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Merthyr Education Authority.

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".6.n Inspector for an Hour."

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".6.n Inspector for an Hour." PERFORMANCE BY PENYWERN BAND OF HOPE. On Thursday evening week, the children and workers of Penywern Band of Hope Choir, Dowlais, gave their annual entertainment, which this year took the form of an operetta, en- titled, "An Inspector for an Hour" (by Frank Booth and W. H. Stansfield). The various characters were admirably impersonated by the following:—"Inspector, Mr. Ed. J. Jenkins; "Servant," Mr. T. Rosser; "Mistress," Miss M. J. Davies; "x\ttcndarice Officer," Mr. John Thomas; "Schoolboy," Master Benjamin Wil- liams. The conductor was Mr. T. P. Jones, who had laboured assiduously to train the children to the high pitch of excellence which they exhibited. Mr. John Williams acted as general director and supervisor of the arrange- ments. The children appeared at their best., and conducted themselves splendidly, as befit- ted them on examination day. The proceedings commenced with their ren- dering of the chorus, "Hark! there's the school- bell ringing." Then enters the inspector's ser vant (his master having lost the train), carrying his master's portmanteau and luggage. He i; struck with a bright idea; be would don the in- spector's apparel and introduce himself to the mistress of the school as the inspector. He sings a olo, "I really can't say." When the school mistress calls the register, she finds Johnny Jones, as usual, absent. The attend- ance oifficer then enters, and discusses with the mistress the problem of non-attendance, and with a humorous solo unfolds a really marvel- lous plan a6 a certain solution. After the solo, "This Enterprising Scheme," with chorus taken up by the children, the officer is told off to bring Johnny Jones to school. The servant, posing as the inspector, enters, engages in a dialogue with the mistress, while the children sing a chorus of welcome to the inspector. "Good day to you, sir." The attendance officer returns accompanied by Johnny Jones, struggling and weeping aloud. The inspector listens very offi- ciously to the lad's tale of excuses rendered in a solo, "As a babe, sir," and to the annoyance of the mistress, claps Johnny Jones's back. and pronounces him a capital lad, and sends him to his place. The inspector is now entertained to a varied programme of exercise and dramatic items, such as dumb-bell drill by very small children a representation of the dentist's den, very well acted bv a number of the larger boys dumb-bell drill by girls a little older than the fir-t company a burlesque representation of tho methods and arguments of the militant suffrag- ettes garland exercise drill, making a very effective display by bigger girls. The bogus in- spector voiced the opinion of the whole audience when he pronounced all the items excellent. and that they reflected credit upon the mistres?. Miss Davies, at much sacrifice of time and energy, had personally trained the children in all these item; except in the second item, for which credit is clue to the conductor (Mr. Tom Phillip Jones). The inspector now proceeds to give the children a number of questions, the nature of which causes the mistress to regard him as a very singular inspector indeed. A number of dunces then enter, and eing "The Dunces' Chorus." The inspector calls for the children's copy-books, amongst which by some means ths mistress's housekeeping book ap- pears to have got mixed, and the inspector reads several striking items out of this before the in- censed mistress is able to scop him and to ex- plain. While the servant-inspector is away looking up the infants' department, the mistress sings a solo, reviewing her experience with var- ious inspectors, the impression created by this last one being the strangest of them all. At this point, the actual inspector appears and pre- sents himself to the mistress, who, taking him to be some traveller trying to playa. practical joke upon her, she orders him to be gone with his stupid joking, tho servant walking in at the moment from the infants' school, He is point- ed out by the mistress as the inspector who has just completed the examination. The sight of his servant dressed in his clotnes and taking such daring liberties, angers the great and dig- nified H.M.I.S. almost beyond control, and the servant is unceremoniously seized and com- manded to explain himself, to the consternation of the mistresA. The inspector insists on a fur- ther examination, but the mistress demurs, and great play is made of tha attitude of the Edu- cation Department were these things by any means brought to their notice. So a policy of silence is agreed upon by the inspector, servant, and mistress, expressed in song in a trio, "Mum's the word for you and me." The final chorus by the children. "Our task is done," was very effectively rendered, and a most enjoy- able entertainment was brought to a close, hav- ing passed off without a hitch, and turned out a success in every way. Special mention should be made of the stage decoration, carried out with his usual good taste by Mr. John Davies, painter, Alma-street.

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