Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(May 22, 1909)
William Morris gets Philadelphia house, p. 8
THE SHOW WORLD May22,q1 ACTOR'S WIG AFIRE; ANTOINETTE LE BRUN PANIC IS AVERTED HAS NARROW ESCAPE Austin Gillam, Leading Juvenile With Yankee Doodle Boy Causes Heavy Prop Falls to Stage During Act of Operatic Trio, But Soloist Excitement at Kansas City Theater. Calmly Continues Song. K IIs:I ( City. Al.. lay 1 4. Auttin (illant, leading juvenile of the Yanke Doodle toy Co., which played at the Gillisstheater here this week, had an unusual experience which he is not likely to forget in a hurry, and which came near being the meians of creating a fire panic in the houtsc. Gillam's hands had just been tied behind him by the villain and he was left alone on the stage. A candle was burning upon a table and as Gillam, supposed to be exhausted, fell across this table his wig caught fire from the candle. Yells of horror from the audience were the first warnings that Gillam had that anything had gone wrong, then he smelled smoke and a tage hand called that his wig was mire, 1le immeldiately tried to free his hands, blit failing in this, rushed into thewkings-wher apail ofw-oater quickly put the fire out. Meanwhile tile audience had be- come stirred: men and women got up frotmtheir seats andthescenenteeded hut tile cry of fire to turn the audi- toriumt into a geluine panic. The house ushers and special policemen rushed quickly down the aisles and soon had the patrons quieted. ilucl praise is due the attaches for their coolness. The show proceeded to the end and Gillam seemed none the worse for his Odd experience, exceptito. of course, the cost of a wito Norfolk, Va., May 11. Antoinette Le kruntt, a memllber of the Le 1run Operatic Trio, displayed rare presence of mind during a trying molment of her engagemllent at the Colonial theater, when, during the course of her act a heavy metallic ilotn box used] by Texas Gtinan in her Harvest Mooin song, fell froh the flies, and, striking Miss Le ]run's shoulder, glanced off and fell in pieces at her feet. Had it not been that she stepped forward during the course of her solo. just bhfre the box fell, site wttld utidouml1-le Illxe 1eetl killed. The orche-tal ased its a- coil panimeilt for the tnolent, all,, this made the accident mjore excitiio Aliss Le Brun, however, did lot cease her song, but Continued to the endI When the audience realizedwhat l ccttrred, it burst into tulmultuous ap- plause atnd Mis Lt ttrun was re- Warded for her e liisby repealte encores. liss LeBrttn afterwards remarkeid that it was the nearet point to deat that she had ever experienced, ai many of the audience agreed tlt i: was sutficiently dramatic to satii Thein.-S. R. II. CASE IS DISMISSED AGAINST BAND LEADER. Winitipcglan., May 17. 11011. T. layne Daly, police magi- trate, gave the closed Sunday agita- tors a severe blow in a court case, ini xwhiclt S. L. Barroxeclorugh, leader of tle Winnipeg City Bantdo,xvasChtarged with having violated the Lord's day observance act by giving Sunday evening concerts itt the Walker the- ater. The action of the court was looked forward to by a great number of people with extreme interest and the public sympathy is in favor of the concerts. The magistrate dismissed the case and in doing so, said: "I consider these concerts the most bene- ficial thing of the kind in the city, and will dismiss this action." It was pointed out that about $1,000 had been taken in through the collec- tion at the door of the theater.- AIATHER. Shuberts Include Omaha. Onala, Neb., May 14. The Shlberts have extended their chain of theaters to Omaia, havin signed up with Manager Johnsi itf the 10trxol vesteri11yto play iltl- eidielt attractiois lit titis tileat p, nlext year. Joihtnson has a thlree year lease ill the Burwood. His contract with the Shtuberts runs for one year. Omaha has not seen many of the independent stars for the reason that no theater, outside of the Burwood, was open to them, and the Burwood only on few occasions as a stock company has held the boards here for the past four or five years. This will leave Omaha without a stock company, except for the summer moiths wheti the Woodward stock from Kansas City comes here it th Boyel.