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cool weather of the past trcck
THC theatergoing more of a
real pleasuro than usual at
this time of the year and
la tonsequence the tvo places of
amusement that ere doing business
Chases and the Columbia attracted
large sized audiences during the period
The Edwin Ardcn stock company in
stantly Jumped into popular favor at
the Columbia and the performances of
Lord Chumley were greeted by audi
ences of very generous proportions Mr
Ardcn in the chief role pleased his
mazy local admirers immensely and his
supporting company generally
speaking good
The reWval of The Wizard of the
Nile at Chases by the summer opera
organization was perhaps the most suc
cessful of any of the offerings since the
company give Its initial performance at
the audeville house Fred Fear with
the advantage of several seasons work
en the road In the role originated by
Frank Daniels and Norma Kopp in her
old part were largely responsible for
the success of the production
The innovation of freo ping pong ta
bles at Chases for the use of persons
who hao acquired the ping pong habit
proved to be a vpry popular mtne on th
part of Mr Chase for during the in
termissions and before the performances
th tables were patronized by devotees
of the game who not only had a good
time themselves but provided much en
tertainment for thp onlookers
Captain Swift at the Columbia
Edwin Arden and his associates made
their appearance last Monday evening at
the Columbia and Mr Arden was given
an unprecedented reception on his en
trance and at the finish of each act
He undoubtedly bod3 a high place in
the affections of local theatergoers and
Is one of the best of the young Ameri
can actors
The season announced for the Arden
company at the Columbia was originally
intended to be a very short one but it
begins to look now as if Washlngton
ians would be loth to let the players
leave and it would not be surprising
to see the season continue well Into the
The play announced for this week is
Captain Swift It -was written by
Iladdon Chambers author of The Ty
ranny of Tears and other successes
It was first used by Maurfee Darrymorc
some years ago The hero of the piece
is a reformed highwayman who has re
turned to England after evil exploits
in Australia He encounters his mother
who has cast him off In Infancy and Is
ultimately tracked by detectives The
play ends without the love Interest be
ing satisfied ortho hero escaping to live
a happy life thereafter but despite these
unconventionalitles it Is a play of strong
As played by Mr Arden the role of
the ex bushranger surrounded on every
hand with suspicion constantly threat
ened with recognition and arrest yet
calm and collected at etery moment
Should have the power to thrill In the
superlative degree
The entire strength of tho organiza
tion will bo used and the play In many
respects will offer better opportunities
to the company than did Lord Chum
ley which 1b essentially a star play
There will be matinees on Thursday nd
Saturday The theater Is kept delight
fully cool by the liberal use of electric
The Bohemian Girl at Chases
Balfes beautiful opera The IJohemian
Girl will tc the offering of the comic
opera company at Chases Theater thi3
week In the list of light operas of
the olil school there Is probably none
more popular or more enduring Tech
nically considered It is more of a ballad
composition than an opera proper as it
contains four numbers which have be
come world famous separately Thcso
arc The Fair Land of Foland Then
Youll Hemembcr Me Heart Dowed
Down and I Dreamt I Dwelt In
Marble Halls Another In the Gyp3yB
Life is equally noted and tbo famous
duet between DcvIIshaof and the queen
is still anothpr popular composition
New principals have been secured for
the important roles Anna Llchter will
sing the prima donna role She will be
remembered as having appeared with the
Tavary Opera Company some years ago
Miss Llchter will sing the role of Ar
llne William Schuster will sing tho
part of Devllshoof Ethel Houston De
Pre will have the part of the gypsy
queen and Martin Checscman will be
Mr Walter Lawrence will play the
count nnd Thaddcus will bo sung by
Grafton Baker
Unusral care has been taken In the
preparation of tho scenery and cos
tumes and the production will bo as
