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Unformatted text preview: 2008-03-19A. Vaudeville: What is it?Popular entertainmentHistorical context-late 19century -class divisions in entertainmentWholesome variety entertainment-Marketing to women & children-Blue material was forbidden (sexual)-But Ethnic / Racial humor was ok.Wide variety of performers: Black & White performers could share the stageB. Vaudeville Structure: Acts and BillsActs-10 15 min long-TypesSong & DanceComediansAnimal ActsSpecialty Acts-Escape Artists-Contortionists-High divers-Really, anything at allAnnounced with placardsBills (The lineup of the acts)-Typical 8 act structure:Opening a silent act or a really bad oneSong or Dance pairA comedy sketch or one-act playSomething wacky to liven things upSomething solid to end the actA big, flashy act to bring em back from intermissionNext to last the star spotClosing act something to make people want to leaveC. Vaudeville Structure: Circuits1. CircuitsBooking system...
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- Fall '08