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The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 8

Mason City, Iowa
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Wednesday, March 18, 1931
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i I MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE SCHOOL ARTISTS GIVE HERBERT'S COMIC OPERETTA 120 Musicians Present Oper etta Before Large ; Crowd. Compelling music In Victor Her ber's operetta, "The . Fortune Tell er," was ably interpreted by 12C Members of the glee clubs of Mason City high school and Junior collegt when they presented this produc tion Tuesday night in the high school auditorium. The musical qualities of the operetta were en hanced by well balanced harmony talented .soloists, clever -acting novel dances,.striking costumes an elaborate scenery. All of the artists came in for a Jarge share of applause, ^ which WBS . heaped on them by a large audience. Several of the numbsrs were outstanding in the performance. . Miss Ellen Smith directed the performance, the choristers j-.nd soloists following her -'carefully thru the many themes 'and passages, some of'which were unusually intricate. The mote difficult numbers on the program were the ones which were done especially well and accorded the most plaudits from the audience. Miss Marjorie Smith directed the orchestra and Miss Helen Platt dl rected the dances. Has Double Role Maxine Beerman in the double role of Musette, a gypsy fortune teller, and Irma, a pupil in the ballet school of the opera at Budapest, did outstanding work. Her voice, rich and sweet and exceptionally well developed, was capable of the many emotional technical, requirements which her role demanded Edwin Helbling as Sandor, a gypsy musician; · also came in for a major portion* of the'spotUgh't. His-voice, smooth and piercing in Its em otional qu ality,: was . cap · Me of t the romantic expressions of* a rvpsy singer. Several of his son^s were those which are well known to every music lover-and he gave them : an Interpretation which had new significance. 6 . Mr. Helbling, w.hb has been recognized for,-, his vocal attainments, displayed vigor of interpretation in his role which intensified the drama of his songs. .In a few Instances he stood at a disadvantage in his role because the melodies went lower th'an his normal ranee of voice. Choruses Well Trained -·* The choruses were well trained, the harmony always being true and f 9O^B k^'^draniaUciVpart,-: of "'the MABCH 18 I 1931 , A J --i musicians'-iad"devoted : mUon" time to preparing for the production' One scene in the first R-\t was particularly outstanding. T'lt's 1 was the chorus scene with so'- Tjarts sung by Miss Beerman.' }' Helbling, Kathleen Glass as VR«- 'ce and Catherine Curtis as Rafael. .The music was unusually Intricate but each, 'of the soloists made his 'individual, part clear. Miss Barman's Voice In a. coloratura obbligato solo passage, soared above the rest In an exceptionally effective manner. "Slumber on, My Gypsy Sweetheart," a widely .known melody provided a highlight in the second act. Mr. Helbling as a gypsy rover had the solo part of this lilting fascinating theme.: He was accompanied by a chorus backstage In an unusual rhythm. Later Miss Beerman from a window in the chateau offered an obbligatb part to his Bolo. · . , Olgo Moen was well cast In the role of Pompom, a prima donna, for her voice was sweet/clear and ring- Ing-. Her character Interpretation of flippant love was also well done. Buffoons Draw Hand Buffeted about by the buffoonery sf the three musketeers of Hungary, the dancing master, the gypsy father and Count Berezowski himself, kings a la bagettela for an evening, the operetta gained enough vital tolor and humor to make K a lively ind enjoyable production for the iverage seeker of entertainment. Boris, grisly old gypsy with b fondness for large v.'oras that meant nothing to him, was played ivith the dash of a,pretzel eater by Leslie Flppert, while his fellow tlown. C o u n t Berezowski, was played as a fellow with all the polish possible, except that which he Reeded, in a most amusing mannei by Paul Odlaug. Fresco, the dancing master, the third member o! the brigand band, played by Ker Leonard, was a composite of trlckf irom the opera house, which made iim