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 – The Brockley News, New Cross and Hatcham Review – Friday 7th February 1902



Mr. Ben Greet’s company affords a special treat this week in the two-act musical farce, “The Casino Girl,” the house being crowded with an enthusiastic audience. The play is exceedingly well staged, and the choruses are admirably rendered, the piece going at a great pace from start to finish. Several of the performers have appeared at the Grand on many previous occasions, and on each visit seem to receive a heartier welcome. The part of Laura Lee, the Casino Girl, is daintily and winsomely taken be Miss Isa Bowman, and her song, “Ma Blushing Rosie,” elicits repeated encores. Miss Gabrielle Ray proves a vivacious Dolly Twinkle, and able assistance is rendered by Miss Maggie Bowman as Miss Rocks, Miss Louie Danby (Lotta Rocks), Miss Alice Gordon (Mrs. Rooks), and Miss Edith St. Clare. Mr. Max Copland makes an excellent Pilsener Pasha, and causes considerable merriment. Mr. Eardley Turner gives a humorous representation of Offenbach Gear, and is repeatedly recalled for his song, “Nothing New.” Mr. Cecil Curtiss as Van Stuyvesant won great admiration with his easy acting and good voice. Mr. Stanley White as Ben Muley, and Mr. Walter Freear as Potage, afforded considerable amusement.

On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next “The Casino Girl” will be played, and on Thursday, Friday and Saturday “The Shop Girl.”

The Brockley News, New Cross and Hatcham Review – Friday 7th February 1902


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Bessie Ray – The Belle of New York – Halifax Evening Courier – Tuesday 20th March 1900




A Crowded at the Grand last night to welcome a return visit of the musical comedy, “The Belle of New York.” The company (Mr. Ben Greet’s) is different in cast from the artistes who were last here, but on the whole the present one is somewhat superior, and from the frequent applauses the audience was perfectly satisfied with the efforts of each individual member. Principals and chorus all worked hard, and with deserved success. As Ichabod Bronson, Mr. Harry Gribben proved an undoubtedly versatile comedian, and acted with great gusto throughout, although suffering from a severe cold. Mr. D. O’Regan came well to the front as “Doc Skifkins,” and Mr. Peter H. Gardner put in some ludicrously droll eccentric work as Karl, the polite lunatic, while Mr. Mack Olive gave a smart rendering of the nondescript “Blinky Bill,” his whistling solo, its expressive pantomime action, being remarkable clever. Mr. Riley is also an admirable acrobatic dancer. Mr. James R. La Fane was quietly humorous the operatic low comedian Mugg and the fanny antics of the Bros Helm the twin Portuguese Counts pleased the house immensely. Mr. Charles Gervase made an acceptable Harry Bronson; he sung nicely, and his acting in the love scenes with Fifi were particularly good. Miss Daisy Baldry, who has a fine presence, made a brilliant appearance  as the prima donna Cora Angelique, and Miss B. Esse was a fresh and fascinating Kissie Fitzgarter. Miss Lucie Fitzroy acted with conspicuous ability as Violet Grey, the Salvation lassie, and presented a dexterous study in demure simplicity and engaging archness that was altogether delightful. She also slang with taste and refinement. Miss May Hellett played the lovesick Fifi Fricot with a dainty prettiness and teaching tenderness unusual in pieces of this character, and Miss Bessie Ray, a smart little comedian, worked hard and successful as Mamie Clancy, a Pell-street girl, her dancing being notably clever. The picturesquely attired chorus sang splendidly, and the staging is adequate in every degree.


Halifax Evening Courier – Tuesday 20th March1900


Bessie Ray – The Belle of New York – The Era – 1900


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Bessie Ray – Sir Richard Whittington and His Cat – The Era – 1896

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