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STUART ROGERS THE RENOWNED RECITER AND IMPERSONATOR. Figure WIT, HUMOR, SENTIMENT AND PATHOS. IN HIS Monologue Entertainment. Town Hall, Wed, Ev'ng, Nov. 25 STUART ROGERS. Stuart Rogers has been before the lyceum public thirteen consecutive years. He devised an original entertainment and it was an instant success. The result has been scores of imitators. Never in the history of lyceum entertainments has there been such a record of continued popularity. Mr. Rogers' business now is larger than ever before. There were over five hundred applications for him the past season, and he was thus compelled to begin his engagements in September and to extend the season into the middle of June — a remarkable showing. He appeared in Canada and the Provinces, and in every State from Maine to Nebraska — a wider territory than was covered by any other lyceum attraction, possibly excepting John B. Gough. TOMMY GRINDLE. A FEW POINTS ON THE ENTERTAINMENT. Mr. Rogers has the faculty of making his audience laugh or cry seemingly at his will. Mr. Rogers' wonderful versatility and the naturalness of his delineations have won for him, from the press, the title of The Actor of the Platform. Mr. Rogers makes all of the changes from one character to another instantaneously, and in the presence of the audience. Mr. Rogers is engaged again and again in the same places, and often twice in the same season. Mr. Rogers allows no obstacle within his control to prevent him from keeping his engagements. His record in this respect is remarkable. This character tells his little story in typical school-boy fashion. It always excites the heartiest laughter. EXTRACTS FROM LETTERS. Stuart Rogers, seven years ago, made our first course popular, and the last entertainment given by him for us this week, was a grand success. I can always get a first-class audience with Mr. Rogers, because his entertainment is so refined and amusing. I speak unqualifiedly when I say that Mr. Rogers' entertainment pleased our people better than any that has been given here for years. Mr. Rogers has repeatedly secured us the largest audiences of any entertainment in our courses. Be sure to save us an early date next season. The circulars and lithographs that you sent did the business. We had a big house. MR. ROGERS' ENTERTAINMENT is refined, instructive, and altogether pleasing. It is rare, in that it is attractive to all intelligent people. It is intellectual without being heavy; and it is humorous without being silly or vulgar. Mr. Rogers will make up his programmes for the coming season from his large library, which contains many sketches given solely by him, and much new, Interesting and original matter. A short list of recitations and sketches is here given, to show the character of the entertainment. The actual programme is never selected by Mr. Rogers until he meets his audience. RECITATIONS. Scenes from Romeo and Juliet—Hamlet—Henry VIII.—Taming of the Shrew—Julius Caesar — Enoch Arden — Bill Mason's Bride — Hetty McKewen — Widow Malone — The River Pilot — A Prologue — Darius Green (a new version) — Lady Clara Vere de Vere — The Sale of Old Bachelors — The Quarrelsome Italians — The Ghost — Ballad of the Boat — The Mother's Prayer; and Mr. Rogers' famous imitations of Booth, Barrett, Irving, and other celebrities. IMPERSONATIONS. The Old Scotchman (in costume) — The Beggar Boy (in costume) — Miss Amarynthia (in costume) — The Country Parson (in costume) — Bill, the Kidnapper (in costume) — Gus Fitztoodle (in costume) — Colonel Sellers (in costume) — Tommy Grindle (in costume) — The Outcast (in costume) — Jack Chuckle (in costume) — Aunty Piggins (in costume) — The Repentant Farmer (in costume) — The Vagabonds (in costume); and an impersonation, in full costume, of Oscar Wilde. All Engagements for Mr. Rogors, East of Ohio, are made by his Agent, ARTHUR L. BROWN, P. O. BOX 694, PROVIDENCE, R. I. All other Engagements are made by the REDPATH LYCEUM BUREAU, TRIBUNE BUILDING, CHICAGO, ILL. LATE PRESS NOTICES. STUART ROGERS.