-SMYT-. Shuberts Get Auditorium. Webster City, Iowa, Ala 1. The Sliuberts have rented the A ii torium in Des Moines, paying $4,000 or $800 more than was paid by Alain ager Foster of the Grand and Fos- ter's who formerly also had the Audi- torium. All three theaters formerly played only Klaw & Erlanger attra c- tions. Herbert Duce, who signed tile lease for the Shilberts, states that sixty attractions will be dated in the Auditorium the coming season and Des Moines is lookitop for some merry competition in tig- theaitri- cal.-TUCKER. Manager Kirby Transferred. Norfolk, Va., May 1I5. William T. Kirby, who has managed the Colonial for the past two years has b)cen temporarily transferred to Savannah, Ga., where he opened the new Wilmer and Vincent Orphcum. Frank D. Hill, formerly employed by Wilmer and Vincent at Reading house has been put in Kirby's place for the time being.-S. R. IT. WILLIAM MORRIS GETS PHILADELPHIA HOUSE Vaudeville to Be Seen at Eleventh Street Theater Where Minstrels Ruled for Years. Philadelphia, Pa., May. 1. William Morris wxVill haxe a Phila- delphia house. That is the talk in amusement circles now. The house Was secured through Felix Isman attld is the Eleveith street opera house xeltre Dunont's linstrels held forth for so iany years. According to reports no change will he imade in the theater at present , but before the opensilng of the fall 1(eatson Ilh( plwce will bec rehnoilt anld eilarged so as to give a scating ca- paicity of lit least 1.600. Arris lias been treilg to get into this city for some tille. lie mailde all altteillpt to if so mlolitls ago by pttt- tintg vNadieville into Fol-epaugh's, but the venture failed. The abandonmnlt of the Eleven1th Street opera h mse hy the mlinstrels gave Morris tile opportunity Ite de- sired and 1Smnan closed the deal xltercv tle hoisc pass(,-; into hi,, contrIl AMorris xwill o)e11t the houle b of*e Ill lir t If 1io , REINABELASCO TOW ED MORRIS GEST ONJUNE 1, `lv ork, M ay 1q. Nr and irs. David IHlasco ha mitounced the approaching larriae af their eldest daughter, Reina, tu Nti, Gcit, wxho tot tllc last si% yer as eenwfoci-ln retiresett of Oscar ann \williamt 11aninerstin IlTe wedding wiIll take place ai Sherry's oi June 1. Following the cereiony the brid:J pair will remain a few days in th- city and then go to Paris to xisit AIr. Gest's famuily. They will return to New York in the autumtn. in addition to his connection Vith the Ilammlter-steinsA, 1r. Gest is a ttemtber of the firm of Comstocl & ict, theatrical mtatlagers. He nit Aliss Belasco for the first ttiel September two years ago. Theen) giocilent was milade last auttmn h] 1lr. (;est xx-is visiting the Bclasost Sal Iraicisco. Ushers Go On Strike. Winnipeg, Alan., Vay 15. A n-ew labor trouble was put o1 >rI here the other iIlt wllll ,\\,, ilizetxtishlersill thle WaNkertili- >1 -0 qutti thteit j of sbcautse tICv i 1 it tet tille 1x At ti thu- it xxas tile cattse ofl Ill tupsetii li, house and the patrtls had toid Illr ibest to finld their own seats, bul ". dtrike didn't last lotng enough t 1sly incottventtetce the holl:o \N1 tile bovs have applied for rell- '4.t-mnent with the exception 01 ihic.-1ATHfER. Young Girl Runs Away. I lazel Jacobson, an11 Ottawa, I11L ial. ran awav from homue oe daya-t iieek and tle first news her parentt hidof cer r as tht she had joitedI iiiecitricaI cisiltpattv tltelI playir Ltt I1 >tnduilsky. Her letter xwas very bri liii informed her folks that the c0111- poe x-onldgo (direct to _\exr Yori Th youing lady first caghtthe tae cvr, when she recently aIppearedIn ctes of poSings at a ioing pichtur Improvements at Omaha. Olaha, Neb., Alay 1. improvements have Commenced on1 ile Orplhleum theater vlich will gill the house an additional 00 or 400 seats. The main flor will be exteded back about ten feet and four rows," seats placed. Complete re-eclcoratlf will he done all over tile hlouise. AFasi teededl uolIla Co"V i111il itmptrovemnts xwill gct tilepit- Minnie Milne "Home." Oswego., N. Y.ay1 NIililio' A \lilte. xxiopI-axI thepal of iHa.zy in Nlrs. Ngsa theile 1huge Patchl the( past season,. is h to, sin the sttltlotIr -it hetl resulei here. Aliss Alile's plans for tle Coll] ing season have - 1 et been'c" range_"d_-DO)DGE. 8 TURS v.7S Ro- THIS WEEK'S NEWS THIS WEEK! 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