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RUTHIN. Amateur Theatricals at Ruthin Grammar School. On Thursday evening the Shakesperian play entitled Twelfth Night was per- formed in the Assembly Rooms, Rutbin, by the members of the Grammar School Dramatic Society. There was a very full house, and the performance from com- mencement to finish was a huge success. The hall was beautifully decorated under the direction of Mr Rúuw, and great credit is due to him for the way in which these arrangements were carried out. The following also kindly assisted:âMessrs L Smith, W G Hodgson, R H Williams, Isaac Lloyd, H Morgan, H Aldrich, G Brocklehurst, and J Beech. The following is a list of the persons of the play :-Orsino, Duke of Illyria, A T Reed; Sebastian, brother to Viola, E V Speakman; Valentine, T C Edwards; Curio, R W G Scott; a Priest, R A LI Gallen; Sir Toby Belch, A H Montagu; Sir Andrew Aguecheek, F W Hodgson Antonio, J Lloyd Jones; a Sea Captain, C H Pownall; Malvolio, Olivia's Steward, E Irvine Jones; Fabian, E A Edwards; Feste, Olivia's jester, M Swainson; Pages to Olivia, E N Ashfield and F G Batters; Olivia, J Lloyd-Williams; Violo, P Hudson; Maria, W H Carter; Lady ia attendance on Olivia, J D Speakman; Lords, Sailors, Officers, T C Edwards, N M Edwards, E 0 Reveley, C Mason, C H Pownall. The story of the play is as follows Viola and her twin-brother Sebastian are wrecked on the coast of Illyria, and though both are saved, each is ignorant of. the other's fate. Viola disguised as a page boy, Cesario, takes service under the Duke Orsino. The Duke is afflicted with a hope- less passion for the Countess Olivia. Cesario (Viola) becomes his confident and the bearer of his messages to Olivia. 'Meanwhile the supposed page has herself fallen in love with the Duke, and matters are further complicated when Olivia, rejecting the Duke's overtures, falls in love with his messenger (whom she takes for a man). Olivia's advances to the page are observed by her self-styled suitor Sir Andrew. He addresses a challenge to Cesario and an ineffeeted and interrupted duel results. Here enters Viola's twin- brother Sebastian. All take him for the page Cesario, with unexpected results. He beats Sir Andrew, who thinks to renew his quarrel with the shrinking Cesario, and consents to Olivia's proposals with alac- rity. Complications again follow on Olivia's next meeting with Cesario, but Sebastian's appearance and his recognition of his sister clear up all misander- standings." In the underplot the chief characters are Malvolio, Olivia's puritanical steward Maria, her maid; Sir Toby, her roystering uncle; and Sir Andrew, a foolish knight, the dupe of Sir Toby. Malvolio is deluded into the belief that Olivia loves him and his subsequent behaviour makes him the laughing took of her household. In the course of the performance the following music was most admirably rendered: Storm' Movement from No. 6 Symphony (Beethoven); storm prelude (Sullivan); air and gavotte (Bach) minuet (Baccherini); gavotte (Rameau); serenade (Elgar); salut d' amour (Elgar); inter- mezzo from 4 Cavalliera Rustioana' (Mas- cagni); Henry VIII dance (German); song Act 2, So 2, 4 0 Mistress Mine (Addison) song-Act 3, So 1, 'Come away, Death' (Arne); chorus, I Wedding is great Juno's crown.' The orchestra was under the conductor- ship of Mr W E Belcher, M.A., organist of St Asaph Cathedral, and delighted the audience with their excellent playing throughout the evening. Mr A T Reed performed the part of Orsino in excellent style, and oarrried his part throughlwithout a hitch; his acting and excellent articulation were loudly ap- plauded. The roll of Sebastian, the brother of Viola, was assigned to Mr E V Speakman, to which he did great credit. Mr T C Edwards did ample justice to the roll of Valentine. Curio was represented by Mr R W G Scott, and his performance was most commendable. Mr R A Gallen acted as priest, and performed the same in excellent fashion. The diffloult task of impersonating Sir Toby Belch was under- taken by Mr A H Montagni who acted throughout in a most perfect manner, and evoked roars of laughter from the delighted audience. His acting was in- deed very talented, and the audience anxiously awaited his appearance in every scene. Mr I" W Hodgson periormea the part of Sir Aguecheek in a very able manner. The part of Antonio was assigned to Mr J Lloyd Jones, who entered thoroughly into the spirit of the pieoe and performed from start to finish splendidly. Mr C H Pownall did very great credit to himself in the part of Sea Captain. Malvelio, Olivia's servant, was imperson- ated by Mr E Irvine Jones, and he could not have improved in that character, for his actions and expressions were really admirable. Mr E A Edwards took the oharacter of Fabian, and showed decided talent in that capacity. Mr M Swainson ably acted the part of Feste, Olivia's jester, and kept the audience in good spirits with his funny sayings and actions The pages to Olivia were Messrs E A Ashfield and F G Batters, and their singing of 44O, mistress mine" and 44 Come away, Death was beaatifally sweet. The task of acting the part of Olivia was as- signed to Mr J Lloyd Williams, and special mention is to be made of the exoellent way he impersonated a lady in actions, ex- pressions, and dress. Mr P Hudsonjis also to be highly complimented on his perform- ance of the roll of Viola. When he made his appearance it was observed that he was well talented as an actor and ranked amongst the best of the evening. One of the best was Master W H Carter, who, as Maria, made a typical maid. The part of lady in attendance on Olivia was acted by J D Speakman. The following also did their parts well as lords, sailors, and officers:- T C Edwards, N M Edwards, & U Keveley, C Mason, and 0 H Pownall. Mr Montague excelled in the scene where he and Sir Andrew Aguecheek try to retire to bed in a drunken state. He was also ably assisted by Mr F W Hodgson as Sir Andrew. Mr E Irvine Jones, as Malvolio, also showed excellent talent in the scene, where he finds the love missive supposed to be written by the fair Olivia. Mr P Hodgson delighted the audience in the scene where he pleads his master's love suit with Olivia. His well pitched voice and his ideal actions were the admiration of all. Master W H Carter's imitation of a girl was splendid in the scence where he unfolds the plot to air Toby and Sir Andrew to fool Malvolio. Mr J Lloyd Williams, as Olivia, was greatly admired in the scene where he tells of his love for Viola. The scenery was most realistic in every scene, and was specially prepared by Messrs Robinson, of Liverpool. The dresses in every oharacter were also very becoming, and were supplied by Messrs Burkinshaw, Liverp)ol, and the wigs by Messrs Fyan, Liverpool. We may mention t, at the promoters fluent A:30 on the hiring OL dresses, scenery, &o. The whole performance was a great credit to the pupils And School and was I j amongst the best of the many excellent entertainments which have been given in connection with Ruthin Grammar School. The large audience was delighted with the excellence of the performance. Mr Mont- ague kindly took upon himself the task cf teaching the boys their different parts in the performance. It was an onerous duty involving much time and labour, but he was amply repaid for his toil by the admirable way in which every member performed his part, and upon this Mr Montague is to be highly congratulated. He is also to be complimented upon his selection of the performers, everyone being ad mirably suited to the part he represen ted. This is the first time that the perform- ances of the Grammar School have taken the form of a Shakespearian play, but as this one was such a hage success it is to be hoped that it will not be the last.

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