enjoyable thruout the per? lormance. " ' . Tropical Trio Entertains · The tropical trio, entertainer? mch as one would expect in- the lamp of a band of soldiers of for- june, won the greatest applause of Ihe evening and completely cap lured the final and most'enjoyable let. John Wallace, Harry Green and ''rank Plersol were the melody men [hat made their audience like It and 1 isk for more. Others of the cast that did out(landing work were Raymond La Sasse, In the part of Captain Lad alas, Cecil Carstens as Sergearr Potemkin, Sherm Taylor as Gen. iral Korbay and Jess PIppert, tb feweler. Robert Pauley, Ralp « Hocser, Harold Rivedal and Pat foote had minor parts .but handle Ihelr roles well. Some clever wor; · pas also accomplished by the pupil r If the ballet school played by Jea !rfvell, Esther Storer and Belt' , lenneff. ' j Scenes Are Delightful ; Settings for the production were ! (esigned and constructed by thr j itudents In the art and manua)4 raining departments of the school I inder the direction of Mrs. Crabb i and Mr. Palmer, and carried out the carefree and picturesque landscapes of the old country. The garden of the chateau of Count Berezowski was ,the most outstanding of the three scenes. With an old Hungarian tower In the background, a 'gypsy below the chateau window lighted by a single spot and a dim stage, the setting was one of the outstanding of thr year's productions.- The other two scenes'depicted well the courtyard of.the.opera house and the camp of the Hungarian army near Budapest, i " ' The costumes, .designed and created by the pupils of Miss Hylanil and'Miss O'Leary, were outstanding features. The theater sextet .that played for the production was com- of William Rae, Earl Lane, ·Janies Stlnehart, Margaret Hanson, Miss M. Smith and Sterling Prusla. The high school orchestra played between acts. E. , Olsan, 74, of Forest City Dies Here ; E. G. Olson, 74, Forest City, died at a local hospital Wednesday mom- Ing. He had. been at the hospital since March 13. . Story of Ford Making Both Seen and Heard at Lions' Luncheon The story of the evolution of pig Iron into Ford automobiles was graphically presented to the Lions club at its Wednesday noon luncheon meeting, thru the medium of a talking picture. · Beginning with an air view of the Rouge plant of tha . company,. the picture moved Into a close-up view of the exterior of the great buildings and ended with a study of the many and varied processes In the turning out of automobiles. George Marolf of the Schukei Motor company, a member of the Lions club, was In charge of tha program. He announced a final showing of the five reels at the local plant Wednesday evening,' beginning at 7.-30 o'clock. Music for the program was supplied by Misa Elaine Collins, who furnished her own accompaniment on a banjo. Guests were L. L. Carpenter, Des Motnes, J. C. Stoddard, Clarenca Schukei and Howard A. O'Leary.; Elizabeth Myers returned Wed' nesday morning from New York where she attended a meeting of the council of the International hairdressers and cosmetologists ~"Sha also attended the New York Lady Hairdressers association convention which was held at the same time. H O U S E W O R K IS RELIEVED BY LABOR-SAVING AND METHODS Mason City Globe-Gazette's F R E E Doors WUl Open At BRING YOUR PENCIL AND NOTEBOOK School Lecture Will Start At 2 P. M., BRING YOUR PENCIL AND NOTEBOOK UNDER THE DIRECTION OF MRS. RUTH CAMPBELL AT HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday March 24, 25, 26, 27 GIFTS -- MKS. RUTH CAMPBELL GIFTS Inventive genius today is largely centered upon the development of efficient app^ces for rimplified housework. The cooking school lectures will deal with the most troublesome phases of kitchen practice by actual demonstra- .taon of equipments carefully selected for the purpose. A few well-chosen, modern devices, combined with short cuts in the preparation of foods, will greatly reduce the routine of cookery. Any woman attending the school and interested in making her home run more smoothly wiH enjoy these classes. . Ma FEDERAL AVE. .MASON CITY - IOWA SECOND FLOOR PALAIS ROYAL BUILDING 11 sens ought to deliver their stuff.-- I the north central [I Mlaeauolls-Trilmne. -- .- -_,_..,.,--,.l.Tnwi»..,T 1 «'!»"»"'- o»n 1 -w

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