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Adelaide Quiz and the Lantern (Newspaper) - June 14, 1894, Adelaide, South Australia National Library of Australia mems about mummers. Harry j Ewett writing to a Friend in Sydney says he made a hit in Boston. He had met Arthur Lawrence who was looking Well and who was perfectly satisfied with his engagement with manager Frohman. Jewett also i says that Brian Darley is about again after his Accident but does t look so Well dressed a6 he used to do in Sydney. Sir Arthur Sullivan s father was bandmaster of the Royal military College and he made his son learn every instrument in the band except the Bassoon and the Hau boy. Very soon he was Able to undertake any instrument. To this sir Arthur attributes his Power of orchestration. London theatres employ 12,000 persons. Miss Audley Kingdon miss Dora Moulden appeared at the Benefit to Frank Cates in Sydney in a come Dietta entitled a Wedlock written by George lash Gordon. The Benefit was not a financial Success., Wallace Brownlow successor to. Charles Ryley is described As an Excel Lent vocalist but a somewhat poor actor. Charles Ryley takes a Benefit at the Princess theatre Melbourne on Friday afternoon. Next week he leaves for London where he will join George Edwardes burlesque company who Are about to visit America and Australia. 1 t the life of a Mummer is hard. The members of the comic opera company left Adelaide last Friday afternoon arrived in Melbourne at a Quarter to 9 o clock the next morning and were required to attend a rehearsal two hours later. Stage manager Bracy having left Adelaide for Melbourne before the close of the comic opera season George Musgrove took charge of the rehearsals of " Mamie Rosette and immediately set to work to alter Bracy s business very considerably. Seats have been booked for the performance of " the new boy at the vaudeville theatre London eight months ahead. The Booker was an american. Bram Stoker thinks that first night notices should be left to the descriptive reporters. The criticisms should follow when the company have settled Down to their work. Walter Bentley is organising another company. He ought to advertise for Artistes at nothing a week and find themselves. Corbett the pugilist has actually made a Success in the play " gentle Man Jack at Drury Lane theatre. E is described As being easy natural and Manly. Johnny Gourlay thoroughly sur prised Tapley in Paul Jones by addressing him As Rufino de Louis that name will stick to Young Conrad. Rufino Conrad he ? As Gourlay announced at the theatre Royal on thursday night he expects to be Back in Adelaide in a few weeks. He is now Busy arranging with George Walton and Harry Shine for the formation of a company similar to that which played so successfully at the Bijou theatre last year. This company will probably give its opening performance at the Bijou in four or five weeks and during the season a farcical comedy the Golden wig written by h. Congreve Evans and John Morley both of whom Are South australians will be produced. The comedy was completed and submitted to or. Gourlay about a month ago. The Otago Workman says or. H. J. Lyons who disbanded his opera burlesque company in Christchurch seems to have forgotten to pay them their salaries and when pressed for payment by the members of the company stoutly persisted that they had no Legal claim on him As they were All engaged in Sydney through a. Middleman. Go for the middleman were his parting then the Workman has some very hard things to say about Lyons expressing the Hope that he May be Burnt at the stake. Jennie Lee has been playing in West Australia some of the members of her company being misses Katherine Hardy and Nifcas Steele messes. Tom Cannam Frank Bateman and o Grady. The Urso Sapio concert company were at latest in Tasmania Sydney to follow. Charles Turner the Tenor used to be a Cornet player at a leading London theatre. Madame Lucy Chambers who has just died aged 46, perhaps had More to do with the perfection of australian vocalist than any other professional. Her pupils almost idolized her. Ida Osborne but a list of those who received her training would fill a column. The Manning opera company. Dear quiz it has occurred to me that it might be beneficial to members of the dramatic profession turning their eyes towards Western Australia to know the causes which contributed to the failure of the late Manning opera company. The history of the Circum stances under which it was formed and brought to Western Australia is not altogether uninteresting. So to begin. In january last or. Manning came to me and unfolded a scheme for bringing Over a company to play English and Light opera in Perth and Fremantle and sought my support. He proposed getting half a dozen principals of High repute submitting names of those Likely to accept an engagement from him. The orchestra and chorus brought the strength of the