May Elaine Kirby
CUTTINGS FROM PLAYS
It gives me great pleasure to recommend May E. Kirby as a reader of charm. Her personality is especially pleasing, her taste excellent and her purpose honest and sincere. Her reading is distinctly artistic.
Corol Hoyt Powers.
Miss M. Elaine Kirby is a reader whose work makes an unfailing appeal. I recently heard her present a scene from Pygmalion and Galatea and aside from being gratified by her definite intellectual grasp and presentation of her literature, I was most pleasantly impressed by the sweetness of her voice and the unconcious beauty of her bearing and movements. Her work remains in my thought as a series of beautiful pictures breathing forth an atmosphere difficult to describe, but irresistable in effect.
Edith M. Herrick, Formerly of the Faculty of Leland Powers School.
It has been my pleasure to hear Miss M. Elaine Kirby read on several occasions. I regard her as possessing exceptional talent as an interpreter of the best literature. Her personality and training insure success in her platform work.
Henry L. Wriston, Pastor Tremont St. M. E. Church, Boston, Mass.
On Tuesday night at Steinert Hall in the graduation recital of The Leland Powers School Miss Kirby made her first appearance before a representative Boston audience in the famous statue scene from Pygmalion and Galatea. Tall and slender, gowned in white satin, silver-trimmed, she typified the character of Galatea ideally. And her excellent reading surprised even those who expected most of her.
But it was on Friday morning, in a scene from Hamlet that Miss Kirby won her real success. Her acting of the role was the genuine hit of the scene. She donned an effective young manhood with her doublet and hose. Her self-confidence, her physical and mental poise, her grace of movement she suited admirably to her masculine character.
MAY ELAINE KIRBY
DRAMATIC READER AND INSTRUCTOR
GRADUATE OF THE SCHOOL OF THE SPOKEN WORD
Where for two years she has been daily under the personal instruction of
whose reputation is National
Foremost Shakesperian Reader in America and for four years Instructor of Oratory and English Diction at Harvard College
RACHEL NOAH FRANCE
Formerly connected in leading parts with Joseph Jefferson, Edwin Booth, Mary Anderson and other world renowned actors and actresses
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