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ALTON WEEKLY TELEGRAPH, ' < THURSDAY, 13150. 6, 1888, , A fllUKCAL TRIUMPH. - The Alton Opera Company appeared Tuesday eVe In tho beautiful musical ex- traVagatisM, the .Pirates of Penzanco, and scored dttother decided triumph. A "fine, large, cultured audience were present and gave tokens of approval by frequent bursts of applause. The cast was as follows: ''• Pirate King, E. G. Sohweppo: Sam* tioi, (Ills Lieutenant), F. L. Taylor; Fredrick, (pirate apprentice), F. II. RabO; Major General Stanley, (of the British army), fi, C. Smith; Edward, • (Sergeant o^polico) Louis Betz; Mabel, (Gen. Stanley's youngest daughter), Miss JofSie P. Topping; Kate, Edith, Isabelj (General Stanley's daughters), Misses Helen ,M. Tapping, Julia Elble, Grace dayford; Ruth, (Pinitical maid of all work) Mrs. O. B. Stelle. Chorus by Gen. Stanley's daughters, Misses Annie Lake, Annie Harris, Ida Yager, Emma Floss, Lucy Coville, Emma Gray, Grace Rtelle, Mamie Lampert, Lizzieibh, Bertha Lamport, Lisa .Bird, Nora Hager, Louisa Gray. Pirates and Police: Chas. Levis, , Lonia Pates, Fred Hmffert, Fred Pates, Walter, Locke, Levi Yager, Erastus Topping and Frank Burns; Wm. Gratian,- Paul Haagen, Hurry Levis, Emmet Melling, Fred Romicke, Rand Harri- son. The leading characters all distinguished themselves not only by the , excel' lence of.tbeir vooalisra, the solos being superbly rendered, , but by dramatic action such as to add greatly to the beauty .and effectiveness of the scenes, many »f 'Which were, exceptionally -bril* Jlant: Among the scenes particularly , 'noticeable was" that where Gen. Stan• ley's daughters first appear, "aTadiant ' '* lovely group, on tud shore of the ocean ; also where the same dainty company . ap3<gatherejd around their "conscience , stricken'.' father by night in the rained ' castle; the groupings by the ladies, the . Pirates, and the pabce and other oha- , aoters-^-all these were artistic and attrac- • tive and appealed to the consciousness . <>i$very lover Of the beautiful. ,Miss Jdssie P> Topping rendered the part of Mabel «with exquisite grace, tact and skill, her solos' being all that could be required, Mrs. 0. B. Stelle was a model ,r "Piratical Maid of all work" both musi- » cally 'and' dramatically; and Misses Helen 'Topping, Julia Elble and Grace i Hayford were perfect in their roles . - Mr. E. G. Schweppe made a Pirate King fierce enough looking to satisfy the most exacting while his solos were of a high order of vooalisrn. Mr. F. H. Kbbe, ••apprenticed to a Pirate," filled the requirements of a difficult role in a manner to please every one present, his flue voice adding greatly to the effect, both in solos and concerted pieces'. The "Paradox Trio" by the Piratical maid, the King and Fredric, proved, as usual, one of the gems of the opera; the "Policemen's Chorus" was encored; Mr. E. C. Smith' was a 'pattern t«r a modern musical Maj.-Genorftl; the Sergeant of Police was simply immense; "Samuel" distinguished himself — in Short all -were excellent. The choruses wecejnagpitioont, the voices being nne- ly^ttuue^d, well trained, and combining in almos't perfect time, making- floods of harmony that tilled the hafy. Great credit in due to Miss Ndjiw Laird, the pianist, tor her valuable assistance, also' to Mr. B. H. Wortmann, m^sjoal director and violinist, who seemed " to have the singers under perfect control. The performance was such HS to give renewed evidence that Alton has talent sufficient to give a tine performance at any time of the finest light works of the best musicians and dramatists, if the public appreciation will continue to justify the performers in going to the necessary trouble and expense. of of •f the to danger •f •f

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  1. Alton Telegraph,
  2. 06 Dec 1883, Thu,
  3. Page 6

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