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A Sawdust Heart: My Vaudeville Life in Medicine and Tent Shows

Автор: Henry Wood
Год: 2011
Издание: [не указанo]
Страниц: 144
ISBN: 081667230, 081667230X, 081667230X
In the early twentieth century, before radio and motion pictures became widespread, rural Americans had few options for entertainment. While vaudeville theaters were prominent and popular in the cities, they were scarce in rural and small-town America, which was hungry for both diversion and news from the rest of the world. It was here that the traveling show thrived. Leaving his hometown of Viroqua, Wisconsin, to travel with a medicine show, twelve-year-old Henry Wood became hooked on show business. He joined a traveling theater troupe, and leading lady Clarabelle Fendell helped the boy become “Jack,” a gentleman and vaudeville performer, so transformed that he was barely recognized by his own mother when he returned home. Wood spent the years 1910–1941 in traveling medicine and tent shows that featured a variety of vaudeville acts, from skits to full-length dramatic plays. Whether recalling his experiences skydiving from hot-air balloons, serving in the air force, or being accosted...
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