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Modern Theatre in Context: A Critical Timeline

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Staff Sergeant George Broughall's musical and dramatic burlesque, The 90th on Active Service; or, Campaigning in the Northwest, is produced with a cast of 130 members from the 90th Batallion of Rifles and a chorus of 30 at the 1,376-seat Princess Opera House in Winnipeg on July 29 and 30. A variety show made up of songs and satirical sketches about army life, the burlesque is rehearsed while the 90th Batallion is on a mission to quell Louis Riel's Metis rebellion. The play is published in Winnipeg in 1885 and is followed the next year by Broughall's satirical burlesque of grand opera, particularly of Il Trovatore by Verdi, The Tearful and Tragical Tale of the Tricky Troubadour; or, The Truant Tracked. Published by the Manitoba Free Press in 1886, the burlesque premieres at the Princess Opera House on September 29 and 30, 1886.