complrte as ran be made
The free use of tho ping pong tables
and the gratuitous serxlce of ice cream
and Ices will continue at ecry per
Matinees will be on Monday Wednes
day and Saturday with a special mat
inee on Triday July i
At Freedoms Gate
On the Iourth of July there will be
produced at Glen Echo a new opra that
will be of Interest to patriotic societies
of Wahington as well as to the musi
cians and rouslc lcners of the Capital
City The opera is the work of Prof
Mori one of the best known vocal and
instrumental Instructors In the city a
hard painstaking labor that has engaged
his attention for some years past
It is entitled At Freedoms Gate
and Is of the strictly romantic school
It deals with Incidents In the war the
people of Cuba waged for Independence
and tho story Is said to be told in force
ful and entertaining stjlo Those who
havo had the opportunity of examining
the libretto haie no hesitation In de
claring that the work Is one of merit
and that Its production should be suc
cessful in every particular If presented
funder tie proper auspices and with the
proper people to Interpret Its scenes and
bring out its music
To make suro of this phase of the pro
duction Prof Mori has engaged a cast
of sixteen trained singers a number rf
whom have had experience in opera in
tho past and a competent chorus of thir
ty six Tho work of training the chorus
has been going on for some time under
the direction of Prof Saltsman while
Prof Mori has had the principals under
his own direction He is satisfied they
will give a good pcrfoimancc and Prof
Saltsman pronounces the chorus a capa
ble group of singers who will do full
Justice to the stirring choruses that are
a feature of tho work
Those of tho cast whose names have
been made public arc Mrs Ivy Herriott
Shade Miss Dcvcre and Dr Clyde Shade
none of whom needs any introduction to
a Washington audience
a The opera is to be presented at Glen
Echo beginning July 4 and running to
July 12 nclusic under tlie auspices of
the Union Veterans Union and Judging
from the manner In which the advance
sale of tickets has been going on for
the past few weeks there will be ampls
encouragement of a financial nature for
the venture
LoYcmakinsj on the Stage
Is the most successful stage love-making
perfunctory or sincere Do stage
lovers find their task easier when there
is a genuine personal Interest between
the hero and heroine How much is art
and how much Inclination
Does It make any difference whether
you play opposite as you say to a
charming woman or not Henry Miller
was asked the other day
The personality of the woman does
not weigh a feather he answered Her
acting is all that counts If she does
her work well one is Inspired to play up
to her I believe if I wcro madly In
love with a woman and she were cast
opposite me and acted badly I would
grow to hate her before tho season was
over Of course there is always en
thusiasm In a new love scene Nothing
In a play that has had a long run Is so
difficult to mo as the love scene
The love scene that I like best to
play Is in Sweet Lavender The hero
says aside She makes the room seem
like a flower garden Then after a
time he says Lavender I love you
Will jou be my wife She answers I
dont know I have not thought about
It There Is a bit of business he draws
her to him and putting her head on
his breast as he gathers her in his
arms says Then think about it here
I would rather not be cast to play
a love scene with a woman in whom I
was Intensely Interested said Mr Otis
Skinner when tho same question was
put to him Then ho added You see a
man in love is always at a disadvantage
Fancy the result If an actor forgot his
audience neglected fine points and saw
only the woman before him While It
Is a fact that an actor must to a cer
tain extent enter Into the feeling of the
character he Is to Interpret It will not
do for him to feci all that the character
No if I had to choose whether I
must play a love scene with a woman
I loved or one I disliked I would choose
the latter But It is better to have a
feeling of good fellowship Tor the
best results there must be harmony in
an entire company
Major Andre on the Stage
Something definite Is at last announc
ed with regard to Major Andre a play
by Clyde ntch which he says repre
sents the best work he has done
