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Minstrel Show

Isabel Villanueva, Period 3, World Theatre Postcard
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Isabel Villanueva

on 8 September 2012

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Transcript of Minstrel Show

THE MINSTREL SHOW

One hundred years ago the "nigger minstrel" entertainment tradition had begun in London's music halls, the convection was revived on television form of the white and black minstrel show
The minstrel shows were based off of racial hatred
The minstrel shows were to stay on the air for over the next two decades THE BEGINNING OF MINSTREL

Minstrel theatrical entertainment originated and developed in the U.S in the first half of the 19th century
It consisted of song dance and comic repartee typically performed by white actors made up as blacks THE FATHER OF THE AMERICAN MINSTREL
The father of the american minstrel was Thomas Dartmouth other wise known as "Daddy"
Dartmouth developed a song and dance routine in which he impersonated and old crippled black slave between the years of 1828 and 1831 THE VIRGINIA MINSTRELS
In New York City in 1842 Daniel Decatur Emmett and three companions devised a program of singing and dancing in blackface to the accompaniment of bone, castanets, violin, banjo and tambourine
They called them selves the Virginia Minstrels THE MINSTREL PARTS
There are two parts in every minstrel show
The first part would include the comic exchange
The second part called the olio, consited of specialty acts, clog dances, jigs, female impersonations, and a burlesque of some serious drama currently popular THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR BLACK ENTERTAINERS
After the american civil war black entertainers also often in blackface makeup became more prominent than before
The most famous of the black minstrelsy composers was James Bland
The black and white minstrel show was a british light entertainment show that ran on BBC television from 1958 to 1978 and was a popular stage show
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