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Atkinson's Jollities

Charles Atkinson with his Jollities theatre troupes produced plays that are noted below. Their performances overlapped to a degree Atkinson's Peck Bad Boy productions.

Here are two posters advertising an unknown play produced by the Jollities which starred Lillie Bate and Eugene Millard. Both actors were in many plays in the era when Atkinson's Jollities were most active. The posters are 27" x 17".



The Jollities put on "The Electric Doll" in America and Europe. This was written by Clinton G. Parrefield with music by J. Adalim. It appears the play premiered in December 1879. It ran for a number of years thereafter.


This 7" x 5.5" flyer is a superb advertising piece for the Jollities Electric Doll production. Several of the actors/actresses are pictured on the card: Stanley Felch, Kate Chester, Lillian Brown, Frank A. Daniels, and Alex. Bell.

The exact date of this item is unknown. Felch and Chester left Atkinson's Jollities in October, 1882.



 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 



Norombega Hall was located in Bangor, Maine. It was destroyed in the "Great Fire of 1911". See: http://bangordailynews.com/2009/01/18/living/gaiety-theater-was-once-toast-of-bangor/



The Electric Spark was a comic opera written by Charles Pidgin and composed by Charles D. Blake. Atkinson's Jollities performed it thousands of times in the 1880's in America and Europe.



 


 



This sheet music for the Electric Spark lists 18 songs on the front cover. The actual song inside is #21 "A Trip to Fairyland".



The Jollities also put on a play "The Toymakers". The play was based on the 1907 book of the same name written by Charles Pidgin. Of course, Pidgin and Atkinson collaborated on the Peck's Bad Boy productions.

It appears that by 1907 Atkinson and James Thatcher were directing the Jollities in The Toymakers and were working together to produce other plays some of which were written by Charles Pidgin (Quincy Adams Sawyer. Blennerhassett), others not (Black Beauty, Miss Petticoats, Hope Hathaway).

Below is a trade bill for The Toymakers. The Venue is the Farman Theatre in Warsaw, New York.

 

Last Revision: May 16, 2017