It was for a long time In the posses
sion of W A Brady who every now
and then announced that he was holding
It back until he could engage for the
title role an actor of whom the author
should approve Henry B Sanford who
was here in Ilobesplerre with
Irving was Mr Fitchs first choice but
was not nvallable Frank Worthing who
was available did not suit the author
Mr Brady then encountered opposition
from theater owners with whom he
tried to do business they thought fail
ure thp certain fate of a play which
glorified a British spy of the Revolution
The MS was returned to Mr Fitch
who now it is said thinks Arthur Bvron
a gooii actor for Andre Byron is to be
Mary Mannerings leading man next sea
son the season after It Is planned her
manager will star him In the Fitch play
London Lyceums Unprofitable Year
The financial affairs of the London
Lyceum Theater Beem to be in a bad
way notwithstanding William Gillettes
success there In Sherlock Holmes and
Henry Irvlngs prosperity
Three jears ago the actor knight
turned the thearfr over to a stock com
pany for 132600 n cash and 62500 In
At a recent meeting of the stockhold
ers discontent was expressed over an un
profitable jear The suggestion was
made to devote the house to vaudeville
or musical farce but Sir Henryw con
tract prevents that
In the three 5 ears of the new arrange
ment he has given over 115000 from
ills earnlngB to the company and vet
dividends havo been declared on the
preferred stock only and none on the
Tho money seems to have gone in
alterations in the house ordered by the
county council and in bad bookings the
house being vacant at times while one
occupant failed to pay any rent The
losses have nearly balanced the suc
cessful visit of Sir Hnry to this coun
try last year and tho prosperity of Wil
liam Gillette at the Lvceum from Sep
tember to April
Trials of a PlauwrighL
There Is one terror In the llfo of a
playwright which an actor never ex
periences says a well known maker
of plays
In all the repertoire of dress re
hearsal harrors there Is no ordeal to
equal the agony of having to read a
play to a new star who Is anxious to
secure a attraction but whosedajs
arc so short that she really has only
half an hour or so at the outside to de
vote to a reading
Then Usually the actress insists on
havins her aunt or mother or some
other female present and if she hap
pens to have a husband why of course
he simply Insists on being there Oh
its a lovely experience I can tell you
I had cna adventure of this sort re
And then the amount of intelligence
which Is shovn on these occasions A
well known woman star sent for me
She w anted to hnve me rend a comedy
to her and her husband I was U3hercd
Into a hrcnl new library which made
cne feel positively autumnal It rustled
so with uncut leaves and began to read
my manuscript
When I had finished the actress re
marked sagely I think your play Is
well written but it seems to me to be
lacking in instances
For a moment I was nonplused I
could not follow her Then I said Do
you mean that it has not enough inci
I mean exactly what I say said the
actret3 vour play lacks Instances
I think my wife is right interposed
tho husband with much suavity I also
think that vour play lacks instances
but with a few slight changes which I
tould easily suggest or make I think
it contains tho nebulus of a fine com
About the Original Senator
The late Senator Plumb of Kansas
writes Mr William II Crane the come
dian was rather proud of being the
prototype of the Senator as well he
might be since ho was a whole souled
honest statesman and Plumb never
mls3d nn opportunity of calling on me
in my dressing room when convenient
There we would smoke and chat be
tween acts and be soclablo Indeed
You may remember Charley Iteod
one of the Senate officials during Sena
tor Plumbs closing days who did not
long survive Plumbs death About ten
days before the Senator died I wes an
nounced to play the piece of which he
was tho original at Albaughs
Plumb asked Itced It ho knew me
Oh very well said Ileed I see Mr
Crane Is coming to Washington con
tinued the Kansas Senator During his
visit here I would like you to go with
me to his dressing room I always call
on him when we are In the same place
but I dont care to go alone
So they arranged to come together
but the engagement was never kept
