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I.A Dramatic Company

• FORCED TO THE WAR. ” On Tuesday and Wednesday last lang-e audiences greeted the I.A. Dramatic Club in the New Municipal Theatre. ■ The play was staged in first-class style, and the scenery (the work of Mr Chas. Dykes) was artistically done, and reflected credit on that gentleman. The play, “Forced to the War," is a sensational American piece, and one of the best yet staged by this company. The incidental music, supplied by Mr Edwards’ orchestra, was much enjoyed. The various parts were well placed, and showed care and attention to detail, and the audiences were ■delighted with the performances, which should go to place the I.A.’s as a first-class theatrical company. Mr A. R. Wills, as a fugitive from justice, but who ultimately clears himself, was capital, and won his way to the hearts of the audience right from the start. “Bob," as l his mates call him, has an easy style,, and enters into his work with a will. Mr L. W. J. Morton, as a confidential clerk, was in his glory,and took his part in a manner that reflected credit on himself and his company. Mr Morton is a born actor, and has a clear delivery and fine stage presence. Mr W. Stanton, as a retired merchant, took his part very well indeed. Mr F. J. Crawford had an evening out —taking the part of a “skedaddler" from the ranks and a gaol warder, and scored well, taking his parts with commendable protv>ptitude. Mr G. F. Bailey made a very good farmer, and Mr E. S. Ward as his son Simon, was in his element, andappoared to better advantage than heretofore. Messrs Fitzgerald, J. Durham, E. Cockroft, and J. Finnerty were welljdaced as subrunners, and played important parts in the drama. Mr Fitzpatrick made an ideal landlord, and Mr H. Thomson made a very good policeman. The ladies taking part in the drama acquitted themselves admirably. Miss Cockroft, as Grace Marathon, acted her part in a highly creditable manner, while Miss Lee as the farmer’s wife was very decided, and had a tv ay of her own in clearing a room. Miss Cahill, as Emma Sampson, was in a happy frame of mind, and pleased the audience. No doubt the new theatre is a boon to Invercargill, and although the expenses are heavier, the benefits derived from better acoustic properties are considerable, ami it must be gratifying to the manager (Mr A. R. Wills) and his talented company to know that their efforts were so appreciated. The Municipal staff carried out their part without a hitch, and when wo looked into the engineroom there was engineer Stone at his post, and we thought of the line —“Every man expected to do his duty," and they did it right well.

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I.A Dramatic Company, Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 42, 15 December 1906, Incorrect pagination

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I.A Dramatic Company Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 42, 15 December 1906, Incorrect pagination