It looks like this Irish show was full of great entertainment. Not only is this a review but it also tells that another show would be performed so people could possibly attend. If you couldn’t make it to the show then maybe you might want to go roller skating.
THE CATHOLIC JOURNAL
Friday, May 5, 1916
Irish Minstrels Please
Performance to be Repeated at Cathedral Hall.
The tenth annual show of the great Irish Minstrels was presented at Cathedral Hall on Monday, and Wednesday evenings before capacity houses. The minstrels were far more elaborate than the stage offerings usually attempted by amateurs, in costume, settings and scope. The show proper was preceded by an olio of eight numbers, which gave gave the school children an opportunity for some excellent folk songs and dances.
The prologue opened with a chorus and an incidental solo by Donald J. York. An Irish “lilt,” by the girls of the school followed, and Harold B. Turpin sang tenor songs pleasingly.
Considerable amusement was afforded by an Iris jig by John McMahon, Patrick O’Hara and John Howe. Miss Amy LaVigne showed skill as an elocutionist in a recital of “Drimin Donn Dihs” by Thomas Walsh, a soliloquy of the famine. then there was another “lilt” by the boys of the school. Harold Biock sang a soprano solo.
The minstrel show was different from the usual thing, for one of its characteristics was an absence of burnt cork. All costumes and make-ups were of and from the Emerald Isle. The end men, Leo Hogan, Edward Feinin, Edward Sweeney and Charles Hawken, were in green coats and white knickerbockers, stockings and hats. The chorus members wore the long cloaks, ruffles and “pot” hats of Irish gentlemen. Daniel T. Roach, interlocutor, framed his deep voice in a black silk costume and white wig.
Solos, all strictly Irish were sung by the end men and by Ray J. Golding, William Doyle, Chas. J. Sullivan, John Curran and Lawrence Weber. Miss May Frawley won a warm place in the hearts of her hearers with two contralto ballads, “The Pretty Maid Milking Her Cow” and “My Wild Irish Rose.” The last number of the closing chorus medley was “America, I Love You.” with the singers in military formation, presumably to illustrate the idea of preparedness.
As the orchestra struck up “When First I Saw Sweet Peggy,” at one point in the performance, a genuine Irish jaunting cart, drawn by men and occupied by Miss Frawley, added to the picturesqueness of the setting. the car, one of the few in the country, was brought here about three years ago by Michael Miller, who lent it for the minstrels.
The performance will be repeated next Monday night, May 8th. Reserved seats can be had at Gibbons & Stone’s, 172 Main St. east, Saturday and Monday from 2 to 6 p.m.