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Figure MRS. IDA M. BAILEY Reader and Teacher of Vocal Expression STUDIO: 11 ANTISDEL COURT CITIZENS PHONE 9579 GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN WHAT A FEW EDUCATORS AND CLERGYMEN SAY OF MRS. BAILEY'S WORK. This is to certify that Mrs. Ida M. Bailey has studied under my instruction, both in private lessons and in class work. She is one of the most thoroughly conscientious and sympathetic students it has ever been my pleasure to meet. She had been actively interested in the work of Expression for years when she came to me, and brought with her a strong personality that enabled her to go to the bottom of things. She caught the true philosophy of Expression in a most gratifying fashion. Few readers will be found who can go more directly to the heart of the subject or bring the subject closer to the heart of the audience than Mrs. Bailey.—C. Edmund Neil, Professor of Oratory, West Virginia University. It gives me great pleasure to state that I consider Mrs Bailey to be one of the most satisfactory pupils 1 ever had. She possesses talent combined with earnestness, and a capacity for hard work. Her style is natural and devoid of affectation. Her voice is of considerable range and exceedingly flexible. Her selections are handled with a delicacy of appreciation and delivery that mark her work as being that of a conscientious, painstaking artist.—Paul P. Davis, Reader and Dramatic Teacher. It has been my pleasure to hear Mrs. Ida M. Bailey give several programs in the last few months. Her work is of a high order, clearly thought out, skillfully interpreted and expressed; and the audience is held in the grasp of the rendition to the last sentence. Mrs. Bailey's programs will not only do good by their general character, but their rendering will increase the interest of the audience in literary work and will add to the lecture course or society an influence that will be felt and remembered in the community.—I. B. Gilbert, Supt. of Public Schools, Traverse City, Mich. Mrs. Bailey has the advantage over many elocutionists now before the public in being a careful and enthusiastic student of literature as a whole for its own sake, as well as along the lines of elocutionary effort. Any audience will find her entertaining and instructive to a marked degree—F. T. Aldrich, Supt. of Armada Schools. DRAMAS THAT HAVE BEEN ADDED TO MRS. BAILEY'S REPERTOIRE. The Liars Jones Mrs. Dane's Defense Jones Tomorrow MacKaye The Return of Peter Grimm Belasco In the Vanguard Trask Justice Galsworthy The Melting Pot Zangwell ADDITIONAL COMMENTS, PRESS AND PERSONAL. Mrs. Bailey's reading of Mrs. Dane's Defense is a powerful and vivid presentation of a vital subject.—Francis R. Godolphin, Rector Grace Church, Oak Park, Ill. In the reading of Mrs. Dane's Defense Mrs. Bailey held the audience spelbound for more than an hour.— Grand Rapids Press Club Review. Mrs. Bailey's reading of The Jiner carried the audience by storm.— Mancelona Herald. I have heard many of our leading dramatic readers, and I believe Mrs. Ida M. Bailey would please an entire audience better than any one to whom I have ever listened.—C. R. Dockey, Traverse City Normal Institute. Of The Liars the Belding Banner says: It was the best entertainment of its kind ever given in our city. Mrs. Bailey's King Robert of Sicily was a magnificent piece of impersonation.— Michigan Rebekah. Mrs. Bailey's happy faculty of holding her audience made the afternoon one long to be remembered.— Lowell Ledger. Mrs. Ida M. Bailey gave a scholarly reading of The Return of Peter Grimm.— Grand Rapids Herald. In her reading of The Return of Peter Grimm Mrs. Bailey not only gave vivid interpretation but brought out the psychological phases of the play, as well as its dramatic qualities.— Grand Rapids Press Club Review. Mrs. Bailey was most charming and entertaining in her miscellaneous program.— Cheboygan Daily Tribune. Cheboygan has too few such high class entertainments as Mrs. Bailey gave.— Cheboygan Democrat. Mrs. Bailey's resonant voice, her splendid elocution and vivid characterization, presented clearly to the imagination the scene, the persons and the development of the story.— Evening Press. Your reading of If I Were King received only words of highest praise and all the people are anxious to have you again next season.—F. L. Currey, Pastor First Baptist Church, Ithaca. In Mrs. Bailey's reading of The Liars the character work was especially fine.— Club Review. Should you like to possess a heart of pity; have some confidence in humanity, and realize that life is, after all, worth living, hear Mrs. Bailey and enjoy at least one evening of recreation.—Woodford P. Law, D. D., Great Falls, Montana. Mrs. Bailey made a great many friends by her reading of The Servant in the House here, and all would be pleased to hear her should she come to us again.—H. T. Blodgett, Supt. of Schools, Elk Rapids, Mich. The Servant in the House, as rendered by Mrs. Bailey, has an added charm and interpretation. To miss an opportunity to hear this great book as read by her will be to have missed a great treat.—Charles D. Atwell, D. D., Park Ridge, Ill. I consider Mrs. Ida M. Bailey as one of the very few capable of handling tragedy, pathos and comedy to the pleasure of the audience. I have listened to her many times and on each occasion she has shown deep study and a clear conception of the subject handled.