Image from page 254 of "Theatrical and circus life;" (1893)
Title: Theatrical and circus life;
Publisher: Chicago, Laird & Lee
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ium. The chorus is being put through itsfinal drill onone side, theactors arepractisingtheir en-trances, ex-its, and cueson the other ;behind, thescene painter drilling for the chorus. and his assistants are daubing away, and the trap manand gas man are both working away in their line. What kind of girls were they for the most part? Oh, they came out of factories and all that; theycould make from $6 to $8 a week on the stage, a gooddeal better than they could do at their old business.We used to have such a lot of applicants then we couldpick out a pretty good crowd. Some of them werevery nice, respectable girls, but the associations ruinedmost of them. A good many of them were rather flywhen they first came in, and besides being crookedwould put on any amount of lug among their compan-ions outside. After playing in the ballet two or threeweeks for $6 or $7 a week, they would go around andsay that they were actresses, playing an engagementat the Opera House, but they didnt know exactly
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246 CANDIDATES FOR SHORT CLOTHES. how long they should stay there. I wouldnt be at allsurprised if they talked about starring it in another season; thats vvhai all these fly-by-nights at thetheatres do now. Why, do you know I have had peo-ple come to me and ask what part Miss So-and-So wastaking, and on looking into the matter I would findthat she was a ballet <rirl. Cant you tell me of some cases of girls who havea little romance about their history? 4k Well, possibly, but to one behind the scenes there1is little enough of the romantic, I can tell you. I re-member another ease of a girl, one of the prettiest andbest behaved we had — quite a modest little thing, infact. But she got picked up by a middle-aired rake,and went to the bad. I do not know her whole story,but I know she used to meet this fellow after the per-formance very often. After a time she stated in con-fidence to one other companions that she was marriedto him, and I have no doubt that she thought she was.She left
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