“AUNT LUCIA” WENT OVER BIG IN CRANBROOK – Played To Good House At Each Performance – Drama and Features Showed What Cranbrook Talent Can Do When It Rises To Occasion
Someone has said that “A little nonsense now and then is relished by the best of men.” This seems to hold true in the production of “Aunt Lucia.” played here on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings of last week, with a matinee for the children Wednesday evening. It was not a heavy drama by any means but it evoked plenty of fun, and each performance went over well. Saturday night the Auditorium was taxed to its full seating capacity.
The show opened with a baby pageant with dramatic readings by Mrs J. Norgrove. An interesting scene was unfolded when the curtain rose on the stage filled with little children grouped as if ready for slumberland. It was a pretty scene, and Mrs. Norgrove fitted into the picture admirably.
In the play proper George Macdonald took the role of Jerry Watson as “Aunt Lucia,” and unstinted praise was given him for his perfect handling of a very difficult part, and to the fact that he did not overdo it, which in less capable hands might have been the result. Others in the cast were Bill Taylor, as George, a college student; Lorne Watson, as Dick, a football star; Beulah Hill, as Molly, Dick’s girl; Louise Robertson, as Betsy, George’s girl; Gracie McNeil as Ethelyn, Jerry’s girl; Mrs. P.W. Willis, as Dean Howard; A.C. Shankland, as Professor Gaddis; Dr. Fergie, as Dr. Seamore; Mrs. G.F. Marsh, as Mrs. Seamore; Bert Sang, as Mr. Butter and Egg; T. Godfrey, as Mr. Collins; Dr. Mittun, as first freshman; Tommy Moore, as second freshman; Don Burton, as glee club president; Jack Atchison, as fraternity president; Ian Cameron, as cheer leader; Gordon Hanna, as college sheik. All took their parts well and each deserves a paragraph, but lack of space forbids. Mrs. Willis and Art Shankland both gave evidence of outstanding histrionic ability. The play was a scream from start to finish. The plot is set around a case of mistaken identity and offers a vehicle for many amusing saituations.
The choruses were bright and snappy. The girls taking part were: Pearl Sang, Evelyn Ward, Celina Dixon, Kathleen Haley, Bessie Johnson, Lois Dixon, Enid Shankland, Oeggy Johnston, Harriet Home.
Men’s chorus: Jack McLaren, Al McBroom, Don Burton, Don Bentley, Dr. Fergie, Doug. Gray, Eddie Taylor, Ian Cameron, Joe Little.
Flappers Make Hit
The college flappers made an instantaneous hit. All are accustomed to seeing Doc. Miles, Charlie Little, Bill Harris and the others saunter along Baker street. But dress these same men in rich evening gowns, with high heeled shoes and silk hosiery and you have a transformation scene that is bewildering even to their closest friends. Those taking part were: C.J. Little, as sorority president; Bill Harris, as Peaches Browning; Dr. Miles, as Gloria Swanson; Sully Sullivan, as gold digger; Dutch Harris, as conceited junior; Doug. Gray, as Powerful Katrinka; Eddie Taylor, as Clara Bow; Bill Willis, as “Maggie”; Gordon Hanna, as Matilda Jane; Charlie Thomas, as Rio Rita; and Tommy Moore as Ruth Chatterton. Introduced by Doc. Mittun, the college freshman with the Swedish dialect, the flappers strutted their stuff across the stage, and Doc. Miles was presented with a bouquet in the form of a nice head of cauliflower.
Specialty dancing was done by Alan DeWolf and his daughter Gladys, and Suzanne Staples, all three receiving rounds of applause.
In the milkmaids’ chorus were: Hazel Bowley, Evelyn Bowley, Sylvia Baker, Pauline Bowness, Grace Baker, Madeline Woodman, Tiny Rutledge, Lois Graham, Audrey Collier, Edna Collier.
Orchestra Deserves Credit
Due credit must be given to the members of the local orchestra who devoted their time and their talents to the affair. This was composed of Vic. Edwards, piano; Roy Linnell, first violin; A.E. Turner, second violin; Miss Wanda Fink, cello; D.A. Kay, slide trombone; Walter Ingles, drums.
At the conclusion of Saturday night’s performance, and just before the drop of the curtain, Miss Jean Hollingsworth, who directed the play, was introduced to the house and received a hearty round of applause from the cast, with which she had worked, and from the audience for the results of her untiring efforts.
From a financial point the play was a success. The net receipts amounted to $454.00, of which one-half, or $227.00, goes to the local Gyro Club.