Fealy Plays in Grand Rapids

Here’s a growing list of stock theater plays Margaret and Maude Fealy were involved with while working and living in Grand Rapids, Michigan 1926 – 1928.

The Margaret Fealy School of Acting Ad first appears June 1926 receiving students by letter correspondence or phone calls between 12:00 and 1:00 p.m. at The Pantlind Hotel.

In the fall of 1926, after the start of the school year, Maude Fealy helps organize a “Little Theatre” movement in Grand Rapids which took the name; The Civic Players on Thursday 20 January 1927. Some eighty-five years later that same organization is still alive and well in Grand Rapids. Under Maude Fealy’s direction five plays were presented in the St. Cecilia Auditorium at 24 Ransom Ave NE.  The first play presented was “Her Own Way” which opened Wednesday 23 February 1927.

Introducing: The Regent Players

On the night of Monday, 12 April 1926 The Regent Theatre had their very own stock company which took to the stage for the first time in Grand Rapids named; The Regent Players, assembled from the best of Broadway actors. Maude Fealy was Leading Lady and Robert Brister, Leading Man of this newly formed acting troupe including; Clifford Dunstan, John Cordon, Dorrit Kelton, Bob McClung, Jack M. Holmes, Jim Dwyer, Martha Madison, Robert Hicks, Joseph Granby, Francesca Rotoli. Accompanied by their own Regent Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Stephen J. Ernst conducting. The Regent Players Season ended on Sat 10 Jul 1926 after 13 plays, with over 100 performances.

Stars of The Regent Players

Mon 12 Apr 1926
Polly with a Past
The Regent Players – Opening Night
Regent Theatre, Grand Rapids, MI
Performer: Maude Fealy [Polly – Leading Lady]
Source: The Grand Rapids Herald Sun 11 Apr 1926

Mon 19 Apr 1926
New Brooms
The Regent Players
Regent Theatre, Grand Rapids, MI
Performer: Maude Fealy [Geraldine Marsh – Leading Lady]
Source: The Grand Rapids Herald Sun 18 Apr 1926

Mon 26 Apr 1926
Scandal
The Regent Players
Regent Theatre, Grand Rapids, MI
Performer: Maude Fealy [Beatrix, the flapper – Leading Lady]
Source: The Grand Rapids Herald Sun 25 Apr 1926

Mon 3 May 1926
Dancing Mothers
The Regent Players
Regent Theatre, Grand Rapids, MI
Performer: Maude Fealy [Ethel Westcourt – Leading Lady]
Source: The Grand Rapids Herald Sun 2 May 1926

Mon 10 May 1926
Silence
The Regent Players
Regent Theatre, Grand Rapids, MI
Performer: Maude Fealy [Norma Drake – Leading Lady]
Source: The Grand Rapids Herald Sun 9 May 1926

Mon 17 May 1926
Parlor, Bedroom and Bath
The Regent Players
Regent Theatre, Grand Rapids, MI
Performer: Maude Fealy [Angelica – Leading Lady]
Source: The Grand Rapids Herald Sun 16 May 1926

Mon 24 May 1926
Icebound
The Regent Players
Regent Theatre, Grand Rapids, MI
Performer: Maude Fealy [Jane – Leading Lady]
Source: The Grand Rapids Herald Sun 23 May 1926

Mon 31 May 1926
Just Married
The Regent Players
Regent Theatre, Grand Rapids, MI
Performer: Maude Fealy [Vivian Martin – Leading Lady]
Source: The Grand Rapids Herald Sun 30 May 1926

Mon 7 Jun 1926
The Fool
The Regent Players
Regent Theatre, Grand Rapids, MI
Performer: Maude Fealy [Clare Jewett – Leading Lady]
Source: The Grand Rapids Herald Mon 7 Jun 1927

Mon 14 Jun 1926
Easy Come, Easy Go
The Regent Players
Regent Theatre, Grand Rapids, MI
Performer: Maude Fealy [Barbara Quale – Leading Lady]
Source: Fealy School Flyer [Easy Come, Easy Go; Playbill]

