Gabrielle Ray

'Gabrielle Ray said, 'I am always dancing; I love it! When I don't dance, I sing. What else is there to do?'

Gabrielle Ray – The Casino Girl – Eastbourne Chronicle – Saturday 4th April 1903



This merry and picturesque musical farce is being presented at the Park Theatre by the Ben Greet Principal Company, a very clever and versatile combination, who commenced a brief engagement on Thursday evening. The Casino Girl is fashioned very closely upon the model of the Belle of New York, the music being bright and melodious, the lyrics smart and fitting, the dialogue sparklingly witty, and the action, although associated with but a thin and fantastic plot, striking in its succession of pretty stage pictures. From the first uprising of the curtain till the end of the entertainment the risible faculties of the audience are kept in constant vigorous exercise, and at the opening performance the enthusiasm was only allayed by frequent encores. It is not easy to say which factor of an all round success was most appreciated—the droll comicalities of the comedians, the graceful and sprightly dances of the lady principals, the well rendered songs, or the delightful choruses and incidental concerted measures. Certainly everything was rapturously applauded, whilst the beautiful costumes and the general effectiveness of the mise en scene evoked well-merited admiration. Miss Daisy Semon, in the title part, played charmingly, singing and acting in a very engaging manner and adding much to the brightness of the performance by her vivacious and winsome bearing. The role of Laura’s young medical lover “Percy” was capitally sustained by Mr. Edmund Sherras, who uses his gifted baritone voice to marked advantage in the ballads and solos falling to his share. He scored particularly in the pretty song, “I love my love.” The humours of the piece were amply reflected in the singularly good impersonation of the Mormonic “Pasha” by Mr. Norman Page, and of the broken-down grand opera tenor, “Gaggs,” by Mr. Stanley White. Mr. Norman Page will be remembered for his success as the polite lunatic in “The Belle,” but in the present, play his gifts find wider scope, and he fairly convulsed the house by his eccentricities of speech and action. Mr. Stanley White made a great hit in the humorous song “Nothing New.” Strong support to the purely funny side of the performance was lent by mercurial Mr. Frank Faker and Mr. Walter Freear, as “Ben Murley” and “Potage” respectively, and the mock trial scene in which the quartette figured occasioned quite uproarious mirth. Delightful expositions of their several parts were given by Miss Gabrielle Ray, Miss Lily Gullick, Miss J. Bartlett, Miss Maud Locker and Miss Christine Ferris.

The Casino Girl will be performed at a Matinee today at 2.30 and again in the evening.

Eastbourne Chronicle – Saturday 4th April 1903


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