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The Stone-Platt Trio Versatility Without Mediocrity Joy Makers Supreme The Stone-Platt Trio There is not on the lyceum platform today a more unique, novel, or brilliant trio of entertainers than the Stone-Piatt Trio. They are joy makers supreme, and have the art of fun making down to perfection, and keep the audience holding its sides with laughter during the entire program. Real Music Did you ever hear a person who could make real music on a banjo? Many musical critics say they never heard a banjo really played until they heard Vernon Stone. His playing is a revelation. Clever Impersonation ■ Electa Platt has no equal in clever impersonations and rollicking funny sketches, just bubbling over with real humor. While she is unquestion¬ably great in her more serious work, the audiences demand her humorous work and, as many people say, she is "simply a scream from start to finish." She is a very fine singer, having sung in several of New York's greatest church choirs. Novelty Numbers Did you ever hear a fairly good tune played on a one-string fiddle, made from an old cigar box? Many say it is worth the price of admission just to see the seriousness with which Stone plays, entering the spirit of his selection from "Il Trovatore" as though he was producing it on a "strad." Yet Stone, who is a first cousin of Fred Stone, of Montgomery & Stone fame, is a remarkable violinist, and his playing on his real violin reveals much power and brilliancy. Original Sketches Many of Miss Platt's sketches are original. It is said she can tell her story with her eyes alone. The New York Globe declared her "original and refreshing." The Atlanta Journal says "she made instant friendship with her audience." Assisting Mr. Stone and Miss Platt will be a first-class piano-accordion¬ist, whose playing will be featured in each program, adding to the novelty and attractiveness of the same. Echoes from the Press Montezuma, Iowa, Palladium: "The Stone-Piatt Trio were all good, as was evidenced by the number of come-backs. In fact, the audience nearly wore them out before they ceased calling for more and enthusiastically applauding.'' Seymour, Iowa, Leader: "They were full of pep and humor." Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, News: "The afternoon program was given by the Stone-Piatt Trio, a comely young lady and two young men. They were very versatile musicians, the members playing the accordion, banjo, violin, saxophone and piano, as well as all singing." Edina, Mo., Sentinel: "Miss Electa Platt was fine in clever comic mon¬ologues, and was repeatedly encored. Mr. Stone brought much harmony out of the banjo, and the accordionist rendered sweet music on his instru¬ment. Altogether this was one of the favorite musical companies of the season." Greenfield, Iowa, Press: "One of the most popular entertainment com¬panies of the week was the Stone-Piatt Trio. The readings of Miss Electa Piatt proved to be the popular produce of the trio. The music was very fine. People could hardly believe that such fine harmony could be pro¬duced on a banjo, saxaphone, and accordion." Stansberry, Mo., Headlight: "The Stone-Piatt Trio, barring the Weber Band, was the peer of anything we had. Miss Platt stands in a class by herself as a humorous entertainer, and her readings are all her own com¬positions. Mr. Stone certainly knew how to pick the banjo, and the ac¬cordionist was a wonder." Supt. V. A. Teeter, Richland, Iowa: "We were very much pleased with the Stone-Piatt Trio. They certainly made a hit and are the best number we have ever had on our lyceum course. The number will be a good draw¬ing card next year and we hope to engage them again, for they are real entertainers. Miss Platt kept the crowd in laughter throughout the en¬tire program and all went home feeling happy." Lake City, Iowa, Graphic: "The Chautauqua tent Tuesday afternoon was no place for people who are afraid to laugh, for Miss Platt, with her clever and original monologues kept the audience in an uproar from the time she stepped on the platform. The musical numbers, consisting of banjo, accordion, saxophone, and cigar-box fiddle, and vocal novelties by the trio, were full of pep, and formed a never-to-be-forgotten program."
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Musical revues & comedies
|Corporate Name Subject||Stone-Platt Trio|
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