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Showboat

ACT 1

Scene 1 - Prologue

Hang #245 River Drop as far upstage as possible. In front of this is a low platform (12″ to 24″ high) about 4′ to 6′ deep, running across stage. In all levee scenes (Greenville and Natchez) this platform is covered by a low wharf set piece which can be made from #2584 and #2585 Easy Ornament sheets. Hanging stage left, and a foot or two from the back of the platform is #306 Showboat Tab. Downstage of the wharf, hanging right and left are #110-A and B Building Tabs. The entire scene is framed by #93 Foliage Legs and Border.

Scene 2 - The Kitchen of the "Cotton Blossom"

Use #20 Room Drop down stage of the #93 Foliage Legs and Border.

Scene 3 - Auditorium and Stage of the "Cotton Blossom"

#261 Interior Drop upstage of the platform is placed on a rake between the Portal and the drop on stage right. This is the stage and old time footlight reflector and low scenery pieces can be used. The permanent platform across the back is covered with a piece of low scenery representing the fronts of the boxes in the auditorium. An additional level can be put on top of the permanent platform stage left to achieve a higher level box if desired. A small piano is upcenter. The entrance is from off left. Benches and chairs are crowded together upleft.

Scene 4 - Box Office on the Deck of the "Cotton Blossom"

Use #338 Boat Railing Drop.

Scene 5 - Auditorium and Stage of the "Cotton Blossom"

Same as Sc. 3.

Scene 6 - The Upper Deck of the "Cotton Blossom"

Use #338 Boat Railing Drop and place a water barrel stage right.

Scene 7 - The Levee at Greenville

Use #293 Southern Foliage #96-A and #96-B Building Tabs.

ACT 2

Scene 1 - Midway at the Chicago World's Fair

Use #237 Carnival Drop just down stage of the permanent platform.

Scene 2 - A Room on Ontario Street

Use #17 Turn of the Century Living Room Drop.

Scene 3 - The Trocadero Rehearsal Room

Use #127 Hall Drop at about one-quarter stage depth.

Scene 4 - St. Agath's Covent

Use #24 Church Drop and #16 Triple Stone Arch Drop with #206 Wrought Iron Grill on the same batton.

Scene 5 - The Trocadero Restaurant

Use #214 Red Ballroom Drop at the upstage edge of the permanent platform.

Scene 6 - Stern of Showboat

Payed in front of #1 Traveler or the front curtain.

Scene 7 - The Upper Deck of the Cotton Blossom

Scene 8 - The Levee at Greenville

Use #293 Southern Foliage #96-A and #96-B Building Tabs. Same as Act I, Sc. 7.

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