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"The Beggar's Petition."

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"The Beggar's Petition." SUCCESSFUL PERFORMANCES AT PONTLOTTYN. All who visited St. Tyfaelog Schoolroom on Wednesday and Thursday evenings were fortu- nate in witnessing the performance of a drama which would do credit, not only to amateur performers, but to professionals. The school- room was well filled on both evenings, and the attendance and applause were very encouraging to the members of the St. Tyfaelog Dramatic Society The drama was entitled "The Beg- gar's Petition," or "A Mother's Love and a Mother's Care," in three acte, by George Dib- bin Pitt. The various characters were well portrayed and represented by the members in a manner which proved beyond doubt that much time and labour had been expended to ensure success. Mr. David Hughes "Rob- ert Brightwell, the Beggar"—who directed the performance, was an ideal old man, whose ap- peals for assistance were almost heartrending, whilst the part of Miss Ada Greening—"Matilda Brightwell, the Beggar's Wife"—could not have been better filled. The "Squire Grand- ley, Magistrate," and "Alderman Fairfield, Attorney," were characters entrusted tc Mr. L. Herbert, who meted justice, despite the bold demands of "Sir Edgar, his son," who was well impersonated by Mr. W. Davies. Burglars there were, and one would naturally shudder at the thought of meeting "Dick Darkley, who was represented by Mr. H Greatrex in a "true to nature" style. "Phil Bolter,' his ao- complice," in the person of Mr. D. Jones, com- pleted the pair of nocturnal and unexpected visitors. Mr T Robinson characterised Jem- mv Dirks, a Hopeful Youth," and Mr. T. Summers made himself generally useful as "Humphrey Bacon, the Clerk." The Law- ver Pettifold" proved to be Mr. J. Greening, -nd "Charlie Brace, the Naval Officer," whose part Mr W. J. Raymond filled, were conspicu- ous throughout. Messrs. J. P. Evans and E. Minhinnick were "Jolly Jack Tars," with the flnDropriate names, "Dan Halyard" and Bil- gwiggins." "Farmer Cornelli" (Mr. D. A. Phillips) and the "Grandson, Arthur Grandley" /Mr James Morgan) showed complete mastery of their role. The "Police Officer," Mr. Mark Fvans," had enough to do more especially Jhpn "Robert Brightwell, the poor old beg- „ar nearly strangled "Sir Edgar" in the rt->u'rt house scene. Miss M. Reed — "Jane Pri-rhtwell, the daughter of the Beggar and his had a difficult task, but right well were her talents displayed. Miss Lizzie Evans, "Pollie Marie," assisted the old folk whenever „ _nnortunity presented itself. Miss Mary J- Fvanfas "L^dy Carmine"; Miss P. Phillips, as "Mrs. Massey and Miss M. A. Jones, as "Zeta-, the Gipsy," completed the company, hich played in a manner worth witnessing. The stage managers were Messrs. C. Morris and J Davies. Everything went off without a hitch. The musical portion was conducted by Mr H- E. Hill, the following being members of the orchestra:—Violins, Messrs. H. E. Hill, T James, T. Jenkins, and D. Campbell; clar- onet Mr. T. Hughes; flute, Mr. G. Jones; and Mrs.' L. Herbert presided at the piano. The president on both evenings was the Rev. T. b<^a vicar, the secretarial duties being dis- fffjed by Mr. H. E. Hill. ;i,

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