Synopses & Reviews
Originally published in 1928, Troupers of the Gold Coast
follows the startup and success of a theater company of the same name that started performing in 1837 at Californiaand#8217;s First Theater. More than 2,000 actors and actresses performed and trained with the company between 1848 and 2005. Until their last show in 2005, they were the oldest continually performing theater company in the world.
By the time the Troupers found their footing, though, a little girl named Charlotte (Lotta) Crabtree was achieving an early stardom. Since the age of six, she had been performing along the coast for men and women of the Gold Rush. Her mother managed her career, thus ensuring that Lotta was never taken advantage of. She was extremely popular and very successful in acting, singing, dancing, and banjo playing. Lotta, who was named and#147;The Nationand#8217;s Darling,and#8221; was able to tour the United States and Europe before retiring in her forties.
Troupers of the Gold Coast captures the rise of one Americaand#8217;s most beloved entertainers, as well as the formation and excitement surrounding one of the most popular and successful American theater troupes of all time.
About the Author
Constance Mayfield Rourke (1885and#150;1941) was an American author and educator. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and attended Sorbonne and Vassar College. She taught at Vassar from 1910 to 1915. She specialized in American popular culture and wrote numerous pieces of criticism for magazines like The Nation and The New Republic. However, she made her name as a writer of biographies and biographical sketches of notable American figures, such as John James Audubon, P. T. Barnum, Lotta Crabtree, Davy Crockett, and Charles Sheeler, as well as books exploring different components of American culture and its history, including American Humor. She died in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1941.