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Figure Figure THE BONNIE BRIER BUSH A Delightful Musical Play Redpath The Scottish Musical Comedy Company in THE BONNIE BRIER BUSH ANOTHER John E. Daniels musical success is The Bonnie Brier Bush, which is being offered by The Scottish Musical Comedy Company this season. This delightful musical play is based on three of Ian Maclaren's works—Beside the Bonnie Brier Bush, In the Days of Auld Lang Syne and Kate Carnegie. The scene is laid in the village of Drumtochty, Scotland, about the year 1873. Here we find Margaret Howe of Whinny Knowe; William Maclure, a doctor of the old school; Posty, the village letter carrier; Lachlan Campbell, a shepherd; Flora Campbell, his daughter, and Donald Hay, son of Lord Kilspindie. A love story as fragrant as a breath of Scotch heather has developed between Flora and Donald, the laird's son. How it threatens to end in disaster because of the suspicious, bigoted nature of Flora's father Lachlan Campbell; and how the warm kindliness of Margaret Howe and the quaint philosophy of Doctor Maclure conspire to melt the father's heart and restore happiness to all, is deftly unfolded in this charming play. While there is much of pathos and sentiment in the first act, the second is a riot of humor, song and story—an evening of joy for all. Press Comments The Scottish Musical Comedy Company is surely popular with Lawrence audiences. This was evidenced by the crowd that stormed City Hall last evening when the company presented its new sketch 'The Bonnie Brier Bush.' Last spring the same company appeared on the local course presenting at that time 'The Cotter's Saturday Night' so impressively that it was considered the best offering of the season. 'The Bonnie Brier Bush,' which throughout the first act follows the stories of Ian Maclaren with quite strict adherence to the text, is a quaint compound of pathos and humor. The story centers in Lachlan Campbell and his daughter Flora. Lachlan is the type of Scot of the old dispensation, who rules with an iron hand and heeds only negative law. He misinterprets the advances of young Laird Hay and by his sternness and misunderstanding drives Flora from home. Of course the audience took to William Maclure, a doctor of the old school, a kindlydisposed old gentleman, and heartily applauded their approval when he told Lachlan that he needed 'less piety and more pity.' It was the direct appeal of Margaret Howe and the subtle arguments of Doctor Maclure that finally brought about the transformation of Lachlan and the ultimate reconciliation. The second act is a good foil to the first, being full of good humor and song. It is the occasion of the rejoicing over the return of Flora and the happy conclusion of her love affair. It was good to hear the gems of Scottish song sung by such artists and to the manor born. The audience witnessed a wholesome show and went away happy.— Telegram, Lawrence, Mass. The play smacks of Scottish life, and preserves the impressions of real existence among the highlands by retaining the dialect and introducing the costumes of the natives. It was admirably presented. Every member of the company is an artist, and their singing was, as expected, a musical treat.— Item, Pawtucket, R. I. Scottish songs are always charming but it is only as sung with the rich 'burr' of the Scottish tongue that they are heard at their best. Manchester rarely hears the old ballads, the stirring war songs and the austere hymns of Scotland sung so acceptably as by the members of the Scottish Musical Comedy Company which presented 'The Bonnie Brier Bush' last evening under the Clan McKenzie's auspices.— The Union, Manchester, N. H. It was an evening of genuine delight.— The Press, Portland, Me. Printed in U. S. A.
|Title||"The Bonnie Brier Bush": a delightful musical play|
|Topical Subject (LCSH)||
|Personal Name Subject||
Daniels, John E.
|Corporate Name Subject||Scottish Musical Comedy Company|
|Digital Collection||Traveling Culture: Circuit Chautauqua in the Twentieth Century|
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|Archival Collection||Redpath Chautauqua Collection|
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|Number of Pages||2|
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