The 8 O'Clock Revue, "Waterlilies"

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Aug 1936
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Ten girls are posed in front of a dark curtain in dancing costumes. Eight of the girls wear light-toned silk dresses with leaf decorations on the bodices. Two girls in the centre of the back row wear plain mid-toned dresses. In the back row are, from left to right, Noelene Baylis, Jean Morris, Patty Parkes and Myra Kerr. In the middle row are Elva Clouston, Betty Boyd, Valda Wiltshire and Betty Byers. Reclining in the front row are Merla Morris and Shirley Marcroft. The girls are in their costumes for "Waterlilies," a dance they performed as part of "The 8 O'Clock Revue." The Revue was a fundraising concert held for the Opunake Surf Club.
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Taken from a review in the Opunake Times: "A delightful children’s dance, entitled “Water Lilies” was next on the programme. The stage resembled a water lily pond complete with two majestic swans. The queen of the water lilies (Thelma Mathie) was dressed in a white crepe de Chine frock which glittered with silver spangles and silver ribbon and she appeared from a huge white water lily in the centre of the stage and danced very gracefully. Two water sprites (Jean Morris and Patty Parkes) also danced daintily, being frocked in emerald green Grecian frocks. The water lilies wore taffeta Grecian frocks in shades of blue, peach, lemon, salmon and mauve, each frock being trimmed with gold leaves. They made a very pretty picture on the stage. Those taking part were Betty Boyd, Shirley Marcroft, Frances Cameron, Dawn Mitchell, Joy Sinclair, Myra Kerr, Elva Clouston, Noleen Baylis, Betty Byars, Kath Quinn, Betty McKenzie, Valda Wiltshire, Merla Morris, Joan Taylor. The song “Water Lilies” was sung off the stage by Mesdames Boyd and Byars. "

- Pam Childs on 11-11-2014 23:31:16

The "waterlily" kneeling on the right is likely to be Betty Byars rather than Joy Sinclair.

- Pam Childs on 11-11-2014 23:27:42

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