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Thesis - Open Access

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Master of Arts (MA)

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The purpose of this study is to provide a historical survey and analysis of the early theatrical and community activities that occurred in the Dell Rapids, South Dakota, Opera House. The range of the study extends from 1888 to 1903, although certain years of newspapers are missing in research leaving a portion of the study incomplete. Therefore, this thesis must limit itself to the existing material. The historical survey includes a chronological record of professional and amateur entertainments as well as community activities-performance dates, names of the entertainments or activities, names of the playwrights, and recorded audience attendances whenever possible. It is the further purpose of this study to describe these theatrical and community activities in the setting of the Dell Rapids community during the period in which these activities occurred.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Dell Rapids Opera House (Dell Rapids, S.D.) -- History

Theater -- South Dakota -- History

Theater -- History

Dell Rapids (S.D.)-- Theaters



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South Dakota State University