— We do not often report the entertainments given by strangers, or those of a dramatic nature; but, certainly, the treat given by Mr. Stuart Rogers, who appeared under the auspices of Cobourg Lodge of Odd Fellows last week, well merits a departure from the rule. His elocution was first-class; and he exhibited great taste in his selections and the utmost skill in their presentation. But his personations were especially remarkable for their cleverness and trueness to life. His powerin this department amounts to more than skill,—it is a genius which must have been partially native, and which could have been derived and perfected only after years of patient observation and practice. Too high praise could not be bestowed; for no such treat has ever been given the people of Cobourg in this department, since the days of the great personator, Whiston. We hope, some day, to welcome our Providence visitor to Cobourg again.— The Cobourg (Ont.) World, March 28th. A week later occurred the fourth entertainment, something altogether different, consisting of recitations and impersonations by Mr. Stuart Rogers. The audience was the largest of the season. The programme embraced a number of humorous and pathetic selections, a part of which were given in costume. His mimicry of voice and facial expression were excellent, and he was again and a rain greeted with bursts of laughter or applause. The scene between the Italians was capital, and his varying countenance and tone went far towards telling what was otherwise unintelligible. The absurdities of Gus Fitzfoodle and his kind were shown up. Miss Amarynthia could not have done better herself. The impersonation of Oscar Wilde in full costume, with an extract from one of his lectures, was very interesting. But we do not want to single out these pieces for special commendation, for others were as good and perhaps better. Mr. Rogers will not soon be forgotten.— The West Newbury (Mass.) Era, Dec. 25th. Mr. Rogers gave a delightful entertainment to an appreciative audience at the Opera House last evening, and those who remained away missed a rare treat. Mr. Rogers' reciting of comic and pathetic selections was exceedingly well done, and his character sketches were as near the originals as possible. Among these were Fitzfoodle, the ladies' man, Miss Amarynthia's experience at the Centennial, and an impersonation of Oscar Wilde in the costume of the future. The representation was striking in every particular, especially in the rising accent peculiar to the sun flower disciple. Mr. Rogers was heartily applauded at the conclusion of each selection.— Altoona (Pa.) Morning Tribune, March 26th. The entertainment in the Mechanics' Course last night was given by Stuart Rogers, whose great reputation as a reciter and impersonator has reached this city, though he has never been heard here before. Mr. Rogers was effective in the character sketches and very amusing in the humorous scenes, keeping the audience in great good humor. He will be very cordially greeted here should he come again, which we hope he will.— Worcester (Mass.) Spy, Dec. 12th. Mr. Rogers is devoid of that abominable pompousness, with which so many present themselves before an audience. He announces his subject quietly, and then throws all his powers into the recitation or sketch he presents. The impersonation of Oscar Wilde was the hit of the evening.— Petersburg (Va.) Index, Feb. 17th. In all of his impersonations, Mr. Rogers displayed great tact and skill, a prominent and interesting feature being the almost wonderful change of facial expression, rendering difficult characters distinctly recognizable by the simple appearance of the speaker.— Elmira (N. Y.) Advertiser, Dec. 29th. ROGERS, THE TALENTED RECITATIONIST.—Stuart Rogers, the recitationist and impersonator, delighted a crowded audience in Association Hall last evening. His specialities are such as call for the highest order of talent in elocution and mimicry, and he is certainly a rare genius upon the platform.— Reading (Pa) Times and Dispatch, Dec. 8th. THE COUNTRY PARSON. A parody on the unfortunate mannerisms of a certain kind of preachers. It is perfectly friendly in spirit and thoroughly refined. Mr. Rogers' sketches are rendered in a spirited manner. His imitations of the three great actors—Lawrence Barrett, Henry Irving and Edwin Booth — seemed to give good satisfaction to such of the audience as had witnessed performances by these gentlemen. His rendition of the dialogue between Hamlet and Horatio was also a very excellent piece of what might be called individual dialogue, and in another way the spirited altercation between an Italian family showed the great power Mr. Rogers has over his voice, and facial muscles. Darius Green and His Flying Machine convulsed the house, as it always does, while the story of Little Jim brought tears to the eye. Altogether the entertainment was a very enjoyable one.