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DOROTHEA SPINNEY'S RECITALS.
Last evening Miss Dorothea Spinney gave a. vocal recital as one of her series at the Memorial-hall, followed hy,a re- cital of a pierrot plnyctte of three char- acters, entitled ''A Maker erf Dreams." In a drawing-room fctyle, playing .her oivn accompaniments, Miss Spinney .sang some of Schumann's and Greig's simple but melodious songs, followed by samples of tho sones of Mabel Wood- ward (a young English girl) and Nora McNeil -, also the noted Welsh air, "All Through the Night," and "Long, Long Ago." Her singing was expressive, and her nicely equalised contralto voice suited her legato style, but she did not rise to any distinction of artistic effect in these numbers. In the plnyette, though polished and artistic, her rjiffcr cntiation of voices as bot»»-cen malo and female characters »vns not »-ery marked. In impersonating female characters she is first-rato. Tho entertainment con- cluded with a long and very artistic series of poses'for Gveek »'ases, accom- panied by 'cello and nianoforte music J specially composed for Miss Spinney, j To-mono»v e»'ening she »»-ill rente the "Iphigenia in Taurus" of Euripides. This will be her last recital.
The capital programme at the Theatre Royal this week continues to »vin much popularity, and its repetition look place last evening before an audience tlint comfortably filled all parts of the building. The first portion of tho en- tertainment included t»»-n capital vocal items by Mr. Lawrence Kenny and Mr. Henry Hart, »vho »»'ere in fine voice, and won much applause. Maud Fan- ning, in her coon impersonations, iii which i she was assisted by the Elliott trio, made thing« lively, as also did the Franklins, the comedy sketch artist«. Air. Clement May's Dickens sketches »»'ero again an outstanding feature ol' the second part of the programme, and the act of Wong Tor Sun »vas also much enjoyed. To-night Huntress, tho American female impersonator, i& to make a first appearance in Hobart.
"Australia Calls" is the title of a striking film »»hich heads the new pro- gramme of Spencer's pictures, shown lost night at His. Mnjesty's Theatre. It is based on the defence position of the Commonwealth, and advocates a tiuo patriotic spirit, in order that the wins of Austrahn might be ready lo answer any call received to defend their coun- try. The picture O|KMIS with u piologue, "The Warning-," showing a S.idney rnce (oui.se and race, then u football match »»Unc-secl by thousands of spectators. .During this time the Asiatics, land 20,000 troops on the Ne»»' South Wales const. A proclamation is issued to the Austra- lians, and is r».idil\ responded to. The operations of the enemy and the mobilisa- tion of the Commonwealth troops aro strikingly featured, »»-hilo the burning of Sydney »y night and all the horrors attending the destruction of this hue city cannot fail to einnhasise the welt known scout motto, "He prepared." A love story runs through, the picture. Australia's aviatoi, Wm. E. Hart, is introduced with his aeroplane to eftect flie rescue -of a lady. The story goes on, und the Australians, after many daring deeds-»vin outright. The picture con- veys its lesson in a forceful manner. Tho star film, whieh" is 5,000ft. in length, is strongly supported. As usual, the gazettes aru full of interest. In the London budget the most uti iking features aro Leicester Show-, Paris fashions, tho King's prize cattle, and a pngennt of liv- ing pictures at the Albert-hall, landon. "The Lindisfarne Iîcgattn" at Hobart is one of the main attractions of Pathe's Au-tialian Gazette.
Tim English Amusement Co., having donated the »vlinlo of the dress cirele of the Empire Theatre for Hospital Day, propose screening'some select pic- tures, among them being ''The Empty Cot/' and the public aro cordinllv in- vited to support by their attendance to-night thoso institutions which appeal for help.
Launceston Competitions.-Entries for the Launceston competitions closn on March fl. The presence of two inter State choirs should crcafo great interest in the choral contest. Two Tasmanian choirs are also to compete.