Monday, June 20, 2011

Rare Opera Play Bill - Printed in Humboldt TN, ca 1890's

Maude Atkinson (The Distinguished Emotional Actress) was appearing in a play especially written for her by Miss May M. Ward entitled A Golden Moth. Most likely this play is the one mentioned in the New York Clipper Annual of 1891 which states the following: "A Golden Moth," by May M. Ward, originally acted, Union City, Tenn."  

OPERA HOUSE ToNight
The Fashionble (sic) Society Event
The Distinguished Emotional Actress
MAUDE ATKINSON.
Who will appear in her creation of Clair Hudson.  To-night will be presented the Society Comedy in 3 acts written especially for Miss Atkinson by the talented young Southern Authoress, 
Miss May M. Ward, entitled A Golden MOTH

Cast of Characters
Maurice Hudson (Claires son)....Gus Homer
Harold Montford (a victim of social ideas)...R.J. Johnson
Gerald Montford (who loves Edith)..Harry DeMuth
Col. Malcolm Dare (of Kentucky)...R.B. Jones
Dick Carroll (a sentimental swain)...Howard Thompson
Edith Dare (a born coquette)...Kate Chester
Flossy Montford (a wildwood's blossom)...Clara lake
Mrs. ?ville Ray (a willing catch)...Jennie Burleigh
Clara Hudson (a Washington Belle)...Maude Atkinson

A MODERN SOCIETY COMEDY
Not over-drawn, but depicting true scenes of Gilded Bauble Society Life in Washington.  AN AMERICAN PLAY by an AMERICAN AUTHORESS FOR AN AMERICAN ACTRESS SUBMITTED TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC FOR THEIR APPROVAL.

FRED SCHUCHERT,                     MANAGER
Seats at Usual Place.
DON'T FAIL TO VISIT AND BE AMUSED!
messenger print, Humboldt Tenn.

Updated October 31 2013
The old opera house building has been rehabbed and is now a stylish event venue.  Be sure to check out the Opera House Event Hall in Humboldt Tennessee.  The new owners asked to use our flyer and we happily gave permission so you might see a bit of Moran Place history if you visit the venue!


2 comments:

  1. Hi! I love this play bill that you have found! My name is Jessica Williams and I am co-owners of a new business venture opening up next week in Humboldt, TN called The Opera House Event Hall. We are located on Main Street in Downtown Humboldt. We are an event venue that is rent-able for all kinds of events, receptions, parties, etc. We have found articles that our building was once used as an opera house in its upstairs back in the 1890s. Is there anyway that we could possibly use this photo? Either on our blog or possibly in print to hang in our venue? You can check us out at www.theoperahousehumboldt.blogspot.com and feel free to email me at jkwillms@gmail.com.
    Thanks,
    Jessica Williams

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  2. Thank you for writing. I've sent you an email. :)

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