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Author Casto, Marilyn Dee.

Title Actors, audiences, and historic theaters of Kentucky / Marilyn Casto
Published Lexington : The University Press of Kentucky, [2015]
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Description 1 online resource (220 pages)
Contents Cover; Half-title; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. Rough but Substantial; Plays and Players; Players and Audience; Theater Buildings; Lexington Theater; Louisville Theater; 2. Neat and Commodious Halls; Showboats and Tents; Outdoor Theater; Situating Theaters; Exteriors; Opening the Theater; Building and Owning Theaters; 3. Thrills, Spectacles, and Glittering Lights; Actors; Performances; Theater Decor; Technology; Renovations; 4. Tickets to Theaters; Purpose; Architecture; Technology; Attracting the Audience; Choosing a Style; Last of the Theaters
Summary Kentucky emerged as a prime site for theatrical activity in the early nineteenth century. Most towns, even quite small ones, constructed increasingly elaborate opera houses, which stood as objects of local pride and symbols of culture. These theaters often hosted amateur performances, providing a forum for talent and a focus for community social life. As theatrical attendance rose, performance halls began offering everything from drama to equestrian shows to burlesque. Today many architects believe that the design of a theater should not detract from the stage or screen. Marilyn Casto shows tha
Notes AfterwordNotes; Bibliography; Index
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Subject Theater and society -- Kentucky.
Theater -- Kentucky -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0813158729 (electronic bk.)
9780813158723 (electronic bk.)