—Neal McMillan, U. S. Consul, Sarnia, Ont. OPINIONS OF NEWS CRITICS. Mrs. Bailey's recitative work is full of soul and dignity both in grave and gay selections.— Grand Rapids Herald. Mrs. Ida M. Bailey is a reader of more than ordinary ability, and combines naturalness with originality and grace.— Reading Hustler. Mrs Ida M. Bailey read F. Hopkinson smith's Hom Grogan. Her characterization of Smith's indomitable heroine as well as of her foes, and several of the minor characters was warmly commended, and the charming play for humor and pathos throughout the reading was also spoken of with enthusiasm. The reading was altogether one of the most choice the club has ever enjoyed.— Grand Rapids Evening Press. Mrs. Bailey held the closest attention of her audience for more than an hour and a half. During that time she carried her listeners to the heights of the sublime, caused the tear of sympathy to fall, and made the house ring with laughter.— Rockford Register, Rockford, Mich. The dramatic readings by Mrs. Ida M. Bailey were first-class. She is a very gifted woman and showed wonderful versatility and power.— Grand Ledge Independent. The entertainment of Tuesday night at the opera house was a notable event. A large audience listened to Mrs Ida M. Bailey in her presentation of the much talked of drama, The Servant in the House. The highest commendation that can be given the reader is that she proved a worthy and vivid exponent of the beautiful drama Her own clear understanding of it she ably conveyed to her listeners, and not only the thought, but the feeling. It was a strong piece of work and highly appreciated by her audience.— Elk Rapids Progress. Mrs. Ida M. Bailey's reading last evening was a very enjoyable interpretation of S. R. Crockett's novel, The Play Actress. The novel has been dramatized by Mrs. Bailey with literary skill, and the interpretation of the scenes and incidents were most effectively given, with excellent taste and feeling. The characters came before the audience most true to life, as with voice and gesture Mrs. Bailey portrayed their personal qualities with the skill of an artist. It was an ambitious piece of work and well done.— Traverse City Daily Eagle. The reading, If I Were King, given Friday evening at the City opera house by Mrs. Ida M. Bailey, was a pronounced success. All who were there gave it as their opinion that it was the best entertainment of the kind that has ever been given in Traverse City. The story is intensely dramatic from beginning to end, and the attention of the audience was held throughout the four sections into which the recital was divided.— The Record-Eagle, Traverse City, Mich Last evening's reading of The Servant in the House by Mrs. Ida M. Bailey of Grand Rapids was greatly appreciated and enjoyed by all present. The interest of the audience was held completely during the whole evening. Every character was so effectively introduced before the reading and so distinctly portrayed throughout it, that all of them seemed living and present.— Manistee Daily Advocate. A large and appreciative audience greeted Mrs. Ida M. Bailey and listened with the closest attention to her fine interpretation of Justin Huntley McCarthy's drama, If I Were King. The character of the king was strongly portrayed, while the other characters were impersonated with clearness.— Grand Rapids Herald. The entertainment given by Mrs. Ida M. Bailey was thoroughly enjoyed by all present. Those who had the pleasure of hearing her on her first appearance before a Sparta audience, would be pleased to welcome her on a return entertainment at an early date.— Sparta Sentinel. It would not be fair to Mrs. Ida M. Bailey or to the superb play which she presented, to term the rendition she gave of The Servant in the House as a recital or reading, for it was more than that—it was the bringing out of characters of the play and the possibilities therein with a distinctness that gave her the undivided attention of a large audience for two hours. Enough cannot be said of the faultless enunciation, the magnificent impersonation, and above all the exact understanding of the many whims of the characters which she displayed in a manner which would seem impossible in a reading.— The Daily Eagle, Traverse City, Mich. Mrs. Ida M. Bailey gave a program of readings, choosing representative numbers from several of the best short-story writers. She opened with two stories from the pen of the late O. Henry, A Madison Square Arabian Knight, and The Guilty Party, both being sketched so closely to human life and its perils as to leave one in deep thought. A story for the cynic or the skeptic was the next number, Bob's Tramp, by F. Hopkinson Smith, giving one renewed faith in the truth and sincerity of his fellowmen. Five Years At Hard Labor, by Hamilton Osborne, dealing as it does with the awful canker sore of our land—graft and its accompanying bribery—left one praying for men at home strong to resist the lure of unearned gold. Mrs. Bailey closed her program with a very dramatic and effective rendering of Edgar Allen Poe's poem. The Bells.— The Cadillac Daily Globe.
|Title||Mrs. Ida M. Bailey|
|Topical Subject (LCSH)||Orators|
|Personal Name Subject||Bailey, Ida M.|
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