Schneeman Makes Magic
Al Schneeman, with what he called “A Little Parlor Magic,” took the whole stage to himself and he deserved it, if due credit is also given to the “hick” he called from the audience and made the butt of his tricks. The magic was good and the monolog was better. Nels Peterson, and enlisted man in civilian’s clothes, was the “goat” from the audience.
If any stranger instrument has ever been seen on the stage of the Texas Grand than the invention from which Elmer Allen elicited some very acceptable music, this reviewer missed the show.
Then came Jack Yellen, director of the show, who sang several of his songs. No opportunity was lost to take a rap at the dust of Deming, and several of the most appreciated jokes turned on this gritty point.
Wears Shredded Skirt
Then the audience had a good look at the only “girl” in the show, Jack Doyle as a hula maiden, shredded skirt and all. Frank Warren was his team mate, and the two of them put on one of the hits of the evening.
After that the company got right down to minstrelsy with two songs, “Dixie Volunteers,” by “Slim” Morrison, and “Darktown Strutters Ball,” by R. S. Gear. The last song was “Over the Rhine,” written by Jack Yellen, and making very popular prophecies as to what is going to happen soon on the German border. The incidental music is credited to Harry Wessel, who presided at the piano. There were in the ensemble a pair of artist on “de bones” who deserve mention.
Walter Mohnson, though not programed, had the figure and the falsetto to make his female impersonation laughably effective.
Is Real Profesh Show
There have been in the last month on Broadway, New York, two soldier shows which have been pronounced by the reviewers and proved by the box office to be hits, not because they were given by the boys whom everybody wants to help, but because they held their own in competition with any musical show in town. That is true of the Camp Cody Minstrels – in cast and production it is professional entertainment, and would “go good” anywhere.
Entertained at Club.
The Camp Cody minstrel troupe was entertained Saturday night at the University club with a smoker and speeches by some of the British officers at Fort Bliss. When the show the men went to the club, where they found a supper of sandwiches, chili and coffee. Many of the soldier boys from Camp Cody were in the college before enlisting, and they enlivened the club with college and patriotic song, yells and imitations. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Monday Evening, April 29, 1918