Two days after I opened there In The
Senator Mr Plumb was dead
One time continued the comedian
he called on me In my dressing room
during the run of the play in New York
I noticed that his chin whiskers
one of the distinguishing marks of
my make up had grown rather long and
straggly and I said
Senator will you be offended if
make a little remark about your per
sonal appearance-
Certainly not said tho Senator
but tell me what Is wrong In my ap
I must Insist that you trim your chin
whiskers Senator or you wont look a
bit like me
And the other nctors wondered what
made Senator Plumb laugh so
Comedian Frcar Has Grievances
Tred Freer nourishes a grievance when
ever he plays In an opera written for
Frank Daniels He attributes to an un
kind fate the fact that his portrayals of
the Daniels parts are usually credited
with being good imitations
The fact Is said Mr Frcar in speak
ing about It that I dont imitate Dan
iels although I confess that there Is a re
semblance that I cannot help Generally
speaking I look not unlike Daniels nnd
Indeed DIgby Bell This similarity Is
heightened when I am made up and par
ticularly when I wear Daniels clothes
Nevertheless In my acting of the parts
such as Klbash In The Wizard and
Abel Conn In The Idols Eye I get as
far away from Daniels conception as I
can I could Imitate him to the life If I
cared because he Is nn actor very easily
Imitated ns his mannerisms and peculi
arities are so pronounced that he carries
tbcm Into private life
Daniels on the stago In gesture and
Washingtons Leading Theater
Second Week of the Summer Season
Prices 25 50 and 75c
Matinees Thursday anJ Saturday
Presenting C Haddon Chambers
Powerful Drama
FQ jri ct n r
facial expression is the same as Daniels
off the stage I know every oao of his
bits of business and because I do and
becaurc I owe it to mvself to be Fred
Frcar In every part I undertake I would
be willing to have a special Jury watch
mo and settle the mootel question
whether cr not I copy the original crea
tion of Daniels or any of tho parts thit
I have followed him in
Speaking of Daniels I want to say
that he is an artist In spite of all and I
take off my hat to him and to Du Wolf
Hopper They are the most self-possessed
men I evtr saw on the stage and
though you may occasionally take them
unawares In gagging and cause them to
falter for a while look out for the next
night because they will get back at you
in the most complete fashion They can
not bo feazed
Mikado at Chases Next Week
Following The Bohemian Girl at
Chases Theater this week the opera
company will present Tho Mikado
Very many requests havo been received
Tor The Mikado and Mr Chase has
decided to comply with them
The Mikado will bo sung by Nicho
las Burnbam who it Is claimed was the
first to do the part in America William
Broderick will return to play Pooh Bah
Ko Ko will be In tho hands of Fred
Frcar and Anna Llchter will bo the
Yum Yum
Norma Kopps engagement has been
extended so that she will appear as Plttl
Sing William Schuster will be Pish
Actresses Freak Whims
Very well If Miss Agnew Is to have a
dressing room on the stage and I am
assigned to the second floor I wont go
on at all Now that Just settles It
Ive got to preserve my self respect
whether this show goes on or not
This avers the theatrical historian
of the Chicago Tribune Is an ulti
matum that the manager of almost ev
ery theater of Importance In the coun
try has had hurled at him on nt least
one occasion during his connection with
tho theatrical Ifusiness
If the actress who declares herself in
this fashion is an Important member of
the cast whose defection would mean
much to the success of a performance
there Is always one way out of the diffi
AH right Miss Jenkins Well build
you a dressing room here on the stage
with scenery if that will be satisfac
Perfectly the actress replies I
simply want a dressing room here on the
stage and dont care at all what it is
made of I want to be perfectly reason
So the stage hands saying harsh
things under their breath build up a
temporary dressing room at the rear and
to one side of the stage and the of
fended actress moves In her dressing
case and her makeup box honestly be
lieving that she has acted with great
Great Change in Dressing Rooms
Within the last five years there has
