The Theatre in Early Kentucky, 1790–1820 captures the full flavor and color of the promoters, managers, professional strollers, and actors, many of whom performed dual roles as actors and managers. Working under primitive conditions, the groups often put on a melodrama, a musical comedy or farce, and several acts of singing, dancing, and recitation in the same performance. Appreciative audiences responded enthusiastically to the overworked and predictable plots of mistaken identity, revenge, and domestic difficulty.
This delightful, informative book includes and appendix containing the production data available for 1790–1820. It is illustrated with reproductions of charming newspaper theatrical announcements and with portraits of leading stage figures.
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|Publisher:||University Press of Kentucky|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
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Table of ContentsThe Athens of the West
The First Dramatic Performances
The First Permanent Theatres
Professional Players in Kentucky
The First Western Circuit
Arrival of the Drakes
Drake's Western Theatrical Empire