Palladium Item, Richmond, IN, n.d.


An Immense Audience Last Night

The Phillips was filled last evening to overflowing with our most music-loving people and a more satisfied audience has seldom assembled under that roof. The opera was presented with a very remarkable force and finish, considering it was entirely the work of amateurs. The orchestra even outdid itself, and that is about as high a praise as an orchestra can have. Mrs. Clem. Neikamp (nee Miss Phoebe Bescher) presided at the piano in her usual fine style. As an accompanist she is unequalled. Miss Louisa Stock still reigns the leading vocalist. Admiration for her voice and the artistic management of it, increases with each performance. Richmond is proud to possess so fine a soprano. Mrs. Potter, Mr. Boyer, Mr. Fred S. Smith, Mr. Tracy, Mrs. Nye, all the soloists indeed more than sustained the reputation they had won the night before. There was a marked improvement in the smoothness and promptness of the entire work of the evening; with the exception of a slight contre-temps or two the easy flow of events would do credit to many a high-named professional company.

Messrs. J. Taggert, F. A. Ward, Jonas Fox and W.W. Gaston, officers, deserve notice for their realistic personation. Mr. W. Forkner and Miss Mary Stock, the aristocratic cousins of the Countess, were indeed excellent. The Countess’ servant, Mr. F. Jenkinson, was no less ornamental than useful. The inn-keeper, Mr. G. H. Eggemeyer always takes the house. The jailer, Mr. Engelbert, as a stern and relentless holder of the keys, inspired due terror, and Mr. J. Lee, mayor of the city of Krakay “in the year of our Lord 1704,” announced the opening of the fair in splendid fashion, though it is a queer duty for a mayor to perform. The chorus, which is entitled to unlimited praise, was very superb last night, and is fast spoiling us for the enjoyment of the weaker ones which the traveling opera companies bring. It is composed of:

Sopranos—Mrs. Tom Connor, Misses Laura Lohrman, Fanny Ireland, Rose Circh, Mary Higgins, Minnie Jenks, Mattis Whitacre.

Altos—Mrs. H. Englebert, Misses Mattie Ireland, Eunice Porterfield, Nettie Cook, Tillie Young.

Tenors—Messrs. Frank Cooke, W. S. Needham, Frank Corcoran, Frank Marlatt, Henry Sherman, F. F. Powell, Maurice Arnold, J. Richardson, H. Fabien, H. Porterfield, E. Forkner, J. Moorman.

Bass—Messrs. Will Hale, Al. Speckenheir, Frank Gilbert, H. F. Dalbey, Will Grubbs, John Poundstone, A. M. Thatcher, J. Lee, H. Biddlemeyer, J. Nicholson, C. Neekamp, E. D. Palmer.

Mr. Morehead’s talent for teaching a chorus and directing a rich and varied musical performance, was never before fully appreciated. Now our people will have more faith, and give more help and encouragement, and the benefit of this talented and enthusiastic gentleman’s musical labors will be felt in our town for good. He has had some serious difficulties in preparing this opera, which he has promptly and happily overcome. It was necessary at the last to fill the places of leading tenor and baritone, and that he did by securing Messrs. Boyer and Smith. These gentlemen have had only a few days in which to prepare their parts, but there is certainly but little indication in their performance of this lack of rehearsing. To-night is the last of the “Beggar Student.” Let everyone go and hear and see a first-rate operatic performance for a moderate price. Admission to the gallery is only 25 cents.


Richmond, IN, 1895?


It Will be the Crowning Musical Event of Richmond

The List of Soloists Published and Some Information Regarding the Coming Event—News in the Theatrical Line—Sousa’s Band at the Grand.

The theatrical season is rapidly nearing its end, but Richmond is still to have some very excellent attractions before the play houses close their doors for the summer. Richmond has had more good attractions this year than it ever before experienced, and the show loving people are beginning to appreciate the fact, although it is candor to say that in several instances the people have not shown the appreciation they should.