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Patriotic Entertainment at Penzance

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Patriotic Entertainment at Penzance is an article published in The Cornish Telegraph on 26 november 1914.

Patriotic Entertainment at Penzance

The Cornish Telegraph (26 november 1914, p. 7)


Thanks to the initiative of Mrs. R. Glave Saunders, who found hearty support from the leading amateurs of Penzance as well as from the members of the Redruth Amateur Dramatic Society, the public of Penzance were given another opportunity on Wednesday evening of showing their patriotism, and they responded in a characteristically noble manner. The Pavilion was packed, and during the proceedings Mr. R. Glave Saunders announced that the total proceeds were about £45, of which possibly £40 would be profits. The funds for providing comforts for the D.C.L.I. at the front will therefore benefit by this amount, as the entertainment was arranged for this purpose. In achieving such brilliant success, all who took vast are entitled to the warmest thanks and congratulations of the town. No pains had been spared to make success certain. The programme opened with an overture, patriotic march "Carry on," by the Penzance Independent Band (under Mr. A. Nicholls). This was followed by the rendering of the National Anthems of the Allies by the Penzance Patriotic Choir (whose services in the streets of Penzance recently were so successful), under the conductorship of Mr. J. H. Bunt. The choir were effectively grouped on the platform, and limelight representations of the flags of the different nations were thrown on the choir as each National Anthem was sung. Mr. Charles Jasper gave a rousing rendering of "Jack Briton," Miss Mabel Bosence, the talented young Penzance violinist, rendered most artistically and sympathetically the bracketted solos "Aria" (Tenaglin) and "Bolero" (E. German). Miss Fanny Treloar, always a welcome soloist, sang me daintly Elgar's "Pleading" and Brewer's "Fairy Pipers." The first part of the programme concluded with Sir A. Conan Doyle's dramatic episode "A Story of Waterloo," in which the characters were ably sustained by Mr. R. Glave Saunders (Corporal Gregory Brewster, aged 86), Mr. T. Beckerleg (Sergt. A. McDonald, R.A.,) Mr. Arthur Henderson (Col. James Midwinter), Mrs. R. Glave Saunders (Norah Brewster, the Corporal's grand-niece). The Independent Band having rendered the waltz "Ecstasy," the Redruth Amateur Dramatic Society appeared in the humorous sketch, "The Night Watchman," in which they admirably maintained the reputation they have created at Penzance on their former visits. The cast was as follows: The Night Watchman, Mr. G. Howard Kistler; a Society Idol, Mr. H. W. Trevithick; an Actress, Miss Julia Pryor; Col James, Mr. H. W. Trevithick. Miss Katherine Hodges won much favour with her daintily executed suite of dances, and Miss Beatrice Hodges sang Scott Gatty's "Waltz Song" (with dance). Both of these young ladies were admirably and suitably gowned for the occasion. Miss Ethel Tonking, of whose abilities as a pianist Penzance should be proud, delighted the audience with her bracketted numbers (a) "Barcarolle" (A. Liadow, Russian), and (b) Etude en forme de Valse (Saint Saens, French). Mr. Edward Trythall's full, round and exceedingly pleasing voice was greatly admired in "When my ships come sailing home," and "There's a land." Miss Violet Nunn was down for a couple of songs at the piano, but unfortunately was indisposed. Miss Beatrice Edwards, a member of the "Curios" Company who are appearing at the Pavilion this week, filled the vacancy, and gave a most spirited and dramatic rendering of "The Flag that never comes down." The programme concluded with the burlesque "You made me love you," by the Redruth Amateurs. Miss Ethel Tonking was the accompanist; Mr. Harry Hamlyn, stage manager; the stage furniture was lent by Mr. Alfred Smith, of the Clarence Street furniture depot; and the programmes were given by Messrs. W. H. Rodda and Son.