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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
- Saturday Night Live, Vaudeville, Eddie Cantor, Movie Theatres, Lydia Thompson