company up to thirty which i considered was the extreme number it would be Wise to take to the West. Or. Manning who admitted to Ine that he was without capital to Start the Enterprise with said he could accomplish it if he obtained a guarantee of a certain amount from the Public. Anxious As i was to encourage efficient companies to visit Western Australia and be Lieving in or. Manning s ability to carry out his scheme and control the company i gave him the strongest support in the press and introduced him to leading residents from his excellency the governor downwards. The consequence was after about a fortnight s work he obtained a guarantee of ,�400. This was Dis counted in order to enable or. Manning to go East collect his company and take them Over. He returned in fourteen weeks with his company which to my Surprise contained 46 instead of 30 members. The principal artists were Good and capable including miss Marie Els Feer miss Katherine Hardy or. Leu mane and or. P. C. Josephs and the orchestra and chorus most excellent the former including Many members of the late victorian orchestra. The arranged repertoire was six operas but Only five were played during the opening season of twelve nights " Faust " Maritana the Bohemian girl Gir Ofle Giro la and Madame the attendance of the Public of Perth and Fremantle where an eight nights season was played was for the size of the places magnificent at the former averaging Over �100 a night. At the close of the season in the City and port or. Manning most unwisely i think determined to take his company of forty six performers to Geraldton a town of about 1,200 inhabitants Over 200 Miles by sea from Fremantle. He played a season of six nights to crowded houses but the Hall was too Small to permit of the takings per night covering the expenses and or. Manning made a considerable loss there. He returned to Perth with Only one new opera instead of three As he had promised and gave a scratch performance of the Lily of Killarney which was chiefly noteworthy for the admirable singing and acting of or. Leu mane As Myles a co Paleen. Certain episodes to which it is impossible for me to refer More particularly had Given offence to a Section of Perth society it was known that some dissension existed in the company and the return Perth season was Only moderately successful whilst at pre Mantle it was positively disastrous. Special orchestral concerts were organised to assist the company in the difficulties about them and these too were but very moderate successes. At the second of them in my presence or. Manning informed his company to use his own words that he was " utterly Stone Motherless broke and when enquiries were made As to return fares to Mel Bourne it was found that despite the preliminary guarantee which or. Manning said he required for the passage Money of his company most of the members had been brought Over on the single ticket and were stranded. There was but one thing to be done a fund was started for the assistance of those in distress Aimi a Amateur professional entertainments were organised with the same object. I acted As treasurer and with the assistance of or. Leu mane who most generously remained behind to help his fellow artists ill distress at great personal inconvenience and loss we got away from the Colony 16 put of 22 before i had to leave myself and come East. However my object in telling you All this is to demonstrate the causes of the non Success of the Manning opera company and to protect the reputation of the Community in which i live in regard to artistic appreciation and the first place As i have indicated the company was too Large and con sequently expensive bearing in mind the size of Perth and Fremantle and the capacity of the Halls and it was especially injudicious to take them to Geraldton. In the next place the company out stayed their Welcome and should not have played a second season except possibly two nights in Perth and one in Frena Antle. Had or. Manning brought his proposed company of thirty performers and adhered to the conditions of Success i have indicated above we should have had no Story of failure. We in the West can keenly enjoy a Good thing and artists of Merit Are greeted with rare kindness and Courtesy. But we want what is Good. A compact Little opera company or a Clever comedy organisation of about eight or ten performers Well managed and with frequent changes of programme will pay Well in Perth. Finally whilst i thanking you in anticipation of your kindness in publishing this let me i commend the generosity and self sacrifice of or. Leu mane to the attention of his fellow Artistes for without him i am afraid this Relief fund might have fallen through. Yours &c., Francis Hart. In order to bring the benefits of Lite Assurance within the reach of All classes Frem Putns May be. Paid w weekly monthly or yearly

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