"Evangeline" - California Theater (1890)


Name Role
Miss Bessie Tannenhill Gabriel, a young lad
Miss Yolande Wallace An Acadian maid
Fortescue Catherine
Fred L. Turner half of a dancing cow
Robert Watson half of a dancing cow

Newspaper Articles

The Morning Call (San Francisco, California) - April 3, 1890


Is running to fair houses at the New California. One of the best scenes in the travesty is the betrothal between Gabriel (Miss Bessie Tannehill) and the sweet Acadian maid (Miss Yolande Wallace). Gabriel is a dashing young laddie, but his raiment is remarkably scanty for a Nova Scotia climate, and Evangeline is very pretty and withal entirely too modest for burlesque; but she is supposed to be possessed of an enduring womanly affection, according to the poet. Miss Tannehill and Miss Wallace sang a very pretty duet in this scene; and here, also, the immense Fortescue comes in as Catherine, Gabriel's aunt, and makes no end of fun by his tremendous proportions. The "heifer dance" is also a part of the festivities, the legs being played by Messrs. Fred L. Turner and Robert Watson. Dixey took his first step on the ladder of dramatic promotion when he danced as the hind-legs of Evangeline's pet young vaca; but in this case the heifer dance hardly got a round of applause. It must be awful work for the young men who are bound up in that cowskin.

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