ERIC Number: ED254893
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr-4
Reference Count: 0
The Outdoor Community Drama as a Remedy for Social Ills as Illustrated by "The Pageant and Masque of St. Louis" (1914).
Bryant, Kenneth G.
In May 1914, the largest community pageant production ever staged in the United States, "The Pageant and Masque of St. Louis," was presented in St. Louis's Forest Park. This production, involving over 7,500 participants, was presented not merely for the enjoyment it might bring to its participants and audiences, but also for what the production's leaders saw as its possible role in remedying the social ills of the St. Louis community. The pageant was a large scale experiment in what had come to be known as the Drama of Democracy. It was Percy MacKaye who, through his critical writings and numerous pageant and masque productions, defined what would be accepted as the three fundamental tenets of the "Drama of Democracy." First, it had to be produced and appreciated by the common man. Second, it had to be supported by public funds and agencies. And, third, large numbers of people had to participate in its production. "The Pageant and Masque of St. Louis" fulfilled each of the these three tenets. The action of the pageant and masque was built around Indian tales and the history of the St. Louis area, the production was conceived by the people of St. Louis and produced by civic groups and city administrative officials, and over 7,500 citizens took part in the production. (HOD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Drama of Democracy; MacKaye (Percy)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Speech Association (Indianapolis, IN, April 4-6, 1985).