"Can we do a duet?" two girls in the 20th Century History Co-op asked. We were planning our own Vaudeville Show.
"Is the song from the Turn-of-the-Century?" I replied.
Before they could answer, Jimmy interjected, "Can I do card tricks?"
"Yes, but maybe you want to do an animal act," I giggled.
"Like lion training," Josh teased.
We had as much fun planning our acts as we did on the day of the actual performance.
Would you like to put on your own Vaudeville Show? Here's how we did it!
We included our family and friends in this festive occasion. Everyone, individually or with one or two others put on an act: sang a song, danced, did card tricks performed an illusion, performed a comedy routine or slap-stick comedy routine, played an instrument, acted out an inspiration skit, or did an animal act.
We set a time limit of each act 3-5 minutes—very short acts!
Everyone had to dress from the Turn of the Century. We researched fashions from that time period and tried to dress authentically.
To get our creative juices flowing, we watched Vaudeville acts on YouTube and old movies.
Here's what you will need to put on your own show:
Don't forget to do a Walk-Through Before the Actual Show—so that everyone knows how to get on and off the stage.
Wow! Having your own Vaudeville Show is a fun way to learn about the 20th Century and is part of a one-credit high school world history course, HIS Story of the 20 Century. You can purchase HIS Story of the 20th Century on Amazon and the E-book at PayHip. The accompanying workbook, HIS Story of the 20th Century High School Workbook is available at Amazon and the E-book at PayHip.
I hope your appetite is whetted for learning more about the 20th Century. It is an exciting time in history to delve into.
For the glory of the Author of History,