THE KINGDOM OF CARMEN SYLVA
REPRESENTATION BY THE MYSTIC CLUB
THE theatre displays the wooded gardens before Castel Pelech, the idealistic mountain palace built in the heart of the Carpathians by Carol the First—almost the only confession he ever made that his heart held room for more than war and politics.
The time is night, to represent the illuminated woods which were the stern monarch's pride, and dearly loved by Carmen Sylva. To the peasants these miles and miles of electric-lighted forests were a work of enchantment, magic, and they made the sign of the Cross whenever any unwelcome chance led them into the unnatural radiance.
Castel Pelech occupies the background. For the King and Queen a canopy of gold and silver has been raised, flanked by heavy draperies in cloth of gold. Decorations throughout the theatre are carried out in golden grillwork. The foreground about the throne has been beautified by trellises in fruit, and by plantings of scillas, daffodils, narcissi, tulips, peonies, roses, lilies, delphiniums, and other flowers. Immense ollas bear bouquets of gigantea roses.
After the delicate ceremonies of the royal arrival, accompanied by Roumanian airs, and after the evening guests have assembled in the many varieties of native and court dress, a Gipsy dancer, notable for great beauty of face and figure, will lead in the troupe of entertainers. The Gipsy band, essential to every Roumanian entertainment, will follow, playing, and next after them will come a bevy of dancing maids and a group of singers. Next will come the procession of "The Witty Queen," varied to accord with Mystic taste, led in by the inevitable Gipsy bear. Chanticleer and P'tite Poule will then appear, and a version of their misunderstanding will be presented according to the fancy of the Queen. Gipsy dance and song will precede the masker's dances.
NOTE: Secrets of Carnival entertainments are not usually revealed or explained, but we owe the following to our guests on this occasion:
Tassels: No such tassels as those that weight our hangings have been seen in New Orleans since the obsequies of Jefferson Davis. In truth, we were unable to get tassels of the size and quality required until by happy chance we discovered those which had embellished the catafalque of the President of the Confederacy—an incident of our decorations as unusual, perhaps, as any other.
Embroideries: These beautiful examples of Roumanian needlework may be examined freely by our guests, and we are sorry that this time we are displaying beautiful objects of art that cannot be offered as favors of the ball.