Townsville Theatrical Society 1947-1969 Benefit Concert 1948

For the University Woman’s Building Fund Concert at Theatre Royal on Thursday 2 Sept 1948 the Society revived the one-act play “Orange Blossoms” as their contribution.

Townsville Daily Bulletin Wednesday 8 Sept 1948
An entertainment in aid of the funds for the building of the new university Women’s College at St. Lucia was held in the Theatre Royal on Thursday. September 2nd. The first portion of the programme was a series of concert items arranged by Mr. Ray Penprase and featured a number of Townsville’s well known vocal and instrumental artists. A comparative stranger to Townsville audiences was Mrs. Newman. Her items revealed that Townsville has added to its galaxy of vocal talent another well trained voice of beautiful quality. Mrs. Nissoff, who before her marriage, was Miss Jacqueline James, has recently returned with her husband from the United States, made her reappearance before a Townsville audience. The second part of the programme was a display of dance items presented by the Gwen Hardie School. The bright and colourful dancing of this youthful company is always popular with Townsville audiences and this programme was no exception. Featured on the programme were seven young pupils who have recently gained elementary and intermediate certificates of the Royal Academy of Dancing.
Orange Blossoms — the story of a young bridegroom who decided on certain re-arrangements just prior to his wedding, was revived by a cast consisting of members of the Townsville Theatrical Society. It was originally produced by the society and the favourable comment which it received indicated that the public of Townsville would welcome its reappearance. The reception given to this last performance fully justified this belief. Other items, which were whole heartedly enjoyed were: Pianoforte duet bv Mrs. E. Dawson and Mr. R. Penprase: soIos by Miss D. Harries, Miss A. Bradley. Mrs. P. Hammond. Mr. Sid Patterson and Mr. J. Squire; and a dramatic sketch by Mrs. R. H Miller.

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