Toby Dick Ellis: Richard Elsenpeter's career in tent repertoire theatre, television, and marionette puppetry

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Toby Dick Ellis: Richard Elsenpeter's career in tent repertoire theatre, television, and marionette puppetry

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dc.contributor.advisor Londré, Felicia Hardison, 1941- en
dc.contributor.author Floyd, Jacquelyn Nicole
dc.date.accessioned 2012-05-25T21:23:48Z
dc.date.available 2012-05-25T21:23:48Z
dc.date.issued 2012-05-25
dc.date.submitted 2012 Spring en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10355/14403
dc.description Title from PDF of title page, viewed on May 25, 2012 en
dc.description Thesis advisor: Felicia Hardison Londré en
dc.description Vita en
dc.description Includes bibliographic references (p. 119-121) en
dc.description Thesis (M.A.)--Dept. of Theatre. University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2012 en
dc.description.abstract Richard Elsenpeter was a Midwestern actor who began his career in repertoire and circle stock in the mid-twentieth century. He dedicated his life to the pursuit of rural, family entertainment and took pleasure in entertaining the common people of rural communities. Elsenpeter made important contributions to the history of Midwestern entertainment through creativity and the desire to appeal to popular tastes of the time. He originated the idea of taking the Toby character from the tent rep stage to the television screen. Elsenpeter spearheaded Possum Holler Opry, a country-music television program that aired for ten years on various local television stations, where he played the host, Toby Dick Ellis. His show was given the Gibson Award, signifying that it was the number-one country-music show in the Midwest. Personal statements, which are included in the appendix, show how Elsenpeter's enthusiasm for the arts and exuberant personality left a lasting impact on those who knew him. en_US
dc.description.tableofcontents Twentieth-century rural popular entertainment -- Childhood and early performing career -- From Harry Brown to Hollywood: 1943-1947 -- The larger tent rep shows: 1948-1959 -- The creation of Possum Holler Opry -- 1970 to present -- Appendix A. Personal statements from friends of Mr. Ellis -- Appendix B, Artifact documents en
dc.format.extent xiii, 122 pages en
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University of Missouri--Kansas City en
dc.subject.lcsh Theater -- Middle West -- History en
dc.subject.lcsh Repertory theater -- Middle West -- History en
dc.subject.other Thesis -- University of Missouri--Kansas City -- Theatre en
dc.title Toby Dick Ellis: Richard Elsenpeter's career in tent repertoire theatre, television, and marionette puppetry en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Theatre en
thesis.degree.grantor University of Missouri--Kansas City en
thesis.degree.name M.A. en
thesis.degree.level Masters en


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