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MINSTRELSY AT THE ROYAL HALL, LEDBURY. I Local 11 Sunf lrwors 11 Performances. On Monday uig], t, at the Royal Hall, Led- bury, the first of a series of three performances was given by the "Sunflower" Minstrels, a local troupe of amr. ".mrs, with the object of raising a fund for prir. s for the students at the Ledbury Evening Schools. The troupe was organised by Mr H B Whyld, who officiated as hon. secretary, with Mr F A Hobro as musical director. The troupe had been practising for some months in preparation for the event, and had got together an excellent programme, which, though rather lengthy on the first night, proved very enjoyable and varied, including one or two items which were quite a novelty for a local programme. When the curtain went up on Monday night the members of the troupe were revealed in their positions hiding their faces behind copies of the front page of the Reporter. Prior to this the orchestra had given the audience a taste of their powers in the overture "The Teddy Bear's Picnic." The opening chorus by the troupe was The Fresh'niug Breeze," in which was shown that whatever else happened the audience were certain of hearing some good chorus singing, and this was a striking feature throughout the whole of the first part of the programme. Ted Reed, surely one of the most versatile of our local amateurs, was responsible for the comic song, "There's no place like London," which was given with verve and vigour. D 0 Evans contributed the ever popular, "I'll take you home, Kathleen," in which he received splendid assistance from the chorus, and Tommy Lane, one of the best of our local comedians, had a topical song "That Happy Land," in which such local subjects as the proposed swimming bath, gas and electric light were smartly worked in, and the vocalist received a good round of applause for his effort. "Red Wing," another popular song, was well rendered by W J Teague, and again the chorus put in some good work. Reg Paul gave a comic number When I got up this morning," which proved very acceptable, but the best number of the first half we thought to be My heart is with you to-night," by R J Carless, who proved in fine voice. The chorus was a bit snatchy in this number for a wonder, but soon picked up, and there was an unmis- takable encore. Victor Gabb also received a re- call for the rag-time song On the Mississipi," as also did G Palmer for the character song "The girls all dote on a military man." Harry Barnard's comic song Tow the row row" was a rollicking number which went well, and the finale was a plantation scene, "Good-night," in which the solo was taken by Amyere A Stubbs, who is the possessor of a very pleasing tenor voice. The jokes were too long, and were more in the nature of dialogues, which had the effect of dragging out the first half too long. Excellent work was done by the tambos and bones, and H B Whyld was a smart interlocutor. The orchestra did splendid work, and the chorus has already been referred to. Part II opened with a selection by the orchestra Smiles, then Kisses," which was followed by a sketch in which H B Whyld, E W Reed and Victor Gabb took part, E W Reed being very good in this and being well backed up by his two coadjutors. "Charcoal and Chatter," a series of lightning sketches entitled Life's Little Worries," by Harry Barnard, revealed this versatile member of the troupe in a new form of entertainment, and his sketches were exceedingly clever, and received the full measure of approbation from the audience. The closing number was a side-splitting farce, brought up-to-date, Wax-ination Gratis," in which eight members of the troupe appeared. Tommy Lane had the bulk of the work to do, and did it well, and received splendid support from the rest of the cast. The members of the troupe were as follows :— Interlocutor, H B Whyld bones, Tommy Lane, Reg Paul, Jack Bache tambos, Victor Gabb, Ted Reed, Harry Barnard chorus-trebles, Sidney Price, Albert Smart; alto, J H Floyd tenors, R G Carless, Amyere A Stubbs, and G Palmer bass, J W Teague and D 0 Evans. The orchestra was as follows :—Musical Director, F A Hobro (at the piano); first violin, R Summers second violins, H Alleyne, R Preece cornet, C W Jessett; 'cello, W Roberts flute, E J Allen double bass, H Down drums, L Harrington. The programme was as follows :— Part I. Overture, "The Teddy Bear's Picnic," the Orchestra. Opening chorus, "The Fresh'ning Breeze," the Troupe. Comic song, There's no place like London," Teddy Reed. Song, "I'll take you home, Kathleen," D 0 Evans. Comic song, "That Happy Land," Tommy Lane. Song, "Red Wing," W J Teague. Comic song, When I got up this morning," Reg Paul. Song, "My heart is with you to-night," R J Carless. Comic song, On the Mississippi," Victor Gabb. Character song, "The girls all dote on a Military Man," G Palmer. Comic song, Tow the row row," Harry Barnard Finale, Plantation Scene Good-Night," Solo by Amyere A Stubbs. Part II. Selection, "Smiles, then Kisses," The Orchestra. Sketch, "Indeed to Goodness!" (A Welsh railway station scene). Characters :—Porter, Joyd Large, Reddy Teed Welshman, Malwyn Llewellyn, Warry Hyhld; Lady Llanvihangel, Miss Victoria. Charcoal and Chatter," a series of lightning sketches entitled Life's Little Worries," given by Barry Harnard. Side-splitting sketch, brought up-to-date, entitled" Wax-ination Gratis." Characters:— Signor Frangipani (proprietor of waxworks), "Here's a pretty go," E W Reed; Bob (his assistant, who knows a thing or three), T Lane Deaf Joe (who saw it outside), R Paul Long Jim (" That's my hat"), R J Carless Mr Hannibal Washington (very fond of wax), H B Whyld Mr Greenacre Greeneye (the green- eyed monster's victim-" Ha ha "), J Bache Mrs Greeneye (his wife-" such a nice little thing "), V Gabb; Bullseye (the Cute Tec., How shall I nab my man "), J W Teague. TUESDAY'S PERFORMANCE. I The hall was packed on Tuesday night with a most appreciative audiebce, and the whole per- formance went with a swing from beginning to end. The programme, or, shall we say, the jokes,, had been judiciously cut,and new jokes of a short, crisp character introduced which made the first half much more attractive. The troupe gave of their best and received cordial approba- tion from their audience. The second half, too, went much better, the sketch Indeed to Good- ness," and Charcoal and Chatter" being undoubtedly the hits of the evening. Altogether the show went well, and was far in advance of Monday's, which, after all, was more in the nature of a dress rehearsal. WEDNESDAY'S PERFORMANCE. I The final performance was given to a large attendance on Wednesday evening. Those who have had the pleasure of witnessing the enter- tainment will agree that the producer and artistes are worthy of every compliment for the very able manner in which the show has been presented to the public. The opening chorus The Freshning Breeze," was delightfully rendered by the troupe. The comedy part of the programme was most capably sustained by the bones and tambos, who contributed some very humorous songs. J W Teague and Amyere A Stubbs Bang two pretty numbers, Red- wing" and "Good-night" respectively in a well-balanced manner. Mr H B Whyld's part as interlocutor was also ably executed. Harry Barnard's series of lightning sketches were given with full eclat. The two sketches, "Indeed to Goodness" and "Wax-ination Gratis, were provocative of much mirth. The orchestra, under the control of the musical director, acquitted themselves admirably. A hearty reception was accorded the artistes as the curtain was rung down. Generally speaking the performance hardly reached the high standard of Tuesday. It should be mentioned that all the practices have been held in the New Inn Hotel Assembly Room, by kind permission of Mr E W Palmer.

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