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dc.contributor.advisorLondré, Felicia Hardison, 1941- advisoreng
dc.contributor.authorFloyd, Jacquelyn Nicoleeng
dc.coverage.spatialMiddle Westeng
dc.date.issued2012-05-25eng
dc.date.submitted2012 Springeng
dc.descriptionTitle from PDF of title page, viewed on May 25, 2012eng
dc.descriptionThesis advisor: Felicia Hardison Londréeng
dc.descriptionVitaeng
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographic references (p. 119-121)eng
dc.descriptionThesis (M.A.)--Dept. of Theatre. University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2012eng
dc.description.abstractRichard 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.eng
dc.description.tableofcontentsTwentieth-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 documentseng
dc.format.extentxiii, 122 pageseng
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10355/14403eng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Kansas Cityeng
dc.subject.lcshTheater -- Middle West -- Historyeng
dc.subject.lcshRepertory theater -- Middle West -- Historyeng
dc.subject.otherThesis -- University of Missouri--Kansas City -- Theatreeng
dc.titleToby Dick Ellis: Richard Elsenpeter's career in tent repertoire theatre, television, and marionette puppetryeng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplineTheatre (UMKC)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Kansas Cityeng
thesis.degree.levelMasterseng
thesis.degree.nameM.A.eng


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