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The Children's Kirmess

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Parent Issue
Day
28
Month
April
Year
1891
Copyright
Public Domain
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The Children's Kirmess last Friday and Saturday evenings was a great success. No more enjoyable entertainment has been given in the Opera House this year, and a great deal of credit is due Prof. Ross Granger for the successful entertainments, which proved him a master of the art of instruction in dancing. The little people who took part in the entertainment were very graceful and winning. They must have been apt pupils, for they were proficient dancers. The programme of Friday evening was repeated Saturday evening, so that a description of the latter even ing may well answer for both. The entertainment opened with the grand march, followed by a waltz gavotte, all the children participating. Each couple carried decorated hoops and the march was led by Roger Morris, dressed as a court jester. This was followed, after a very pleasing song by Miss Gregg, by a pretty May-pole dance, in which Sarah Hardy was the queen of May. The dance was prettily executed. Roger Morris represented the court jester, and the peasants were Hardy Woodruff, Dottie Jones, Harry de Pont, Bessie Kinna, Ross Spence, Clara Bayright, Torn Kinna, Bessie Stafford, Clarence Vaughan, Martha Hurd, Phil Hall, Louise Hennequin, Travers McGilvary, Clara Jacobs, Walter Vaughan, Pauline Hayes, Willie Jackson, Luella Moore. The Maypole had various colored ribbons whitfh were wound and unwound by fhe merry dancers. It was a pretty conceit and was greeted with applause. Sarah Hardy, in a beautiful gauze dress with brilliant ornaments, gave a tambourine dance, with much selfpossession, and brought down the house, receiving a boquet, for which she bowed her thanks in a manner which would have done credit to a professional. The Gaity Schotische was danced y a dozen couples who kept perfect step. Then came the Cachucha, or Spanish dance, by Florence Green, Gertrude Chute, Flossie Spence, Grace Moore, and Carlotte Medaris. This celebrated dance was well done 3y the young giris. The various colored calcium lights on the tinted costumes, over which were black iace, added a pleasing effect to the pretty dancing. The dancers were recalled by an encoré. This was followed by the May Queen Quadrille, accurateLy executed. The next dance brought down the house. It was named the comic Dutch dance, in which Luella and Bradley Granger appeared in regular Dutch costume with large wooden shoes. Although very small, the little dancers kept perfect time and brought down their heavy wooden clogs and shook their hands at each other in a manner which kept the house in an uproar of laughter. Le Bon Ton was well danced, and Miss Gregg sang "How Grandma Danced the Minuet" with a very sweet, attractive and correct voice. Then came the stately and graceful minuet, well danced by Misses Martha Clark, Mary Peckham, Janett Kinna, Jessie Mack and Nellie Bucknell, and Fred A. Leas, Ornar Hall, John Parker, Frank Condón and Charles Jacobs. J. E. Harkins sang "My Little Irish Home," and, of course, brought down the house, and had to respond tq two encores, each time with Germán dialect songs. The audience evidently wanted him for the fourth song. Mr. Harkins' songs equal Scanlan's and invariably please. The Kate Greenaway dance by Bessie Kinna and Lillian Keating deservedly brought a recall. They were dressed in light blue and light yellow tints, were very graceful and pretty. . Then came a decidedly animated Berlin polka. After which Ethel Morris danced very prettily the number called Dancing Shadow. Of course she was recalled. Her dancing was the poetry of motion. Th Sailor's Hornpipe is always popnlar. Never was it more deservedly so than Saturday night when it was given by Frank Condón, Omar Hall, Willie Jackson, Fred A. Leas, Roger Morris, Harry de Pont, Travers McGilvray, Torn Kinna, Walter Vaughan, Clarence Vaughan, Ross Spence and Phil Hall. Of course, the handsome sailor laddies were recalled. The U. .of M. Waltz introduced two pretty figures of the Germán and was prettily danced. Then the house was again brought down by the comical Irish tilt by Flossie Spence and Hardy Woodruff in costume. The lively Irish jig was well danced. The couple were all motion. They entered into the spirit of the,thing and were recalled by a particularly loud encoré. The closing number was the Lanciers and La Russian and was well given. The young people who took part in the programme all did exceedingly well. They .gave the audience more than their]money,s worth and those who were not present on either night missed the best entertainment of the season.