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Figure KATHERINE JEWELL EVERTS IN HER DRAMATIC IMPERSONATIONS MANAGEMENT OF THE MUTUAL LYCEUM BUREAU 55 AUDITORIUM BUILDING CHICAGO M ISS EVERTS has the honor of announcing as her new programme an unpublished play and monologue written especially for her by Miss Alice Brown. Her Letters A Monologue Alice Brown My Lady's Ring A Comedy Alice Brown Founded on an anonymous story from Temple Bar CHARACTERS HÉLÈNE ROMANOFF A Russian Princess PRINCE ROMANOFF Her Husband ELISE Her Maid ANNINA An Italian Peasant Girl IPPOLITO Annina's Lover BEPPO Annina's Father VANNA Annina's Mother GAZAGNAIRE A Solicitor TORNELLI An Italian Jeweler MISS EVERTS also Presents the Following ProgrammesJOCELYN LEIGH Mary Johnston CHARACTERS THE LADY JOCELYN LEIGH The King's Ward SIR GEORGE YEARDLEY Governor of Virginia CAPT. RALPH PERCY Gentleman Adventurer LORD CARNAL The King's Favorite JEREMY SPARROW Play-Actor and Priest JOHN ROLFE Friend of Captain Percy DICCON Servant to Captain Percy NICOLO Physician to Lord Carnal ACT I. She Takes My Name. Scene I. We meet the King's Favorite. Scene II. We refuse to quarrel. ACT II. She Seeks My Protection. Scene I. We meet the King's Favorite. Scene II. We drink of the same cup. ACT III. She Shares My Lot. Scene I. We outwit my Lord Carnal. Scene II. We learn the King's mind. Scene III. We defy the King's writ. ACT IV. She Accepts My Love. THE SPANISH GYPSY George Eliot CHARACTERS FEDALMA The Spanish Gypsy DON SILVA Duke of Bedmár FATHER ISIDOR Prior of San Domingo ZARCA Chief of the Zincali LOPEZ Captain of the Guards JUAN A Troubadour LORENZO Host of the Tavern HINDA A Gypsy Maiden Scene I. A Tavern in Bedmár. Scene II. The Plaça Santiago. Scene III. A Room in the Castle. Scene IV. Fedalma's Apartments. Scene V. The Gypsy Camp. Scene VI. The Spanish Fortress. THE LOVE CHASE A COMEDY J. Sheridan Knowles CHARACTERS CONSTANCE WILDRAKE Her Lover SIR WILLIAM FONDLOVE Her Father TRUEWORTH A Friend WIDOW GREEN LYDIA Maid to Widow Green WALLER In Love with Lydia ARMGART George Eliot CHARACTERS ARMGART A Singer HERR LEO Her Music Master GRAF DORNBERG Her Lover DOCTOR GRAHN Her Physician WALPURGA Her Cousin and Companion I. Place for the Queen of Song! II. I will bury my dead joy. COMEDY AND TRAGEDY W. S. Gilbert CHARACTERS CLARICE An Actress D' AULNAY Her Husband DUC D'ORLEANS DOCTOR CHOQUART AND OTHER GUESTS I. This is a trap! II. She is an actress indeed. FOUR OF SHAKESPEARE'S HEROINES AS YOU LIKE IT ACT III. I thank God I am not a woman. ACT IV. Come! woo me, woo me! ROMEO AND JULIET ACT II. Art thou not Romeo? ACT III. Wilt thou be gone? ACT IV. This do I drink to thee! THE MERCHANT OF VENICE ACT I. I pray thee over-name them. ACT IV. A Daniel come to judgment! TWELFTH NIGHT ACT I. My master loves you. ACT II. I am the man! ACT II. Sir, shall I to this lady? Opinions of Dramatic Critics and Artists upon Miss Everts's Work FROM LELAND POWERS You are an artist, and a very gifted one. You handle your play, your audience, and yourself like a master. You were a revelation to me. LELAND T. POWERS. FROM MR. OTIS SKINNER I am sure that in selecting your new line of work you have found a genuine means of achieving success. Your qualifications should place you in the very front rank. OTIS SKINNER . FROM THE REVEREND LUTHER CADY, IOWA CITY I had the great pleasure of listening to Miss Katherine Jewell Everts. I have heard many, but in simplicity, fervidness, poise, self-forgetfulness and spiritual interpretation she excels them all. LUTHER CADY . FROM DR. CYRUS NORTHROP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA Miss Everts is a most attractive and accomplished reader. I have heard her at various entertainments and always with great delight. I commend her with entire confidence to the favor of the public. CYRUS NORTHROP . FROM MISS JULIA MARLOWE MY DEAR KATHERINE EVERTS :—I have heard a great many people read, but can safely say you are among the few, very few, that I have really enjoyed. I predict for you a high place. It gives me pleasure to say this. I wish you all possible success. JULIA MARLOWE . FROM MR. LELAND POWERS In her art she is strong, delicate and true. In saying this of Miss Everts, one still fails to convey the impression produced by her reading:—the impression of fine intelligence, poetic feeling, of powerful grasp of situation, of true sense of values. She is unusual, and it is a privilege to listen to her interpretation. LELAND T. POWERS . FROM C. F. ANSLEY, DEAN OF DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH, UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Anyone who enjoys good literature will enjoy the readings of Miss Katherine Jewell Everts. Her interpretations are intelligent and refined, and she possesses true dramatic power. She is adequate without overstepping the modesty of nature; and herein lies the altogether pleasing individuality of her style. C. F. ANSLEY . FROM DR. IRWIN SHEPARD, SECRETARY OF THE NATIONAL EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATION Miss Katherine Jewell Everts has done much to advance the standard of literary taste through her remarkable gift of simple, direct, unaffected expression, by which she reveals to her hearers her own rare insight into the thoughts of the best authors. I congratulate