Mon 21 Jun 1926
The Bride
The Regent Players
Regent Theatre, Grand Rapids, MI
Performer: Maude Fealy [Marie Duquesne – Leading Lady]
Source: The Grand Rapids Herald Mon 21 Jun 1926

Mon 28 Jun 1926
The Girl in the Limousine
The Regent Players
Regent Theatre, Grand Rapids, MI
Performer: Maude Fealy [Betty Neville (Hostess) – Leading Lady]
Source: The Grand Rapids Herald Sun 27 Jun 1926

Mon 5 Jul 1926
The Brat
The Regent Players
Regent Theatre, Grand Rapids, MI
Performer: Maude Fealy [The Brat – Leading Lady]
Source: The Grand Rapids Herald Sun 4 Jun 1926

Thursday 16 and Friday 17 June 1927
The Enemy
College class of 1927
Junior College Auditorium
Performer: Maude Fealy [Paul Arndt]
Director: Margaret Fealy
Source: Playbill for; The Enemy
Her Own Way @ St. Cecelia Auditorium 23 Feb 1927

Her Own Way @ St. Cecelia Auditorium 23 Feb 1927

Wed 23 Feb 1927
Her Own Way
The Civic Players
St. Cecilia Auditorium, Grand Rapids, MI
Director: Maude Fealy
with Lucille Cunningham [Toots Carley]
Source: Playbill for Her Own Way, The Grand Rapids Herald; Sun 20 Feb 1927

Thursday 16 and Friday 17 June 1927
The Enemy
College class of 1927
Junior College Auditorium
Performer: Maude Fealy [Paul Arndt]
Director: Margaret Fealy
Source: Playbill for; The Enemy

Fri 11 Mar 1927
How He Lied to Her Husband
The Civic Players
Director: Maude Fealy
Source:

Fri 11 Mar 1927
A Doll’s House
The Civic Players
Director: Maude Fealy
Source: Playbill; Her Own Way by The Civic Players

Sat 16 Apr 1927
The Little Princess
The Civic Players
St. Cecilia Auditorium, Grand Rapids, MI,
Director: Maude Fealy
with Lucille Cunningham [Lottie]
Source: Playbill for; The Little Princess

Fri 6 May 1927
Call the Doctor
The Civic Players
St. Cecilia Auditorium, Grand Rapids, MI
Performer: Maude Fealy [Leading Role ???]
Source: Promo Ad in Playbill for; The Little Princess


The Enemy Playbill

Link to The Enemy Playbill PDF

Thu 16 & Fri 17 Jun 1927
The Enemy
Hope College Class of 1927
Junior College Auditorium, Holland, MI
Performer: Maude Fealy [Paul Arndt]
with Lucille Cunningham [Kurt]
Production Director: Margaret Fealy
Source: Playbill for; The Enemy

Thu 1 Sep 1927
Four One-Act Plays;
The Peacemaker
The Might-Have-Beens
The Web
Apartments To-Let
Fealy Production
Ladies Literary Club, Grand Rapids, MI
Production Director: Margaret Fealy
with Lucille Cunningham & John Coffee Jr.
Source: Playbill of the same

Prior to Fri 9 Dec 1927
The Famous Mrs. Fair
Buchanan School PTA
Director or Performer: Maude and/or Margaret Fealy?
Buchanan School Auditorium, Grand Rapids, MI
Source: Playbill; Little Lord Fauntleroy

Fri 9 Dec 1927
Little Lord Fauntleroy
Fealy Production
Director: Margaret Fealy
Ladies Literary Club, Grand Rapids, MI
with John Coffee Jr. [Little Lord Fauntleroy]
Source: Playbill; Little Lord Fauntleroy

Mar 1928
Pollyanna — The Glad Girl
Buchanan School PTA
Director: Maude Fealy
Buchanan School Auditorium, Grand Rapids, MI
with John Coffee Jr.
Source: Playbill; Little Lord Fauntleroy

Special Thanks To
Grand Rapids Public Library; Local History and Special Collections
Internet Broadway Database Website.


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