'Feathered Player Who is Likely to Score a Big Success.
'When the Zuyder Zee, the new spectacle at the London Hippodrome, is produced on Monday, the metropolis will have an opportunity of witnessing what can be done with a small part by a clever actress.
'The actress in question is a goose, known to strangers as Hansel and to her intimates as Hans. By dint of sheer talent she passes her five minutes on the stage with uproarious fun.
'With light-hearted abandon she trips on to the stage representing the frozen Zuyder Zee, and acknowledges the plaudits of the audience. Then she joins gaily in a song and dance with the Four Figaros. Gracefully she sweeps to and fro adding her strident voice to the chorus. Eventually she takes her ''curtain'' in the matter-of-fact way of a veteran actress.
'''Quite One of the Family.''
'''We have had Hans for some time,'' said Mr. Figaro to a Weekly Dispatch representative yesterday. ''She is quite one of the family. We always keep her with us, and she refuses to eat unless we feed her out of our hands. Once we had no room for her in our lodgings while we were on tour, so we had to shut her into a theatre for the night. She turned sulky and refused to act at the next performance.''
'Hansel has an understudy, one Gretel. Great is the jealousy between the pair. Hans will not act if Gretel is on the stage and vice versa.
'Truth to tell, Gretel is neither so accomplished not of such equable temperament as Hansel. At rehearsal she had disputes with the stage manager. Often an unwary stage hand has had cause to regret his temerity in patting her. She has an unerring eye for tender spots and a swift and savage bit.
'There have been some amusing incidents in connection with the preparations for the Zuyder Zee spectacle. The second half of the playlet depicts Dutch life during winter. The huge arena is converted into a frozen lake, on which expert skaters disport themselves against a background of men and maidens arrayed in the brightest of colours.
'Lady With Many Qualifications.
'The difficulty of the Hippodrome authorities was to find a lady as principal who could act, sing, dance, and skate. There were many with the three first qualifications, few with the fourth. At last Miss May Moore Duprez was found. She could skate - although she had not practised the art for many years. ''In fact,'' she told a Weekly Dispatch representative, ''not since I was a kiddie hung behind carts in New York with roller skates on.''
'Accordingly skating rehearsals were held. Miss Duprez told ruefully how the man who was teaching her was never near her at critical moments. ''He told me falling would give me confidence,'' she said with a twinkle. And it did. For Miss Duprez has regained all her old skill and can take the chute down which her entry will be made as boldly as any. Miss Duprez is twenty-one old this month.'
(Weekly Dispatch, London, Sunday, 23 June 1907, p. 1d)
'Zuyder Zee, the Dutch extravaganza produced at the Hippodrome on Monday night, is perhaps the most successful achievement in mise en scene to be placed to the account of Mr. Frank Parker. It had the defects of its qualities, the interest and coherence of the story having apparently been severely subordinated. Miss May Moore Duprez, a clever ''delineator'' of Dutch character from America, is a village heroine, with a lady sweetheart - this is Mr. Bert Gilbert's character. They sing, and dance, and chatter sans cesse.'
(Weekly Dispatch, London, Sunday, 30 June 1907, p. 10d/e)
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Kathleen Courtney married at
St. Peter's, Eaton Square, London, 1913