been a great change In stage dressing
rooms at lca3t In the larger cities In
days gone by they were universally hot
dirty stuffy little cubby holes down
underneath the stage lighted by evil
smelling lamps and without ventilation
of any kind jOld actors and those of
more modern date who still make one
eight stands in small towns can tell
dreadful tales of their experiences In
rural theaters
When I first started on the road
says an old time actor we never ex
pected to find even an excuse for dress
ing rooms in the skating rinks and town
halls we plajed In We always carried
with us a few strips of muslin with
which we would build temporary dress
ing rooms on cither side of the
Table i
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PecMfilh the mct aJcquale anil ar
titit jrodiKtioii gnen in nun jears
Mats Hon Wed Sat
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ISruiir Matim e Trices 21 ot
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trr iiraftoii ISalt
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No nm ICiipp Kth
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vised stage All there was between the
audience and the actor who was dress
ing was a single thickness ot white mus
Tor lights we had only candles stuck
In bottles If by any chance a candle
got behind an actor In one of these
dressing rooms his shadow would be
thrown on the muslin partition and tho
audience in front would get the benefit
of an unintended but often amusing
shadow performance
We had always to be careful to see
that our candles were In front when
we were dressing In one of these muslin
walled rooms Sometimes a Jealous
performer would arrange it so that
shadows would be thrown on the cur
tain while his deadly rival was in the
midst of his most impassioned part
and would so break up a tragic scene
with uproarious bursts of laughter
But these muslin dressing rooms
were not half so bad as the black sub
terranean caverns in which we were
sometimes obliged to dress
I have dressed for a Shakespearean
part In a cellar closet that had six
inches of water on the floor Happily
microbes had not been discovered then
or we should certainly have contracted
all known diseases from the foul air we
were forced to breathe
The Leading Women Arc Favored
The best dressing rooms in a theater
are ns a matter of course always
given up to the leading ladles of the
IP a play is put on for a long run
the actresses are likely to put up drap
eries and pictures of their own and to
transform tho bare wails of their little
apartments Into charming boudoirs The
leading women of the big stock com
panies especially who are likely to
spend a year or more under tho same
roof often occupy beautifully furnished
Vlrdsslns rooms
Such a ono was Miss Ada Rehans
room in Dalys In New York
On the opening night of a production
the dressing rooms of the women players
are likely to bo half filled with flowers
sent by friends and well wishers and
along the edges of the mirrors will be
stuck dozens of telegrams of congratula
tion sent by friends in and out of tho
It is a sort of superstition among
actors and actresses that these tele
grams of congratulation and gsod
wishes should remain in place so long as
the play Is on the superstition being
that if they are removed the production
is likely to come to an untimely end
Often also Borne friend of an actress
will write something in white soap
across the face of her mirror on the
opening night and woe betide thp un
fortunate stage hand who ventures to
rub it out
Miss Mclntvjres Important Role
Miss Leila Mclntyrc a young woman
who has scored an unqualified success
in vaudeville as a member of the team
of Linton and llclntyre has been en
gaged to play the chief role in the bis
spectacle The Sleeping Beauty and the
Beast next season
Miss Mclntyre Is one of the most tal
Starting Tomorrow Afternoon
Two Days Only
Rain or Shine
Doors Opsn I anJ 7 p n
Exhibition 2 aid 8 p m
ssion 25g
Route of Parade
I rave Slnw Irnimds Thirteenth and D
Streets TOMOIIIOW JlOItMVi nt t30 a in
Thiruenth Mrcet to 11 to Ncir Wk Vtcnue
to IVnn nlvama vvinw to eventeenlh to I to
Fifteenth to 1enrsv lvanla vvenue to Kirst to
II to Urst nortleast to f to ihow Cround
Opera Season
Opening July 4
2 Performances
entcd young women who ever entertain
