3. Theatre and Popular Culture 3.17

3. Theatre and Popular Culture 3.17 - 3 Case study1...

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Case study1 : Minstrelsy ( ) One of the most popular forms of 19 a century US entertainment What is it? - Blackface performance -Caricature & stereotype; pro-slavery Cakewalk – Dance by slaves, part of contest for the owners, parody of white culture African American performers – Only way to be on stage if wanted to perform Song, dance, comic dialogue -Stephen Foster: “Swanee,” “O Susanna,” Camptown Races” American form -Developed in the US -Largely Northern Audiences -Working class, mostly male -Rowdy, active, feedback Minstrelsy: Where does it come from? 1. T.D. Rice – 1828 Jim Crow 2. Made a full evening’s performance Development of structure and characters Minstrelsy: Structure 1. Three Part Structure Minstrel Line / Semi-Circle i. Mr. Interlocutor, Mr. Tambo, Mr. Bones 2. Olio 3. Afterpiece Minstrelsy: “Characters” 1. Jim Crow / Uncle Tom – Happy slave 2. Zip Coon – Free man; dandy
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