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Jean MacDonald ENTERTAINER figure Redpath figure figure figure Jean MacDonald Miss MacDonald's miscellaneous programs are built with the idea of giving every class of hearers something of the sort that is most enjoyed. At the same time she presents numbers that are remembered with profit after she has gone. The listener's age or degree of culture matters little. Everybody has a good time when Jean MacDonald is at the bat. Miss MacDonald is a Canadian girl of Scotch-Irish ancestry. She is a graduate of the London, Ontario, College of Expression, and has studied privately with such artists as Owen A. Smiley of Toronto and Edna Chaffee Noble of Detroit. In recent years she has made annual lyceum and chautauqua tours, under Redpath management. Her record for return engagements is a high compliment to her ability. With broad smile and keen sense of humor, Miss MacDonald grasps an audience with her first platform utterance. It seems to require but a nod of the head, a twist of the arm or a bit of a smile to make her hearers laugh. Her radiant humor is contagious. She delights in erasing lines of care with smiles, knowing that at the same time the young folks in her audience are being entertained. Everybody Feels at Home One of the typical comments received concerning the work of Miss MacDonald says: Our community is better for having had her among us. Scotch-Irish faces that were not given to smiling threw off their masks with reckless abandon. It certainly was a varied entertainment — entirely worth while. Features Dialect Stories Undoubtedly the Scotch-Irish ancestry of Jean MacDonald is a great aid in her dialect readings, for they are wonderfully true to life. No less remarkable are her impersonations of the small boy, the aged man, the winsome young school teacher and other interesting personalities. Certainly there is no monotony in her repertoire. She is equally good in humor and pathos, and as effective in stories of the Southland as she is in tales of the North and West where she is most at home. Among her Canadian friends Miss MacDonald is known as Bonnie Jean—the perfect scream. This title is well deserved, for she is a good-natured comedienne with an appeal that is universal. She has all the strength and virility that by custom are associated with those of Canadian lineage. For Miss MacDonald's entertainment the only stage property required is an ordinary chair of kitchen variety. Enjoys Visiting Schools I really enjoy and appreciate going to the schools in the towns I visit, wrote Miss MacDonald to the Redpath Bureau recently. She gives largely and freely of her time for the entertainment of the kiddies, and as a result her evening programs are well and favorably advertised in the homes of communities where she appears. Enthusiastic Approval None of the offices of the Redpath Bureau can recall having received an unfavorable report on Jean MacDonald. Her entertainment is so clean-cut and her personality so delightful that enthusiastic comments are the rule rather than the exception. Brief extracts from a few of these reports are added: Montgomery, W. Va.: A superabundance of vitality carries Miss MacDonald successfully thru her readings and impersonations. The younger members of her audience were especially pleased. Upper Sandusky, Ohio: She secured an undivided attention, at times culminating in breathless suspense and again swinging into roars of laughter. Hedrick, Iowa: Miss MacDonald came to us in fine spirits and when she left this morning all of us were in the same mood. Celina, Ohio: Nothing better was ever heard on the local lyceum platform than Miss MacDonald's closing number. Her remarks were so sincere, so eloquent and so simple that they went straight to every heart and left beautiful memories of a good-natured lass who will be welcomed back to Celina by many ardent admirers. Conroy, Iowa: Our audience was delighted. Miss MacDonald's readings are sufficiently varied to meet the demands of everyone. Her technique is such as to win the approval of the most exacting critic. Attica, Ohio: Never before have we witnessed such free and enthusiastic response from our people as they gave Jean MacDonald. We have heard many, many words of praise for her, and requests for her return have been numerous. Other Reports, from as Many States The audience was delighted with Miss MacDonald's work. She is exceptionally fine. Will she be available next year? Our audience enjoyed Miss MacDonald's second appearance in our town as well as the first time, and she proved her versatility by not repeating any of her first program. Miss MacDonald entertained a good-sized audience, considering the weather. The sidewalks were a glare of ice. As to her work, I have heard nothing but favorable comment. The audience seemed delighted. She was fine. Her press notices are not a bit exaggerated, and I believe the audience enjoyed her more than any other number we have had. Miss MacDonald was one of the best attractions that ever appeared on our course. She is the type of entertainer our people like. Her program was well rendered and interesting from beginning to end. I hope that you report this to Miss MacDonald as she was favorably impressed with the enthusiastic audience that heard her. Say all the good things about Jean MacDonald that you want to, and sign our names to it. The town is her's whenever she can return.
|Title||Jean MacDonald: entertainer|
|Topical Subject (LCSH)||
|Personal Name Subject||MacDonald, Jean|
|Digital Collection||Traveling Culture: Circuit Chautauqua in the Twentieth Century|
|Contributing Institution||University of Iowa. Libraries. Special Collections Dept.|
|Archival Collection||Redpath Chautauqua Collection|
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|Number of Pages||6|
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