those who will have the opportunity of knowing her in her chosen field of work. IRWIN SHEPARD . FROM MISS CHARLOTTE PORTER, EDITOR OF Poet-Lore Aside from appreciation of such special points as the music of Miss Everts's voice, the persuasiveness of her stage presence, the sensitiveness of her poetic insight, I am glad now while the part she so completely filled for me in Browning's The Return of the Druses is still stirring in more minds than mine, to express my deepest pleasure in what seems to me the distinctive quality of her work as a whole—its rare fusion of delicacy and force. CHARLOTTE PORTER . FROM MR. HOWARD M. TICKNOR The reading of Miss Katherine Everts has peculiar interest, beauty, and worth. Based on the correct perceptions and clear insight of a fine, well-trained mind, it is graced by ideality, and colored by warm and delicate sentiment and earnest emotion. Decision and strength it also has, and it is illustrated on occasion by apposite gesture and action. It is to be commended then as characterized by sincerity, truth, and elegance, and as sure to give delight. HOWARD M. TICKNOR . PRESS NOTICES Miss Everts, a slender girl, fair in face and graceful in figure, blessed with a sweet, fresh voice, modest and unaffected, yet self-possessed in manner, appeared, on her first appeal both to eye and to ear, to be very fortunate in the gifts of nature. And presently it was made equally plain that culture of those gifts had been careful and effective through the young artist's quick and docile intelligence. There was no flagging of interest from the start to the finish of the romantic tale of love and adventure. Miss Everts achieved real success. The soul of sincerity and sensibility seems to possess her. Miss Everts's unintermitted vivacity and freshness, her power of entering into every situation, and her aptness in feeling character and expressing it through its various emotional manifestations were definitely demonstrated. Her gift of histrionic discrimination was manifest and often exercised both with strength and subtlety. Jocelyn Leigh's face, in moments of fear, anger, or offended pride, was fine; but its sweetness and shyness were very beautiful, perhaps no more beautiful than the singularly sunny looks, mixed of amusement, dignity, gentleness, respect, and affection, which radiated from Capt. Ralph Percy's face in his early interviews with Jocelyn Leigh. The identity of every one of the less conspicuous personages was sharply and effectively preserved. The evening proved to be an occasion of much delight. It was not marred by a moment of dullness.— Henry Austin Clapp. Boston Advertiser. Miss Everts displayed much cleverness in her cutting of Miss Johnston's popular story, and in her arrangement of the selected parts in a succession of scenes in which the Lady Jocelyn Leigh is the central figure of this glowing romance—a figure that was very beautiful indeed, as portrayed by Miss Everts. From the first moment of introduction to this masquerading maid, the interest of the audience never flagged. It was a positive pleasure to follow the brave, high-spirited girl to the home of her chivalrous husband, in the forest country. It was interesting, when at Jamestown, to watch her as she stood there, in all the dignity and pride of her beautiful womanhood, and faced—his quest for her being ended—my Lord Carnal, the favorite of the king. And not less lovely was she when, as the unspoken pledge of her devotion, she drank the red wine from the cup that was held to her lips. Likewise in the closing scenes, when, after learning the king's mind, his writ is defied, the witching sweetness and unswerving loyalty of the woman were apparent throughout. Miss Everts is to be much commended for thus subtly presenting so admirable a character, and well merited the appreciative applause extended to her by her audience.— Boston Transcript. The most finished and delightful entertainment of the kind that we have had an opportunity of hearing for many a year. Miss Everts had not been five minutes on the stage before she had her audience under her sway, and she held it there until she bowed her final adieu. Youth, beauty and an attractive presence, were happily blended with an art that was delicate, finished and true, as the story was unfolded. With no accessories of footlights, orchestra, scenery or costume, this charming artist took, in swift succession, eight parts, changing in voice, features and presence to meet their requirements. Smiles, tears, breathless attention and applause followed her. Her work throughout was a real triumph.— Montpelier Journal. Miss Everts gave her conception of each character by the intonations of a remarkably flexible voice, the lightning-like changes of a peculiarly mobile face, the flash of an all-compelling eye, and the impressiveness of bearing and gesture. The condensation of the story is little short of perfect. Indefinably sweet, captivating, and all-conquering were Miss Everts's voice, pose and bearing. The recital was a revelation. The gifted artist held her listeners' closest attention, charmed them, amused them, thrilled them and entranced them by turns.