The Fancy Ball
The Fancy Ball is a comical musical sketch by an unknown author.
The original text
The 19th century saw a number of vaudeville-style performances of sketches and ballet's using the term "Fancy Ball" in their titles. Most often by an unknown author or devised by the cast of the particular performance.
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Performance history in South Africa
1867-8: According to F.C.L. Bosman (1980: p. 244) a "comical musical sketch" called The Fancy Ball was performed by the Poussard-Bailey Company as part of their repertoire during their 15 month long tour throughout the country, ending with two performances their most popular piece in the Commercial Exchange, Cape Town. Performed (and probably devised) by Miss Bailey and Miss Calzado, transformation artistes. In this play they impersonated seven characters, including "The Rifle Volunteer".
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