— Chatham (Ont.) Tribune, March 18th. Those who attended the entertainment given by Mr. Stuart Rogers in Bragg Hall, were unanimous in their expression that Mr. Rogers is one of the best elocutionists and character delineators who have ever appeared here. He has a fine voice, under perfect control, and has given to each selection rendered by him the most careful and intelligent study. His rendition of the dialogue between Hamlet and Horatio was exceedingly well done, while his character sketches were not only very clever, but true to life. Mr. Rogers has wonderful control of the facial muscles, and as a mimic, has few superiors. He had a large audience here and kept them interested from the beginning to the close of the entertainment.— The Jefferson City (Mo.) Daily Tribune, Feb. 22d. STUART ROGERS.—This talented gentleman gave a most amusing entertainment at the Academy last evening, before a large audience. Mr. Rogers possesses a great versatility of talent, and kept his listeners in a state of most appreciative amusement for two hours. Some of his changes are wonderful. His change of facial expression is often ridiculous, and his reading is almost without parallel.— Fort Wayne (Ind.) Daily News, Jan. 23d. The entertainment by Stuart Rogers last Friday evening was really a good one. He is truly a platform antist, both as a reciter and as an impersonator. His powers of mimicry and his control of facial expression have not been excelled here. His recitations were mostly satirical; but the programme was well selected and given in such nearly faultless manner as to win general approbation. A passage from Shakespeare — the scene where Cromwell brings to Cardinal Wolsey the news of the day from the Court from which the Cardinal has been banished — and perhaps a poem or two, were proof that Mr. Rogers was equal to graver pieces. The impersonations were fanciful character sketches — humorous and pathetic — and were exceedingly well given. Mr. Rogers has, certainly, well-deserved fame and renown as a platform actor.— State Centre (Iowa) Enterprise, Feb. 14th. The second entertainment in the course under the auspices of the Improvement Society was given at Brooks Hall, Friday evening, at which time Stuart Rogers, of Providence, gave some of his select readings and impersonations, which were listened to with great pleasure by the audience that filled the hall. Mr. Rogers was warmly applauded after each effort, both for his excellent rendering and the facial expressions employed. Especially was this true in the closing piece of the evening, in which he disclaimed any intention of caricaturing Mr. Wilde, but only desired to show his style. So well was it done that those who had heard Mr. Wilde declared the impersonation to be perfect.— Medford (Mass.) Mercury and Chronicle, Nov. 16th. The character impersonations of Stuart Rogers, at the City Hall last night, were of a high order. The evening's programme was divided into two parts, dramatic recitations and impersonations. Among the most pleasing of his recitations were Will Carlton's Over the Hills to the Poor House, and Holmes' Darius Green and His Flying Machine, and when he personated, in turn, three Italians speaking Italian, the listener was forced to look twice to assure himself that it was one person doing all the talking. He closed the evening's entertainment by impersonating Oscar Wilde in an art lecture, which drew much applause from the audience.— Springfield (Mass.) Union, Nov. 17th. THE OUTCAST. The tenderness and depth of feeling with which MR. ROGERS portra this character, touches a responsive chord in every heart. MISS AMARYNTHIA. This satirical sketch introduces an elderly maiden, who relates to a riend her experiences at the Centennial. It is one of Me ROGERS' pronounced successes. THE OLD SCOTCHMAN. This character tells a most dramatic story of the downfall of his only son. It is a marvelous piece of artistic acting, and adds greatly to the variety of MR. ROGERS' entertainment. GUS FITZFOODLE. One of the funniest of MR. ROGERS' funny pieces. It never fails to please the audience. It is a type of character to be found in every community.
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