— Iowa City State Press. The large audience was as quiet toward the close of the selection as at its beginning. This alone is volumes of praise for the speaker. Her voice adapts itself easily to the different characters portrayed and in any phase carries easily to the farthest corner of the auditorium. Her enunciation is very clear cut and perfect and makes her very easily understood. Miss Everts's appearance on the platform is graceful and winning. It will be strange, indeed, if she does not become a favorite with Chautauqua audiences.— Boulder Camera. Katherine Jewell Everts is a young woman who should, perhaps, be known as an impersonator rather than a reader. She has a charming presence, and her voice is singularly rich and mobile. She has facility in character portrayal, and her range is a wide one, including, as it does in this instance, swashbuckler, villain, gentleman, and the lady, Jocelyn Leigh. As to Jocelyn, it may be fairly said that she is a creation, a woman of heroic mold, full of fire and sweet subtleties.— Boston Journal. Miss Everts's voice is wonderful. Her perfect poise, the ease with which she carried the parts and her graceful gestures and charming manner lead one unconsciously into the very life of the tale. She interested her audience from the outset, and when the part of the story which deals with the scene in the Virginia woods was reached, the thrilling manner in which she rehearsed Diccon's story, showed conclusively that she was a thorough master of the many difficult parts.— Montpelier Argus. This versatile young woman achieved a noteworthy success from two points of view. As a literary effort, her adaptation was clever. Dramatically, the illusion was well sustained. Her delivery was simple, unaffected, and spontaneous; her whole manner a grateful departure from obvious and hackneyed methods of reading. Especially in her motions and gestures was she wonderfully graceful, and her own piquant personality added not a little charm to an evening of unusual mental refreshment.— Boston Beacon. The performance was enthusiastically received. Miss Everts's manner is highly artistic, her enunciation clear and full of expression, while the versatility of her genius was shown in the ease with which she assumed the different impersonations, becoming, in turn, impassioned, tender, amusing or pathetic, in such rapid succession it was difficult to realize the rôles were all assumed by the same person and not portrayed by the entire cast required by the play.— Baltimore American. She possesses a strong and pleasing face which easily responds to almost every human emotion. Her attractive presence and graceful carriage aid in making her a charming figure upon the platform. Miss Everts read the more dramatic portions of George Eliot's Spanish Gypsy. She kept the thread of the story, and held the audience's close attention from beginning to close, the reading lasting about an hour.— Minneapolis Tribune. Miss Everts is a girl of remarkable talent, possessing a sweet fresh voice, which she used effectively in portraying the dramatic scenes of the novel, and interest never flagged from the moment she began until the romantic tale of love and adventure was finished. The version of the novel was a neat condensation of the principal features of the book, and the four acts were replete with delightful impersonations of the various characters.— Newark Advertiser. Jocelyn Leigh is a well-arranged play in four acts, with Miss Everts as the sole actor. She held her audience throughout the drama. The characters, Sir George Yeardley, Capt. Ralph Percy, Lord Carnal, Jeremy Sparrow, John Rolfe, Diccon, Nicolo and winsome Jocelyn Leigh were vividly portrayed in voice and gesture in a succession of scenes which occupied about two hours.— Newark Call. For an hour and thirty minutes the audience sat motionless, entirely absorbed in the characters the artist was portraying to them. At times the interest was so intense it was almost painful, and a genuine sigh of relief came involuntarily and unconsciously from many as a critical point in the life of the heroine was passed.— Iowa City Republican. In her delivery Miss Everts departs from the traditional style; simplicity, naturalness, spontaneity characterizing her reading. Endowed with a fine stage presence, gifted with a rarely musical voice, and dramatic ability, Miss Everts cannot fail to impress her audience wherever she may appear in her chosen art.— Winona. Her versatility in rapidly changing from one character to another seems to destine her for a bright future. Miss Everts is picturesque in appearance, and possesses a well-modulated voice, rich and deep in tone, and was thoroughly at her ease.— Boston Herald. Her work is simple yet forceful, direct yet subtile[sicsubtle], and won a place for her in the admiration of faculty and students that will call for her return in the course next year.— Iowa State University News Bulletin. In the pathetic passages she was so natural, so simple, so close to the spirit of the character that more than once she melted her audience to visible emotion.— St. Paul Pioneer Press. Miss Everts read with fine effect, impersonating the different characters and giving a wonderful impression of color and vivid life through each.— Chicago Record-Herald.
|Title||Katherine Jewell Everts|
|Topical Subject (LCSH)||Impersonation|
|Personal Name Subject||Everts, Katherine Jewell|
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