soprano and conI'tralto singers). As'an e-ncon, Miso Ross ; Fitzgerald sang 'A' Perfect Day,’ which i was exceedingly well rendered by this rnn- . iralto, who knows how to use her voice to the Ltd. advantage l in fin’s beautiful song. There will he a, complete change of programme this evening. PLAZA PUTFRER. The current series of pictures at the j Plaza 'Theatre contains some excellent views of the American soldier at work ( and play, and also n. line patriotic, picture ;of the "laes of the bulldog lured/’ The latest edition of the ‘Warwick Chronicle' contains some interesting snaps from near the front, | QUEEN’S THEATRE. | 7he big attraction at the. Queen’s Theatre is furnished by the new A.K. drama I ‘ La.nd of Shaiiows.’ The latest war pic- • tiiivs contain rniii’h that is interesting. KINO EDWARD I LI.ATP,-. At the King Udwaid Theatre, which is being accorded a /nil me;iMiiv of favor, the A.B. drama, ’One is Business, One. is Ciitp.i-’ pii.vidcs the "star" attraction, it (icing supported hy ‘ Loading Lady ’ noMii.-i, ' loose Who Fuller ‘ (drama', ‘ daumont Oraphic.’ and oilier films. A private telegram from Auckland stalei that, the prodiii Ii < ill of ‘ Tilth i iotidoliers 1 by Williamson's Comic Opera Company or Srtindav night "as iccivd wit hj great «>n- ! 1 knslasni. end was generally acknowledged to be tlie tine.-i ivprtreiil.itioji of the Gi 1 - bent and. Suiliwui opera yet presented.
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AMUSEMENTS, Evening Star, Issue 15687, 29 December 1914