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I ST. PAUL'S DRAMATIC SOCIETY. If any proof were required as to the popularity of the Sit. Paul's Dramatic Society, it was forthcoming on Wednesday and Thursday last, by the crowded atten- dances at each evening's performance, when they produced H. J. Byron's original comedy in two acts, "The Old Story," and S. T'heyre Smith's comedietta, "Which is Which." The St. Paul's Dramatic! Society have on several occasions given us many proofs of their capaiblibtles, but their two- latest productions will rank amongst one of, if not the best performance they have ever given. "The Old Story" we have seen them pro- duce previously, but not by the same caste, and at one time it looked as if this production would have to be abandoned owing to the senious illness of Mr M. Barnett; fortunately they have in their ranks capable members able and willing to take up almost any part at, a few hours' notice, and Mr C. Greenhalgh at the last hour took up and pourtrayed with distinct success, the part of P. N. Jones,, the Poet, in "The Old Story," and Mr J. Winter at even shorter notice took the part of Mr Gargle in "Which is Which." At the outset an apology was made from the stage for these two gentlemen, but from the delineations of their respective parts which followed there was no neces- sity, except as an act of justice. We con- slide,r it would have been well-nigh impos- sible for either of them to have improved upon the roles they enacted. Having previously noticed the production of "The Old Story" by this company of amateurs, we shall content ourselves by saying, it was a distinctly improved per- formance. There were no stage waits, each one being part perfect, and whilst the new comers, some of them appearing for the first time before the footlights, were a little self-conscious at, the outset, they acted towards the latter part of the play most, naturally, and would no doubt on Thursday evening be even more at home. From the appended caste it will be seen that, the leading members of St. Paul's Dramatic) Society retained their parts. Their popularity was, shown by the outburst of applause with which the audience greeted their every entrance on and departure from the stage. Waverley Brown (Bachelor), Mr J. Winter; Thompson (from town), Dr. Loekhart Mure; Captain Kootoo (un- attched), Mr Joseph Forrester; P. N. Jones (Poet), Mr 01. Greenhalgh; Wilkin- son (servant), Mr J. Mcintosh; Mrs Minerva Deadset. (Widow), Miss Carrie; Miss Snipeley (Sipinster), Miss D. Wood- cock; Miss Crichett (Spinter), Mrs J. Smethurst; Lucy Brown, Miss King; Fritters (her maid), Miss Smethurst. There was a somewhat, lengthy wait be- twen the two performances, but, this is to be explained by the fact that each in- dividual player had, as will be seen from the caste, taken part in the previous pro- duction, and therefore the delay was un- avoidable. "Which is Which" is a production of more recent date, and the dialogue is full of clever writing. M'r Joseph Forrester was given an opportunity to shine, and his pourtrayal of Robert Capper, an artist much in debt-, was quite, one of the best pieces of acting thtis company has pro- duced. Miss Currie, as Mrs Mills, Capper's servant., wa,s excellent, and proved how versaltile are her capabilities as an actress. Dr. Lockhart Mure as Paddles, an oil and colour man, who worries Robert Capper for long: over due account, was another very clever piece of actings and we doubt if the "Dr." has ever given us anything so life like. Miss D. Woodcock as Annie, the heroine, and Mrs J. Smethurst, as Bertha, her friend, both looked and acted their parts admirably. Mr Winter as Mr Gargle, guardian to Annie, and uncle to Robt. Capper, was another part taken at a few' hours' notice, and Mr Winter proved his value to the company by thoroughly sustaining a by no means easy pourtrayal. The tout ensemble was in our opinion one of the smartest little plays the St. Paul's Dramatic Society have given, and give us promise of still better to come. This is undoubtedly due to the fact that their leads are placed in tried and trusted hands, and by continually acting to- gether they must of necessity become more and more perfect in their already highly enjoyable and much appreciated produc- tions.

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