Patriotic Plays and Pageants for Young People eBook

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The first group to enter is the pale-violet group, ladies-in-waiting, who wear pale-violet bodices and overdresses over white.  They dance a gavotte, and retire to a line at left.  The stage on which the dancing is done must afford ample space, so that there is no crowding.

The second group enters.  Court ladies in pale-yellow bodices and looped overdresses over white.  They dance a gavotte, and then stand at left of stage.

The third group enters.  Young maids of the court, dressed as shepherdesses.  Pale sea-foam-green bodices and overdresses over white.  White crooks, with pale-green satin streamers fastened to them.  They dance a minuet, and retire to left.

The fourth group enters.  Young maids of the court dressed as milkmaids.  Pale-blue bodices and looped-up overdresses over white.  Each milkmaid carries a small white, wooden milking-pail.  They dance a minuet, and retire to left.

The fifth group enters for the Rose Minuet.  First come ten little girls walking two and two.  They wear bodices and overdresses of the very palest pink, flowered with deep-pink roses.  Their fichus and petticoats are white.  Each couple carries between them a half-hoop of pink roses.  When they come to a halt the rose hoops, held high, form a rose bower through which the rose-dancers approach.  They are maids of the court, who wear rose-pink bodices and overdresses over white.  Wreaths of tiny pink rosebuds on their powdered hair.  With the little girls with rose hoops forming figures and groups in the center of the sward, the minuet dancers go through a minuet which should differ from the other minuets, its figures being somewhat more elaborate and complicated.

The final figure of this fete should be a huge minuet, with the rose-dancers in the center of the sward, the other dancers joining in.  After a figure or two, the tempo of the music should change, and the dancers, headed by those who have done the rose minuet, should march off the field into the background.  First the pink group, then the blue group, then the green, yellow, and violet groups.  With the same march music still sounding, the Queen and Franklin, followed in stately fashion by the court, should leave the field, and thus end the scene.

COSTUMES

The costumes of the first scene have already been indicated in the text.  That of the crystal-gazer can be made of cambric, with the glazed side turned inward.  Her cap and kerchief should be of white lawn.

COSTUMES IN SCENE II

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