The posts for the Catalogues series are structured to be captions on photographs. The photographs shared in this blog post focus on the involvement of the student actors George F. Gubbins and Arnold D. McMahon in the Oratorical and Elocution contests at St. Ignatius.
In this photo, George F. Gubbins is awarded the First Class Gold Medal in Elocution and Arnold D. McMahon is awarded the Third Class Gold Medal. I have previously documented how both students are very active in the St. Ignatius community and have acted in several plays. This photo also serves to communicate that individuals are consistently involved in both Elocution and Theatre.
The Oratorical Contest of June 3rd, 1896 at the Haymarket Theatre. I have photographs of the hard copy program of this Oratorical contest in particular, as it was highly advertised. Both the College Glee Club and the Alumni Glee Club performed at this event and George F. Gubbins presented a Bass Solo.
Elocution Contest of May 7th, 1896, Arnold D. McMahon presents the piece, “The Burial of Dundee,” a nineteenth century poem by William E. Aytoun.
The Literary Exercises of May 20th, 1896, but the Chrysostomian Society. Another Bass Solo was performed by George F. Gubbins.
An illustration of St. Ignatius College, View from Eleventh Street.
Total Student Count at 494
Performance of “Elma, the Last of the Saronidae” at the Schiller Theatre on February 13, 1896. I came across a photograph of the performance in the St. Ignatius College Photograph Album, vol. i. Note that George G. Gubbins is cast as the Druid King, Nori and Arnold D. McMahon is cast as Elma.
The St. Ignatius Camera Club, photographs in this catalogue of the campus departments were provided by the Camera Club. Henry J. Dumbach is listed as the club’s president.
A Course in Elocution is offered for the first time I noticed in my observation of the catalogues. The curriculum involves both vocal and gestural techniques.
Joseph I. Sullivan is listed as an instructor in the Elocution course, another instance of intersection between Elocution and Theatre.
Joseph I. Sullivan is listed as a professor in the English Branch for Preparatory students.
The Preparatory Curriculum includes lessons in Christian Doctrine and is designed to prepare students for future courses.
The “Leading Events of the Year 1897-1898.” The program from the original Extravaganza, “The Lord Mayor of Krashtowl,” produced at Columbia Theatre by Junior Students on February 10th. The Euripidean play, “Ion” was performed by the Senior students at the Schiller Theatre on December 28th. I referenced a photograph of this performance in an earlier blog post about the St. Ignatius College Photograph Album, vol. i.
Joseph I. Sullivan is listed as the college’s dramatic instructor. He is the only dramatic instructor I encountered in reading the catalogues.
“The Upstart,” performed at the Columbia Theatre on December 29th, 1898. A photograph of this performance also appears in the St. Ignatius College Photograph Album, vol. i. Note that the student Edgar Cook is cast as Covielle. Cook becomes a student I track later in the catalogues.
“The Prince and the Pauper,” performed at the Columbia Theatre by the Students of St. Ignatius on December 28th, 1899.
Catalogues of St Ignatius College 1889-1895
Catalogues of St. Ignatius College, 1901-1905