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About Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922 | View Entire Issue (Dec. 25, 1910)
TirK OMATTA srXDAT BEE: DECEMBER 2 1P10.
AMI t M)T.
of Producers is
Part of the Big Shubert Hippodrome Show
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NE car about fifteen years ago.
th ranatffr of a Oomil .r of
.ro:Un r',r' arprra,-ied
'T'ou" Hsns. who was then
manfr of the ISoyd thratcr In
Onuuix. and asked to he (Ivrn
"Hi-.- In the house." Haynea I'ntened to
wl.at th mirjijfr had to say. and 1ld not
Ilk tha prosper! sufficiently wr!l t.i vn
turf: the Knyd theater wa empty. hut l:s
manarernent tu unwilling to risk nr.v
thins; rn the probability of the vis, tin
manaiter making; pood, no he -igi t14 ho
could rent the theater outright, but at
prlre and . under conditions that rer i1
beyond hla rrh. Th visiting- maaaxr
" an optlmlstlo aort of chap; he had a
company, with scenery a:d baKcacn In
Council HP'.ff. but didn't have in.ney
enough to get acroea th brldne; lie had a
chance to Ret a theater In O.-naha, but
how to brln company and theater tosetl-.er
was a problem. A little hustling brought
him In touch with so-ne people who could
and did assist him, the company tin red-
cued from Council Hluff.-, and opened
ween a stay In the Boyd theater, ar.J
VWtnaha But Its first taste of pupular-prlced
"stock" company production, under th:
direction of Mr. D. Woodward.
And the experiment was a success, so
murh ao In fact that when the company
swuns; beck to Omaha a few weeks Inter
It had no trouble In (ett'n Into tha
Boyd theater on shares. The people 1 kid
the company, they liked Its playa and they
liked Its manager methods. So the Wood
ward ftock company kept coming bark and
bark to Omaha for several nvnths, when
a turn of the managerial wheel made It
poible to locate t le organisations per
manently at tho Crolghton theater, and
thtre began the real career of O. V. Wood
ward as a producer. Messrs. rxtrn and
Burgess were the managing firm of the
Ciefhton and they also tool: over the
Boyd, which had had a varleRated career
tinker the control of Boyd Haines and
Turn Mulvihlll. Then the new producer
war. taken In and tte firm became the
Woodward & Euigeis Amusement Co.
William 'A. faston, Jr., held hla Interest
In the Panne s for a while, but sold out
to Messrs. Woodward and Burgess, who
extended their Interests to Include Denver.
Ksius City, B'.oux City, St. Joseph, Man
kuto, Sioux Falis, Nebraska City and a
few other places. Eut, while tha man
ck r.al business was being expanded, tha
st. nk company was not lost sight of.
While at the Crelghton theater In Omaha
la prospered and came to be a reo
onlzd Institution. Denver waa In
, ar?d by , the organisation, but fir
destroyed the theater In which tha com
pany waa houaod and at Kanaaa City a
Imllar disaster overtook the firm. In the
fall of ISM the Orpheum vauuevllle people
came to Omaha and secured a teaae on the
Crelghton theater, putting the Woodward
Stook company literally out of houae and
borne her. But th Auditorium theater
at Kanaaa City waa available and there
it tva Installed and grew with th year.
A year without a stock company aaw
Omaha ready In th summer of U00 for a
renewal of th business, but It was not
th Woodward Stock that played summer
ngagement at tb Boyd. This waa left
Vat to Barn Bear and than to Dlok Ferrla,
fcut In th and Woodward at Burgess built
the Burwood theater, that th Woodward
Stock might again have a horn In Omaha.
Two vary sueceeeful Mason war played
there and than Hie theater paaaed Into
other hand. Back to summer seasons at
the Boyd, until th opening of th Brandels
last spring cleared th way for th In
stalling of Eva Lang and her company at
th beautiful theater that baa so lung been
T cm f Omaha's chief pleasure spot.
fcnd here Is O. V. Woodward, working
at as hard as h did when he first
cum to Omaha, striving Just as earnestly
to put before the people wholesome plays
appropriately presented. This little sketch
of his career merely gives tb outline) of
his rise In th theater. As a member of
the Woodward A Burgees Amusement
company. which has now become th Bur
gt & Woodward company, having been
rccrganlxed about two years ago, with th
direction of the principal theaters In Omaha
and Kansas City, and other Important
liursts, ho ha bcom a considerable
factor in the world of amusement. H is
an well known on Broadway as any resi
dent manager of New Tork, and hla name
Is familiar from one end of th land to
tho other. Many actor of national fam
have gone out from hla stock company,
well equipped because of his training, and
n any others not ao well known, look back
with contented pleasure to th day when
they drew pay checks signed by O. D.