ed a vaudeville audience She Is un
commonly good looking and possesses
an excellent soprano voice and with
these advpntages in her favor not to
mention an experience in stage work
covering some twelve years although
she Is but nineteen years old it Is not
a very difficult matter to believe that she
will be very successful In her new line
of work
New Prima Donna at Chases
Anna Llchter the new prima donna
of tho comic opera company at Chases
Theater spent two years with tha
Tavary Opera Company In which
she sang prima donna roles She has
appeared here upon several occasions
two of them being with the Tavary com
pany and tho third with the Castle
Square organization at tho Lafayette
Square Theater several years ago
Since that time Miss Llchter has bees
for several seasons the prima donna
of the Tlvoli Opera House In San Fraa
cl3co She has been on the stage only
five years is young and possesses a
soprano voice of high range Next sea
son Miss Llchter will be with an opera
company now being formed by Henry
W Savage
Brief Theatrical Mention
Marguerite Sylva will star next soasoa
under the management of Nixon Zim
merman and George W Lcderer In The
Strollers in which Francis Wilson wa3
seen last year
George Ade Is so much encouraged by
the success of his opera The Sultan of
Sulu which has been playing to largo
business In Chicago that he Is now at
work on tho libretto of a new comlo
opera which will be called Peggy cf
Paris and which Henry W Savage will
produce next season
Theodore Roberts has returned from
London where he went to play his orig
inal role Canby In Arizona The
actors success in the English capital
Is said to have been as great as that
which he attained on this side of the
Harry B Smith and Ludwlg Englandcr
will write a new musical comedy la
which Virginia Earle will become a star
Frank L Parley and George TV Lederer
will be the managers
Hilda Clarke will leave the operatlo
stage Miss Clarke fractured her knee
cap several weeks ago and it is said
that her decision to desert opera is tho
result of tho accident
Harry Rowe Sbclley the composer
has written the music to a new opera
called The Monarch of Mexico The
book is by Randolph Hartley and John
Ernc3t McCann
Where to Spend the Fourth
Randalls Outings for independ
ence Day
At River View
Dirln An the Lrrru RHEt
And dont forget the fucmakcr
Extra Attractions for the Ilojjay
Take steamer Samuel J Pentl at 10 a m 2 13
and G45 p m Leave River View at 121
5 3 and 1030 p m
rare iioudu Trip Adults 2oc lauurra Jc
Tnlre T r Arrowsmith TIlfRSDvY
JILY 3 from River Mew wharf foot of 7th
Ft st 545 p m Returning leaves St
Georgts Island li Jl JlLt 4 reaching homa
10 p m Six hours at St George Island and
Ilner IVnt
Special ticVet to Colonial Beach good for
M dars 100 Special tlciet to Coltons eood
CO davs 1i0 Children half fare
Regular steamer rates to other points Uotel
ticket eood for ere nichta loUairit break-
last and dinner 2 and 2 so by purser
on stearaer
- At Colonial Beach
Steamer Harry Randall
Enjoy the fine SviMNater Bathiwr the Boat-
inp Crabbing and Fshinjr
Steamer leaves River View wharf foot of
7tt st at S43 m Home again 10 p m
Four hour st the Reach
Fare Round Trio AdulU SOc Children SSc
Tickets good for 3d days sold on this trip L
At Chapel Point
Take stearrer Kent from River view wharf
foot of 7th st at 345 a m Four hours to
enjoy a Salt water Bath Crabbins and
In ct on ine loiomac ticme agaiu ab
PI D zn
Fare Round irn dults 50c Children 2Jc
xo orrv
Spend the cay on the rotomac
jeCO 51
Only one hours ride to where it is COOL
AND COSIMIHTABLE Finest Bathinc Fish
ins Crabbing tailir BOARDWALK ONB
lifi with amisejiexts splendid
atth vctions balloon- ascension and
Under personal leadership o
Pirlor Car Tickets 15 Cents extra each way
See train schedule under Railway Time Tablet
mj31 t
Str Charles Mcaleter Ieares at IS
a ri 2 10 and 6J p m Sundays 11
a m zmij ana UJU p m luuiag
Hrad trips every Thursda Friday anc1
iaturlai at 0 0 p m I
Concert and Dance Music -
Every Evening
rifS BP 51i
LyWII until
-a V9 Hd 5fc ctIS
The Great American Opera
3U o viocit
July 12 in-
1G in the cast 30 in choris full orchestra Beautiful new scenery
and original costumes Ample and prompt transportation guaranteed
Admission 25 arid 50c

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