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By Henry Wood

ISBN-10: 081667230X

ISBN-13: 9780816672301

In the early 20th century, sooner than radio and films grew to become frequent, rural american citizens had few innovations for leisure. whereas vaudeville theaters have been favorite and renowned within the towns, they have been scarce in rural and small-town the United States, which used to be hungry for either diversion and information from the remainder of the area. It was once the following that the touring exhibit thrived.

Leaving his place of origin of Viroqua, Wisconsin, to shuttle with a drugs exhibit, twelve-year-old Henry wooden turned addicted to exhibit company. He joined a touring theater troupe, and best woman Clarabelle Fendell helped the boy turn into “Jack,” a gentleman and vaudeville performer, so remodeled that he was once slightly well-known via his personal mom while he again home.

wooden spent the years 1910–1941 in touring drugs and tent indicates that featured numerous vaudeville acts, from skits to full-length dramatic performs. no matter if recalling his stories skydiving from hot-air balloons, serving within the air strength, or being accosted by means of indignant theatergoers not able to tell apart him from the villains he portrayed on level, Wood’s tale paints a full of life and vibrant picture.

whereas so much books in this interval of yank theater historical past concentrate on significant names in vaudeville and the leisure undefined, A Sawdust Heart indicates what it was once like for the genuine show-business staff and the performers who by no means made it huge yet eked out a residing doing what they enjoyed on minor phases throughout America.
brought via Wood’s grandson-in-law Michael Fedo with a concise background of those touring exhibits, A Sawdust Heart is an a laugh learn for a person drawn to early-twentieth-century rural America.

 

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In a town the size of Budd, anybody hollering is an attraction by itself, and folks started coming up the street to see what was going on. When he’d gotten a fair-sized gathering before him, Bill introduced the entertainers who performed their routines. The show ran maybe forty-five minutes to an hour. Then Bill stepped out again, a big smile on his face. “And now folks, big doing s in bu dd 15 what you’ve all been waiting for, the highlight of our stay here in your charming village, the great Dr.

The only trouble was that everything was white: the suit, shirt, tie, Panama hat, socks, and shoes. “That’s how my sister wants you, kid,” he said. ” I looked at myself in the mirror and went into mild shock. I no more resembled Henry Wood than the man in the moon. It wasn’t me. My transformation had been so complete that I could easily accept the new name, Jack. When we returned to the tent, Clarabelle saw me and beamed. “Now you look like a new man, Jack,” she said as I sat down on the costume trunk.

He dropped the girl on the floor and stormed back to Frank. “I’m all done and I mean now,” he said. He stomped out without even bothering to pick up his pay. I never saw him again, and it was too late to replace him, since he also did some singing and dancing. After the show that night, Frank called us together and said we’d have to close. He’d pay us until the end of the month, 24 big doing s in bu dd which was just another six days. No one seemed to mind much, with the exception of the lad named Henry Wood.

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