Grace Burgdorf

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Grace Burgdorf - Those who assembled at the opera house Friday...
Those who assembled at the opera house Friday evening, Sept. 4th, to Ayit^ ness the play, The Marble Heart as pre- :Bentod by Prof, Richie's elocution class, assisted by Mr. Chas. Montgomery, wero treated to souio surprises and by far the best amateur entertainment ever given in this city. The play is One requiring extremely fine acting to keep it above the rediculous, but Mr. Richie made a happy choice in selecting Mr. Montgomery to assist him, and in assigning to Miss Grace Burgdorf the part of leading lady. Those who know Mr. Mongom- ery'a reputation or had before seen him on tbo stage, expected something good from him and they were not dissapointed, iu fact wero given some new phases of his talent. Mr. Montgomery is peculiarly adapted to comic parts, but his role as Ferdinand Volago gave scope for much that bordered on the tragic—beginning as it did in the comic it grew iuto the serio-comic and from that into the tragic. Each situation was fully arid finely carried out by Mr. Montgomery, who made several worthy efforts, and was loudls r applauded. He was especially good when as the Voice of Reason he gave advice to his friend Raphael, and as Public Opinion he voiced his final denunciation of that friend's folly. In these situations he was at his best and showed his really great talent. But the surprise of the evening was the superb acting of Miss Burgdorf as Marco the Parisian coquette. Those who did not see the play can never from any description realize how fine was Miss Burgdorf's impersonation of this character. To those who know Miss Grace it will seem almost incredible a young lady of so modest, quiet and retiring a. disposition, could so sink own identity iu the character of Marco, the gay marble hearted coquette of Paris, but this she did and great was the surprise at her perfect stage presence fine dramatic representation. The scene in her own drawing room, her interview with Raphael, aud her reverie, could have been more perfect even in smallest detail. Iu her petulant ufcrvoualy indifferent picking at tossing aside of Raphael's boquet, ia plea to justify her refusal of her lover's hand, Miss Burgdorf held her audience so completely under her control they forgot she was a Marshall girl not the wretch she seemed. Miss Burgdorf possesses great talent and with perfect figure, natural grace, clear powerful voice, and perfect diction pronunciation, would;certainly advance rapidly in the profession should take to the stage. The people of Marshall had never seen Prof. Richie on boards before and were most thoroughly pleased and satisfied with the strong realistic manner in which be played Raphael the Sculptor. Several difficult dramatic and tragic situations gave Mr. Richie a chance to show aptitude and talent for the stage. seems test fitted for tragic roles, but are not alone iu the opinion that great natural talent of the man Is somewhat over shadowed by his too Delsarte. Of the remainder of the cast we can but say each, took or her par$ In an entirely satisfactory manner and aided greatly by fine support in making the acting of Miss dorr and Messrs, Richie and Montgomery more effective. The audience largp *n4 appreciative and Uw a,bove expenses amounted to nearly

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  1. The Marshall Statesman,
  2. 11 Sep 1891, Fri,
  3. Page 13

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