Concert and Drama Performances Benefit Hospital Fund in 1891

Hospital Benefit The Knoxville Dramatic club held a meeting yesterday at which it was decided to give an entertainment shortly after Lent is over.  The club decided to give its entertainment for the benefit of the new hospital which is to be built in connection with the Tennessee Medical College. Source:  Knoxville Daily Journal and Tribune, January 29, 1891, page 5 Society ... The play entitled Tolu [sic] to be rendered early in May by the members of the Dramatic Club will be the best amateur entertainment ever gotten up in the city.  The cast of characters is a fine one and numbers among the list the best local talent in the city.  The proceeds of the entertainment will go to the new Medical College Hospital fund.  The cast includes Mrs. Coffin, Miss Ingersoll, Miss Pumphreys [sic] Mr. Hazard, Mr. Tucker, Prof. Himel, Mr. Coykendall. Source:  Knoxville Daily Journal and Tribune, April 5, 1891, page 4   Benefit Performance The advance sale of tickets for the Amateur Dramatic Club's presentation of Tulu at the theatre next Friday night for the benefit of the Medical College Hospital fund began yesterday.  Tickets are on sale at Lowe & McBath's, Hensell, Bogart & Gants, J. A. McCampbell's and Gooding & Allison's.  Seats can be reserved at Leiber's at the usual time. Source:  Knoxville Daily Journal and Tribune, May 2, 1891, page 8   Society Notes ... The play "Tulu" to be presented Friday evening at Staub's by the Knoxville Dramatic club is a sparkling little comedy in three acts by Grace Furnese, the author of "Box of Monkey" and other taking [sic] plays. ... Friday evening will be presented the sparkling comedetta "Tulu" at Staub's theatre by the members of the Dramatic Club under the management of Mr. Richard King Gibson.  The play of the "Tuly" was a pronounced success in New York last season as parlor and amateur entertainments and abounds in witty dialogue and comic situations.  The scene is laid at the handsome country seat of the Duchess Toedmag in England -- one of the estates.  The cast of characters includes the following members: The Duchess of Toedmag, a law unto herself and others -- Miss Mabel Ingersoll. Lord Blazonberrie, her son, well descended of course, and still descending, in love with "Old Bob's" Petroleum -- Mr. S. D. Coykendall. Jack Ryder -- an ascending American, in love with"Old Bob's Petrolia, his cousin. -- Prof. C. M. Himel. [Transcriber's note -- this section is difficult to read because of errors in the original printing.] Petrolia Seersucker, "Old Bob's" eldest, a charming American atrocity "on approval" -- Mrs. A. G. Coffin Tulu Seersucker, ''Old Bob's" youngest, an irrespressible American atrocity,"minds no one but papa."-- Miss Katie Pumphrey Dick Chetwyn, nephew to the Duchess, photograph fiend -- Mr. W. D. Haggard Robinson, the Butler, one of the props to the British constitution -- George F. Tucker. The Camera, a most taking character. Seats will go on sale early in the week at Leiber's.  Prices being as usual.  The proceeds of the entertainment go to establish the new medical college hospital fund. ... Source:  Knoxville Daily Journal and Tribune, May 3, 1891, page 4   The Production "Tulu."  So Worthy as To Demand a Second Notice of the Performance The admirable manner in which the Amateur Dramatic club presented "Tulu" at Stabu's Friday night, was indeed in the nature of a pleasant surprise to the large and fashionable audience present. It was expected that the performance would be fair, but the spectators soon became aware of the fact that they were witnessing a performance far above that usually presented by amateurs, indeed approaching in every detail some of the high priced and also excellent dramatic companies that have called forth the plaudits of a critical Knoxville audience. The stiffness and awkwardness displayed by amateurs was absent.  The performers went through their parts with perfect ease and graceful action.  The lines were spoken not in a monosyllabic style, but the fire and energy of dramatic action was infused in the delination [sic] of the different characters represented. But the amateurs should improve in one respect, or at least their manager should, and that is in the selection of a piece.  The amateurish stiffness of the players has disappeared and from thenceforth if the troupe is to be a permanent one, plays that afford a greater scope for the display of talent which they evidently possess, should be secured and put on. In "Tulu" Miss Ingersoll's beautiful physique, excellent stage bearing and perfect elocution, established her a favorite with the audience at the begeinning and she maintained throughout the impression made. Miss Katie Pumphrey as "Tulu" made a charming soubrette and evinced marked proficiency in the leading role. The juvenile part was assumed by Mrs. A. G. Coffin in a manner that so thoroughly captivated the audience that she again and again responded to the hearty encores. Messrs. Himel and Haggard were clever in their respective parts, likewise was Mr. George Tucker. Mr. Sam Coykendall sustained the heavy part in admirable manner. A snug sum was realized from the entertainment, and will set the ball rolling in great shape towards securing funds for the erection of a hospital in connection with the Tennessee Medical college. Source:  Knoxville Daily Journal and Tribune, May 11, 1891, page 5   The Sacred Concert The sacred concert feature at Lake Ottosee proved a pleasant and successful card and resulted handsomely for the benefit of the Knoxville Medical college hospital. Crouch's band rendered some very pretty selections and Prof. Milward sang a few selections in a most delightful manner.  His rich, strong baritone voice could be heard to the farthermost part of the park. It was estimated fully 2,500 people visited the park during the afternoon. Source:  Knoxville Daily Journal and Tribune, May 18, 1891, page 1   Society ... Early in April the dramatic club will give an entertainment at the theatre for the benefit of a hospital founded under the auspices of the Tennessee medical college.  The cast of characters includes Prof. Himel, Mrs. Coffin, Miss Pumphrey, Miss Ingersoll, Messrs. Haggard and Coykendall. ... Source:  Knoxville Daily Journal and Tribune, March 29, 1891, page 4

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