Woodward. For hla heart ha always
been In the "producing game." and even
today he loaves the management of the
big theaters he Is Interested In to th di
rection of hi partners, while he devotes
hla time to the stock company and Its
productions. In following his bent he has
produced perhaps as many playa under
hia own personal direction as sny man
In America. He was asked once how many
piaye he had actually put on. but aald
ho couldn't guess within fifty at least,
l uring- the fifteen yeara . since he first
came to Omaha he hia presented not less
than O0 playa At one time he was
directing the progress of two companies,
one In Kansas City and one In Omaha,
each presenting a different play each
veek, a task that would stacker even an
.expert stage director, yet O. I). Woodward
carried It on for two seasons. Several of
the productions were of new plays that
hud never been put on the stage before
he mounted them. None Of them were
What has this Involved? In th matter
of cost, tit figures run Into a total that
! considerable. If the average cost of the
&1 plays Oj D. Woodward has produced In
the last fifteen years has been but W) for
mounting, which Is very low, for many of
them have tun above tl.c. he has Invested
I1M.U00 In ssvnery and coetumes aione. Th
avrra.e royalty paid will run to about the
mm- figure, making a total of IWO.nno for
ro allies afd acenlc equipment. Ills corn
panlea to jjrodure these playa have cost
Mm imte as much more, showing a total
of a Intent thrwe-quartera of a million dul
iais. If which should be added the expense
of advertiMng. house management, theater
rent-l.t, etc.. which will bring th total fig.
ures well up towards a million and a half
dollars, that represents th magnitude of
his operations In the matter of furalshing
Ipu:r antuemnt at popular prices. To
state It In another way. (.OTOjCo people
have paid L centa each In order that O.
P. Woodward may have beta able to meet
the expense of making hi COO productions.
This mean that at toast ifcouO person
bav attended whil each production was
on. or aa.avarag of about 1 AO to each
performance. ' V many of th shows Mr.
Woodward has produced have cost over
I2.W.0 for th week they wer on. this little
synopsis will show what ventures he has
undertaken In th mer matter of finance.
Hr la an Idea of tt work Jr.' Wm4-
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ward has been doing, that is, Its raw.
extrinsic values are here suggested. What
about Its more intimate worth? Who can
estimate the good ne has done In these
years In the way of serving the public
with the best the dramatic table affords
at prices that are in reach of all? Mr.
Woodward's companies have been uni
formly good and well b-ianced; capnble
and Intelligent men and women have
served under him, enacting their several
roles with taste and understanding, so
that the plays have always been well pre
sented, and not only has entertainment but
Instruction been furnished. Ho has placed
th very best within th reach of all. To
do this he has mad sacrifices that can
not be computed; he has assumed great
rinks. Investing money and time In a pro
duction that might not bring htm returns,
In fact, that very often did not bring him
returns; h has given hia time and his
energy wfthout atlnt, and his credit, too, to
th cause of the stag for the people. His
ambition seems to have been to put the
highest of dramatic achievement Within
the reach of the multitudes. That he has
been able to persist through all these
years Is th best evidence that In some
way his efforts hav been appreciated.
O. D. Woodward now In all essentials
Is no different from the man who had to
borrow money and strain his credit to get
his wandering players and their Impedi
menta across the bridge from Council
Bluffs to Omaha fifteen years ago. He is
better known In th world of events, stands
a little htetler In his calling, has had a few
more years of experience and a few more
of life; but those who knew him then nee
no change In him. He Is th same simple,
unaffected man, with the same optimistic
look on life and the same little twinkle
lurking In his eye. Mellowed a little,
maybe, by the experiences that have been
his, but just as certain of th good that Is
In mankind as he ever was and aa welling
Over 600 Plays
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O. D WOUi)WAJU.
SOME OF THE GIRLS FROM THE FAMOUS JEWEL BALLET.
