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Unformatted text preview: 2008-03-17Theatre and Popular performance1. Theatre & pop culture reviewWhat is pop culture? constantly changing, needs to make money 2. 19hCenturyWhats happening in US?-Slavery, civil war-Development of the middle class-Industrial revolution-immigrationWhat groups considered America, and what others are considered3. Case study1: MinstrelsyOne of the most popular forms of 19century US entertainmentWhat is it?-Blackface performance-Caricature & stereotype; pro-slaveryCakewalk Dance by slaves, part of contest for the owners, parody of white cultureAfrican American performers Only way to be on stage if wanted to performSong, dance, comic dialogue-Stephen Foster: Swanee, O Susanna, Camptown RacesAmerican form-Developed in the US-Largely NorthernAudiences-Working class, mostly male-Rowdy, active, feedbackMinstrelsy: Where does it come from?...
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