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Description: The Verona Amateur MinstrelsDate: December 2 1887
Newspaper published in: Tupelo, MS
Source: Lee County, MS Library
Page/Column: Page 3, Column 6
The Verona Amateur Minstrels
This talented company gave a splendid entertainment in the Town Hall last Friday night. The building was crowded with delighted auditors who gave frequent evidence of the appreciation by loud laughter and applause. The programme was excellent, and performed most admirably throughout without a single hitch or flay. The music on the piano by Claude Simmons, on the violin by Pard Keyes, bass violin by Joe Simmons, guitar by Walter Bass, tambourine by Hardy Stricklin, bones by Norman Foote, and triangle by Black Harkreader, was really fine, interspersed with numerous local jokes, conundrums, and “bou mots,” which produced frequent peals of prolonged and hearty laughter. This was followed by the laughable comedies: “The Haunted House,” “William’s Watermelon”—a lecture, “.”The Mischievous Nigger,” “Old Dad’s Cabin,” and “The Stage Stuck Darkey”—the last a most amusing burlesque on Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” which was by far the best thing on the programme, and was acted to the life by Hardy Stricklin and Claude and Joe Simmons. The whole concluded with a medley by the entire troupe.
We have seen many performances by trained minstrels, but never witnessed any better show of a similar kind, even on the regular stage. The company propose giving an entertainment in Tupelo on Friday night, Dec. 2nd, at the opera house. We bespeak for them a full house. Go hear the young minstrels—laugh and grow fat.
R. C. CUNNINGHAM
The Gill place, where Mr. Spencer now resides, is for rent. Apply at this office.