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FOOTLIGHT FLASHES, Issue 15702, 16 January 1915
t [By LorrsßXß.] MwSpenoer Lorraine has roriwMd from ids European and American tour, and apparently purposes settling in Dunedin again, itiss Gladys Bowen, tits Christ,, church, cogtea-lto, ho whose oatroaf Mr Lorraine pinxsod his faith, is reported to ba doing very well in New York, where also, in the meantime, Mrs- Lorraine remains. Gaston Merval© (who will be remembered locally for many fine performances, including Strengali) was in in October last playing at the .New York Comedy Theatre m ‘Consequences.’ Charles Waldron, the actor who appeared locally .in ‘The Squaw Man’ aid ‘The Virginian,’ was nt latest playing the name part, in the New York production of •‘ Daddy Long-Legs.’ In the same cast was another actor known to Australasia— Mr Conway Wingfield. Three players well known to New Zealand are appearing in America in *Ths Little Cafe’ : —Fred H, Graham, of Graham and Dent; Colin Campbell, advance agent of ‘The Merrymakers/ and Jatei ■with Williamsons in ‘ Our Mis« Gibbs ’; and Tom Graves, comedian, in ‘ The Gay Gordons.’ The Dunedin-bom actor Jerome Patrick (formerly Alex.) appeared in September in the New York production of * What, is Love?’ at the Maxi no Elliott TheatreThe comedy made bun a transient stay. Edward Knoblauch, author of ‘Kismet,’ and part-author of ‘ Milestones,’ has written a new play entitled * My Lady’e Dress.’ which has been produced: in America, with. Miss Maty Boland in the lead. In the <outer of conversation with a northern writer recently, Mr Graham Motfat, author of ‘ Bunty Bulls the Strings.’ mentioned that when in Montreal he saw a performance of ‘ Bunty/ in which a young Wellington actor, Mr Cyras Hales, jfiayed Tam mas Bigger—Mr Moffat's owtf part. Mr Moffat said if was a capital per. forman-ce, and that Mr Hales was one of (lie licet and biggest Diggers he had seen, Mr Hales is. the son of Mrs W. BL Hales, of Oriental Bay, and the brother of 111 Norman Hales, a clever amateur. Two Australians score well in ths Williamson production of ' The Girl on ths Film ’ —namely, Miss Dorothy Bruntosf and Miss Marie Eaton ; ths latter is well known lo New Zealanders from her association in pantomime both, with Williamson and the late John F. Sheridan. A well-known American picture firm am responsible for the following;—“ The King of the Belgians lias engaged SO or more expert moving picture photographers 1o take as many views as pcssibi e of the devastation. done in Belgium, and following the close oft-he war the pictures are to b© exhibited all over the world for the benefit of the Belgian people. All moneys accruing from the sale or exhibition of the movies are to lx» distributed to the inhabitants of the different villages that have suffered most.
The children’s play, ‘ Seven Little- Australians,’ has had such success in Australia that .Mr Bca-umont Smith will produce it at every school vacation- Little Cecile Haines (of Wellington), who lias won high honors as Suds, will be in the company, whose Now Zealand season starts (probably at Wellington) in February.
'The (Had Eye’ comes to New Zealand in -February, This comedy is described as “ail engine of mirth, guaranteed at 1,000laugh power,’’ and in the lead is BtheJ Dane (wife of the Australian- actor CVrit Keightley), who played the role of Kihj in the original London production, which held the boards for 15 months. Those old Australia.n favorites Miss May Beatty and Mr Edward La-uri are appear-, ing in a new revue, ‘ ID-do. Everybody,’ at the London Palladium. Mr Lauri i< also the “ producer ’’ of the revue, th« music for which was composed, by Loom ca-vallo.
