Management: Ernest Wilkes, general director, manager ( 1915-16); Roger W. Powers, general representative, circuit counsel ( 1915-16).
Directors and Technicians: Harry J. Leland, stage director ( 1915-16); C. Maclean Savage, stage manager ( 1915-16); "Nig" Haines, property master.
Actors and Actresses: James B. Anderson; Ralph Cloninger, juvenile lead ( 1915-16), Antoinette Crawford, first ingenue ( 1915); Guy D'Ennery, heavy ( 1915); M. W. Davies; Fred Dolan; Evelyn Duncan, second ingenue ( 1915-16); Cecil Fenstermacher; G. Hubert Godfrey, general business ( 1915-16); Rodney Hildebrand; Violet Kinnear; Harry J. Leland, character actor ( 1915-16); Charles McCullough; Jeanne Mae, leading lady ( 1916); Marta Oatman, leading lady ( 1916); Effie Ober, character actress ( 1915-16); Ann Pittwood, special engagements ( 1915-16); C. Maclean Savage, character actor ( 1915- 16); G. K. Sheehan, general business ( 1915-16); Pat Sheridan; J. Anthony Smythe, leading man ( 1915-16); Thomas M. Sullivan; Marguerite Thomas; Jane Urban, leading lady ( 1915-16); Louis von Wiethoff, character actor ( 1915-16); Chester Warner; Ernest Wilkes, leading man ( 1915-16).
1915-16: Under Cover, Fine Feathers, The Old Homestead, The Nigger, The Virginian, The Women, Madame X, Maggie Pepper, Kick In, A Fool There Was, The House Next Door, Ready Money, Kindling, Within the Law, The Call of the North, They Who Fail (curtain raiser), Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch, Bought and Paid For, The Law of the Land, Inside the Lines, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Baby Mine, Alias Jim Scott (curtain raiser), The Girl from Rector's.
Spokane Spokesman-Review, 1915-16.
Laurilyn J. Harris
[THOMAS] WILKES STOCK COMPANY, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA. The Thomas Wilkes Stock Company originated June 22, 1919, at the Majestic Theatre, 845 South Broadway (a 1,650-seat playhouse which had opened in 1908), advertised as "Los Angeles's Leading Playhouse." Lewis Stone starred in Henry Arthur Jones' The Liar. The stock company, which changed its popular fare weekly (prices ranged from 25 to 75 cents), was the first serious competition to the Morosco Stock Company*. On October 26, 1919, a new leading man joined the company when Edward Everett Horton appeared in William Collier Never Say Die.
The Wilkes family had incorporated its theatrical operations in July 1917 in the state of Washington as the Pacific Theatre Corporation. In 1922, the name was changed to Thomas Wilkes, Inc. ( State of California). With the opening of the company at the Majestic, the Wilkes organization had companies in Seattle, Salt Lake City, Denver, and San Francisco. Later groups were formed in
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Publication information: Book title: American Theatre Companies, 1888-1930. Contributors: Weldon B. Durham - Editor. Publisher: Greenwood Press. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1987. Page number: 472.
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