Friday, February 26, 2016

Countdown Day #3—DARE TO LEAP Into Vaudeville

In the United States and Canada, this type of theatrical entertainment hit its heyday from the 1880s through the 1930s. The term “vaudeville” describes a show involving separate acts of various types under a common bill. Distinguished from “minstrel shows” (1840s-1860s) or “variety” shows” (1860s-1881, vaudeville provided entertainment aimed more to a family audience and was performed mostly in places where alcohol was not served. Rosters of acts included popular and classical musicians and singers, acrobats, trained animals, magicians, comedians, jugglers, illustrated songs, and one-act plays.


Like circuses, traveling shows often had a regular circuit and the performing season was regulated on favorable weather. Because vaudeville shows involved only small animals and the dray animals, more freedom was enjoyed in finding audiences not served by larger outfits. Since traveling was seasonal, most troupes had a home base where they performed in a theater setting.

This research was an important component of my plot for Laced By Love, a Montana Sky Kindle Worlds novel. Choosing a vaudeville troupe as the normal world for some of characters was such fun. I became mistress of ceremonies to select what type of acts to include, the costuming, and what music would be performed. I hope those who read it have as much fun as I did creating the story.

Day #3 of Countdown to Leap into Love featuring:

Linda Carroll-Bradd

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  1. Vaudeville was so important to people wanting entertainment. Many of our early 'movie' start came from that venue. I'm thinking of the Marx Brothers, Jack Benny, and Gracie Allen to name a few. Thanks and what a great backdrop for characters. Angela/Doris

  2. What a terrific idea for a book Linda! Loved the post!