Music: Traditional, songs by Harvey Schmidt

Cast: College kids from 1936 (26 dancers)
Baton twirlers (5 girls)
Children who play combs (6)
Piano Player
Saxophonists (can be head baton twirler)

Length: Approx. 15 min.

Summary: A Fourth of July parade in Baird, Texas in the year 1936. A loving tribute to small town life, with majorettes, acrobats and a marching band of children playing combs. The dancing is based on social dancing of the period-- the Lindy Hop, the Big Apple. The high point of the ballet comes with the entire parade marching across the stage with American Flags flying and a float featuring a piano player with the head majorette sitting atop playing "The Eyes Of Texas Are Upon You" on the saxophone. The ballet is enormous fun and a real crowd pleaser. Its simple style and reliance on period social dances make it a wonderful piece for colleges and high schools.

Original Cast: Members of the Agnes de Mille Heritage Dance Theatre and students of the North Carolina School of the Arts.

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