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From: Diana S Flynn <>
Subject: [INLAWREN] NEW THEATER A SUCCESS - MAY 24, 1901
Date: Sat, 16 Feb 2008 15:30:36 -0500


BEDFORD WEEKLY MAIL
BEDFORD, INDIANA
FRIDAY, MAY 24, 1901


NEW THEATER A SUCCESS

A full house greeted "Human Hearts" at the Stone City Opera House May
16th, the opening bill of the new theater. The play is a good one, of
the rural melodramatic order, with an ad mixture of tragedy and comedy;
and was well handled by the company. The scenic effects were fine, the
first stage picture of the crossroads blacksmith shop and the cottage,
with a perspective background of wheat fields and mountains, aided by the
songs of forest birds and lowing of cattle, being especially effective.
When twilight settled on the landscape and the gloom appeared the
birdsongs were changed to the calls of screech owls; later, the same
picture being shown with a winter setting of snow and ice. The good
lighting of the stage, there being 36 incandescent overhead and clusters
of the same on movable stands in the wings, all provided with reflectors
and governed by a graduated switch by which the light can be increased or
reduced at will, contributed greatly to the good results attained.
Excellent music was furnished by Bert COFFEY, Walter COFFEY and Wiley
CATHCART. The new theatre is very handsome and well arranged, is a
credit to our city, and was evidently approved by its first audience.


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