Press Clippings for the week ending
Saturday, 30 August 2008

A random selection of clippings
from newspapers and magazines

Ella Wesner appears at the
Cambridge music hall,
London, June/July 1871

Ella Wesner

Ella Wesner (1841-1917), American dancer, singer and male impersonator.

Miss Wesner's sisters Mary, Sallie, Lizzie and Margaret were also actresses.

(photo: Sarony, New York, circa 1870; for several, later photographs of Miss Wesner
as a male impersonator, see the New York Public Library Digital Gallery)

'Miss Ella Wesner, the new and popular American impersonator of male characters, delighted everybody by the spirited and finished style in which she sang ''I'm the pet of the ladies,'' ''Glorious champagne,'' ''Pistols for two,'' and ''The light fantastic toe.'' In response to an earnest recall she danced as well.'
(The Era, London, Sunday, 2 July 1871, p.5c)

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Nita Clavering recites Rudyard Kipling's
'The Absent-minded Beggar'
during a benefit performance at
the Metropolitan music hall,
Edgware Road, London, November 1899

Nita Clavering

Nita Clavering (fl. 1893-1903),
English musical comedy actress and music hall singer
(photo: Elliott & Fry, London, circa 1895)

'The complimentary benefit entertainment to Mr J.W. Edgar, the popular manager of the fine variety palace in Edgware-road, had many special features, but perhaps the greatest enthusiasm was caused by the recital of Rudyard Kipling's ''Absent-minded Beggar,'' by Miss Nita Clavering, the well-known actress-vocalist. The house was hushed to silence during the recitation, but directly it was over there was a perfect rain of coins over the footlights, but very few of them being caught in Miss Clavering's appealing tambourine. While stage men were collecting the silver and bronze, waiters were busy collecting on salvers among the audience, and the sum total reached 5 13. 10d, which will go to swell the fund that is being realised by Rudyard Kipling's poem in all parts of the country. The incident concluded with the playing of ''Rule, Britannia,'' and the singing of ''God Save the Queen.'''
(The Era, London, Saturday, 18 November 1899, p. 21a)

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husband and wife,
Louis Mann and Clara Lipman in
The Laughing Girl, on a tour of
the United States, December 1893

Clara Lipman


Clara Lipman (1869-1952),
American actress and singer

(photo: Schloss, New York, mid 1890s)

'Miss Clara Lipman and Louis Mann in the Laughing Girl.
'Miss Clara Lipman, who scored a decided hit in Incog, will assume the role of Gertrude in the Laughing Girl, which will be produced at the Barton [Fresno, California] Thursday evening, December 7th [1893], in conjunction with Louis Mann and a competent company.
'San Francisco Post says: ''Miss Clara Lipman is a beautiful actress and what is more acts naturally and well. She won her way to the hearts of the audience at once. She is probably one of the best looking women on the stage.'''
(The Fresno Bee, Fresno, California, Sunday, 3 December 1893, p. 4c)

'The Laughing Girl.
'A Highly Amused Audience Laughed With Her.
'A fair size audience was The Laughing Girl at the Barton last night. Considerable interest was attached to the production because of its author, Mrs. D.F. Verdenal, who is the mother of Mrs. Colonel Forsyth of this city.
'Mrs. Verdenal proved her ability as a play writer some time ago and this, her latest play, is very creditable. It abounds in funny situations and has considerable witty dialogue. The audience was a very appreciative one and did not stint its applause. 'Louis Mann was very amusing as Professor Hauseman, the bashful lover, and received the lion's share of the applause. Miss Clara Lipman, as Gertrude Sanders, the laughing girl, made the best of her role. The support was fair.
'The curtain raiser, The Day After the Wedding, was very much enjoyed.'
(The Fresno Morning Republican, Fresno, California, Friday, 8 December 1893, p. 3f)

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