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|My Present Past
|A genealogical experience
|The Orpheum Theatre in Oakland, California opened on September 01, 1907 to
much fanfare. Headlining the opening act was Miss Lillian Burkhart, known as
" The Lady Dainty of Vaudeville" cast in the classic, "A Passing Fancy".
The theater is owned by the Orpheum Circuit Company, which has quality theaters
throughout the United States. The booking of all acts is done under the closest
tabs in Chicago. Contracts for scenery, decorations, carpets and all the supplies
necessary for a front line performance is also carried out in Chicago.
The Orpheum Circuit with 10 theaters nationwide, pays the railroad fares of all its
performers and has a high priced railroad expert to look after the transportation.
|After graduating from the University of Denver, Lea
was an Associate Professor in Dramatics and English
Literature at the University for three years.
Afterwards, she went on to pursue a career in acting
and drama in theater and film.
"Miss Penman is the only woman who is on the stage
and who lectures on dramatics in this country"
August 14, 1921
|While in New York in 1917, Lea was a student under the
tutelage of well known French actress,
Lea arrived in Oakland, California in May 1919, as part of
the Famous Baker Players, under the management of
Harry E Cornell for rehearsal of the play the Unkissed
Bride, showing at the Oakland Orpheum Theatre.