Donna Darling Collection – Part 31

D & R Theatre
Treasure Chest Thursday
By Don Taylor

This is another case that I’ve found where Donna’s notes, or the newspaper articles, regarding Donna’s show are incorrect. Regarding her playing at the D&R Theatre in Aberdeen, Washington, her note clearly identifies the clipping as being from Nov. 18.  However, the article says that she opened “yesterday afternoon.” The D&R ¼ page ad indicates that she was showing Tuesday and Wednesday. November 18th 1926, was a Thursday which indicates that something was wrong.  If the clipping were from November 17th, all would be good.

 

D & R Theatre – Aberdeen, Washington —“Donna Darling Review with Sammy Clark”

D & R Theater Tonight

A weird dancing and singing act in a futuristic version of the nether regions, won headline honors at the five act vaudeville show that opened yesterday afternoon at the D & R theater. Donna Darling and Sammy Clark, both well known stars of terpiscore[i], are assisted in the act by Barring, Lazure and Hal Dixon. The act moves rapidly, the stage settings are intriguing and the songs and dances spritely.

 

The D & R advertisement included a photo of Donna.  Playing with Donna and Sammy are:

  • Zuhn & Dreis – Dementus Americanos
  • Curtis & Lawrence in “Is That the Custom”
  • Morell & Elynor introducing “The Charleston on Rollers”
  • Princess Winona “Indian Prima Donna”

What I learned:

Consequent to the above, I have updated the Donna Montran Timeline to include the following:

November 16-17, 1926 – Aberdeen, Washington – D & R Theater – Donna Darling Revue with Sammy Clark.

This show fits nicely between their show in Olympia, Washington, on November 12-13 and Anaconda, Montana, on November 24th.

ENDNOTES

[i] [sic] Should be terpsichore. In Greek Mythology Terpsichore was one of the muses and the goddess of dance and chorus. Terpiscore, in this context probably means “dance.”

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