Talent Show at Holy Name School, Brooklyn, 1889

An Entertainment Given by its Pupils Thursday Evening.
The Brooklyn Eagle, June 22, 1889

In the hall of the Holy Name School, Ninth and Prospect avenues, the pupils Thursday evening received their friends. After a lengthy and classical programme all went home with the deep impression that the Holy Name Academy ranks among the first in the city. The programme consisted of a song, “Greeting,” by the young ladies of the senior class: “Military Band,” by the little boys, was very good; “Little Pets,” by the infant class, was very laughable; tableaux, “Death of St. Cecelia,” “Last Moments of Mary Queen of Scots,” “Prodigal’s Departure: Prodigal’s Return,” “A Little Gift from Ireland,” and camping scenes, by the boys, were very creditable and showed great care and careful training. An operetta, “Little Red Riding Hood” (Miss Rice as the mother and Miss Maggie Kane as Red Riding Hood), was admirably sung. Drama, “Dottie’s Dream” (Miss Lizzie Dixon was Dottie and Miss Mollie Murphy as queen of the fairies), could not be spoken of too highly. “The Limerick Boy,” an Irish drama, in which John Daley was a perfect Shaughrann, kept the audience in roars of laughter. John Doheny showed very bright talents as a young actor. The musical part of the programme was under the care of Miss Genia Fitzgerald.

Holy Name of Jesus School was founded in Brooklyn in 1885. For many years the girls were taught by the Sisters of St. Joseph (Josephites), and the boys by the Xaverian Brothers. The above photo shows the Josephite convent, at one time the largest in Brooklyn. From 1925 to 1928, the parish hosted Holy Name High School, which was absorbed into Bishop McDonnell Memorial High School. Today the school continues to serve the children of Brooklyn.  

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