Mr Harry Whaitc, the well-know r scenic artist, who lias only lately returned to Australia after a visit to Great Britain, says that as regards soenio art the most interesting improvement sinco his lasi visit to London was the revolving stage ai the Coliseum, which moved round at the touch of ;i lever with three complete sets on it, arid the artists in place. In 1894 Miss Josephine Cohan (Mrs Fred Niblo) and Mr Leo. M. Cohan (now the idol of America) were appearing in vaudeville with Lydia Yea.ma.ns-'Titus, ilia otever child impersonator, who has twico visited New Zealand—-once with Rickards and finally with the Fullers. It is slater! from Beilin that the salaries paid to singers at the Berlin Royal Open* and in the actors at the Royal Theatre have been reduced for the present. AM yearly salaries amounting to over £3OO ara to Dc cut in half for the time being, although no salary will he reduced to ]ess than £3Co , for the, year, whilst salaried less than this sum will not be affected feu the present.
Mv H. B. Irving is touring ihe English, provinces vv if h Sir A. Conan Doyle* powerful am! patriotic little play,' 'A Story of Vi nterloo,’ in which. Sir Hererv Irving originally played the veteran Corporal .Brewster. Mr A. B, Meson is taking the part of Colonel Midwinter, so often impersonated hy Iho late Eaurenoe Irving. Air Ben Fuller, referring to the effect of the war on vaudeville, savs his firm had to get many of their artists to accept war .salaries. Most of them did so cheerfully. But there were others just the reverse. Xul a. manager in .Sydney had a wav douse in his contract, and so they were caught napping.
Bach’s cantata ' Plicr-bus and Pan ’ wa.« recently presented at Co-veni Garden in comic opera form, with Messrs Maurice IFOisly (who was in Australia with tireQuinlan Opera Company) and Harry Reynolds in the name parts, and Mr John Coates, ilie popular tenor, of the first Quinlan season, as Midas. Mr H. X. Southwell, well known in Australian musical circles, writes to the ‘ Sydney Morning Herald ’ as follows :—“ La#* Saturday al'ten.oau I went to a. patdotio concert r.l the Royal Albert Hall, raaliv for the sake of hearing Adelina. Patti, i had rover heard her. and was surpn.-iyi r.l her still «underfill ringing'—so much, purity arid comparative strength of team in ‘ Voi ihe Sapet-e * and ‘Home. Sweet Home Shu must he r. verv considerable ago. T suppose, though I forget, the exacts date.'' Patti was born in Madrid in 1843, so that she, is 71 years old. The dancing renaissance in America which has given tie the tango, the maxixe, and the hj "fetalion waltz, :s attributed by a writer iu 'The Theatre. Magazine" (Xcw Yorki to Pavlova. She. according to this critic, sot the fwt of a nation in rhythmia motion when in the spring of 1910 fjh« first appeared at the MnnrjvjHtai) Opera House. Among the flora! gifts at the end of th* first, act. of 'Seven Little. Australians,* winch was produced with big success in Sydney recently, was ;i big '’■emblem Inf little (Meile Haines from Mew Zealand friends. There was also .a cable for tho clever Xcw Zealander from the Mayor of Wellington.
Profit awl loss on cei tain musical coma* dips of recent dale was o'i.-;elose<l during the- public examination of Mi* Philip Michael Faraday, formerly lessee of thn Lyric Theatre*. in the London Bankruptcy Court the other, day. Mr Para day b aid that the proceed* fiom ‘Tiu; Chocolate Soldier * were £40.000*. bringing him a profit of £16.500. Over ‘The Nightbirds ’ Tin lost. £5.643. *Th»* Five, IVankforfers * iesnlted in a. loss of £493.. hut out of ‘The Girl in the Taxi ' lie made a profit of £5,518. Mr Faraday. who was formerly a survey or and <■ state agent, put his tia-hiliti-t'fi si £58.106. of whii-h £10.217 ws-s unsecured. and assets £166. In March, 1915, ho sold his interest in the Lyric Theatre, ' Tsie Choccla-to Soldier,” and ‘The. Girl in the Taxi' to N.L.T., Ltd., for £20,000. He received £IO,OOO in cash, arid the balance, in shares of the company. Tie attributed his present position to his losses in connection with las share* in N.L.T., Ltd. Interest on Joans had amounted to £5,828. The examination was concluded.
FOOTLIGHT FLASHES, Issue 15702, 16 January 1915
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