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PAGE EIGHT FAIRBANKS, ALASKA; WEDNESDAY,-OCTOBER 28, 1931. MINSTRELS IN SMASHING HIT; TO SHOW AGAIN JOYOUS PROGRAM PROVIDES ENTERTAINMENT AT EMPRESS EMPRESS — LASTS FOR AND A HALF HOURS TWO In two and a half solid hours of fun making, Sit Minstrels last night demonstrated what an amateur show should be like. With an ever changing program they entertained an audience' numbering numbering around 600 persons. To Ray Southard, in charge of the show, and Mrs. Southard, wh-3 directed the dancing: numbers, goes credit for putting on a show whose equal has not been seen for a, long while. It was entertainment de luxe from the time the curtain rose at 8:25 until it finally rang down at 11 o'clock. The minstrel show proper was a sure-firE success, it featured old- time songs and gags, both those, with local implications and otherwise. In the former fun was had with a number number of local celebrities and many more were squirming in their seats waiting for the axe to fall. Thomas B. Drayton made a very competent interlocutor and he fed questions to his end. men in a manner manner calculated to bring the best effect. • . The end men were Tom Lannore, ! Frank Young, Rdden Davis, Bill Root, Ralph Norris and Harry. Karstens, with Tom and Bill pulling pulling off most of the gags. In the 1 chorus were V. F. Jacob, Jerry Norris, M. A. Tenney. Cul- j lay in building the iiew courthouse. lit was a hit. • I len , Witner, Sig Bredlie, James Harry Moore, William Stapleton, Avakoff and Gene Miller. Soloists were Jim Hutchison, Ben Green, William Sheriff and Oscar Bredlie. Old and -new songs were sung by 1 Roden Davis, Ralph Norris, William William Sheriff, Tom Lannore and Jim. Hutchison, Tom's "Am I Right? or am I Wrong?" having to do with Alaska Railroad rates, absence of street lights in Fairbanks and de- Mr. Davis sang, "Hyars Yo' Hat, What's Yo' Hurry," Ralph Norris a parody on the -'Shade of the Old Apple Tree," William Sheriff "Girl of My Dreams" and-Jim Hutchison "Waiting for Ships That Never Come m." . "Unconsciously" was sung by Harry Harry Karstens. Outstanding was the singing of "Old Black Joe," by Ben Green, who .came on the stage appearing appearing aged and failing. His voice and his acting evoked tumultous applause. applause. Billy Boot sang "The Moon Shines on the Moonshine" and Oscar Bredlie Bredlie made a hit singing, "Where Is the Song of Songs For Me." Frank Young rendered "I Got Mine, I Got Mine," and the Minstrel show ended with the chorus singing 'Hyar Goes De Minstrel Band." "Uncle Jeff's Birthday" opened the Olio, or second part. It was a light and enjoyable sketch with a lot of humor. Ray Southard was Uncle Jeff and Mrs. Southard took the part of the daughter of the plantation owner. Others in the skit were Josephine Raats, Prank Young and the juvenile dancers, Air Pilots with Department of Oldest Air Alaskan

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  1. Fairbanks Daily News-Miner,
  2. 28 Oct 1931, Wed,
  3. Page 8

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