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to give everybody credit with having some
good In his makeup. He will talk for hotus
of people who have played in h a com
panies; of Jane Kennark, of Lester Lome
Ran, of Emma Lunn, of any number of
people who have gone out from one or an
other of his theaters and made good, but
never of himself. He will tell you about
his plays, of people who have helped him,
of any other thing under th sun but of
what he has done himself. And so he
goes on, quietly planning, qulwtly execut
ing, patiently Instructing' player after
player in the best way of doing certain
things, showing scene painter and prop
erty man how to get certain effects, show
ing the electrician how to light up scenes,
adjusting muslo cues with the orchestra,
attending patiently to a difficult scene or
the failure of a young actor to get the
right turn of an expression; bringing to
gether his forces In orderly array that the
dream of the play writer may be given
th verisimilitude of actuality. Ills prob
lem Is ever present and ever varying. It
Is that of. presenting appropriately the
best of th drama for the uses of the peo
ple. He has worked at it for years, and he
will work ,at it for years longer, for his
soul Is In the work. In his days of success
he has tried other ventures; a bank In
Kansas, a newspaper In Kansas City, and
similar buRlneas undertakings outside the
theater have had his attention, but he
turns from them to the making of stock
productions of such BcaJe as would be
boasted of by one of the big men of the
east, who produce one or two or three
plays a year and tell of the thousands they
expend In doing so. O. D. Woodward pro
duces on each week, and knows when he
leys down the first set of scenery that It
Is only going to run. a week; that at th
end of the week the scenery Is going to
the discard, and that a new set will hav
to be produced. Some day he will get hi
proper rating aa a manager and director
of th affairs of the stag.
in Fifteen Years
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AFTERNOON . n
And All Week
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Our IVlerry Christmas Offering
Bpoelnl Western Tour of
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r rejecting Orphcnm A.lmat-
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Concert by tho 70 menbers of
tlifl Cornell University Gko,
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15th and Fanuun Sis.
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Which War tha Talk of ITw Tork.
Mr. and Mrs. Jmmie Larry
Presenting Mr. Barry's Baral Skit,
"At Kessfoo Corners''
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In th Orantatlo Bnocess of Two
"SwMthaarts" by Bit W. . OUbert
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stw TOtK's CHir.yrno fiat
By EDWARD LOCKE. MT7FI0 By JOS. 0. BR EH..
A Delig-htf-Al Comedy With aa Absortltg Musical Thorn.
Two Tsars at Weber' Theatre, Hsw Tork.
A FLAT THAT Witt, LAST A irPETTMS.
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ONfc. Wifia-C 3JOAY, JANUARY 1ST
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HEW TXAK'B WSEX
100 Peopl. A Beautiful Ballet of 60, Under th Direction of Prof. Chamfers.
The Management of the
announcing; the appearance in Omaha for six nights and five
matinees, beginning January 9
The (to York Hippodrome
The greatest and most wonderful amusement combina
tion of the age the wonder show of the world. It is to
be brought here to the Auditorium with ita full complement '
of 600 people and its gorgeous and massive soenio equip
ment, intact and unchanged from the World's Greatest Play
House. The Messrs. Shubert, under whose direction
the Hippodrome is operated, will give, to Omaha theater-goers
and to those of the surrounding country an oppor
tunity of witnessing the most wonderful, miraculous, en
chanting and marvelous entertainment that has ever been
put together and which has made the New York Hippo
drome the most famous playhouse in the world. Some of the
features will be Marceline, the famous clown; Gerson's Won
derful Midget Circus, a band of Sioux Indians Albas, King
of the Wire; a ballet of four hundred; twenty most wonder
ful scenic achievements. The entertainment will be divided
into three parts "Pioneer Days," "The Ballet of Jewels"
and "A Trip to Japan." N
In order that everyone may have the benefit of seeing
thia gigantic entertainment the prices have been made with
in reach of all the night scale being from 50c to $1.50 tho
matinee scale being from 25c to $1.00. A ticket office for
the sale of seats will be opened in the office of the Chicago,
Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad at 16th and Parnam Sts.
within a very few days. Mail orders with check or money
enclosed will be received by Manager J. M. Gillan of the
Auditorium and will be filled in regular order.
Devoted to Strlotiy Ulrh Orad
Xstravaganaa and TaadevlU
TWICE DAILY MU. TODAY
(Enragement Terminate Bat. Mat.)
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Omaha's best thestrlral Christ
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know you all anl lovre every
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