Agnes Cain Brown

Agnes Brown

Agnes Cain Brown was a vaudeville actress who gained popularity for her performances alongside her husband, Harry Girard, in musical comedies of his own composition. Agnes was known for her soprano voice, with which she performed opposite Girard's baritone in lead roles in his operettas, which often revolved around a Northwestern-frontier theme.

In the 1910's, Harry Girard and Company performed their operettas around the region in Seattle, Bellevue, and Tacoma. On December 28 1907, Harry Girard and Company performed his Klondike-themed operetta "The Alaskan," as the opening show at the newly-constructed Moore Theatre. Though Girard and Company had performed the show a month earlier in Tacoma, the house was packed with 3,000 people, despite the 2,400-person capacity of the theatre.

By the mid-nineteen-twenties, Agnes and Harry's acting company had begun performing more wholly vaudevillian performances; the last mention of the acting company in the Seattle Times mentions them returning to headline at the Pantages Theatre on July 25th, 1926, with a "singing and dancing revue."

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Headlining in "The Alaskan"
Sources: 
Flom, Eric L. "Seattle's Moore Theatre opens on December 28, 1907". Historylink.org, 14 Jun. 2002, HistoryLink.org Essay 3851, Seattle Daily Times June 9, 1914, p.9, Seattle Daily Times 11 Novemeber 1919, p.12, Seattle Daily Times 18 April 1920, p.41, Seattle Daily Times 25 July 1925, p.15, Seattle Daily Times 27 July 1926, p11