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Charles Edward Callahan...

Volume 31: Sabine Karoline Kotek (2012): Charles Edward Callahan: Fogg’s Ferry. A Comedy-Drama.

Premiere and Translation.

Heartland 31 / WVT 2012

ISBN 978-3-86821-394-2

€ 12,00 • $ 15,00

 

Charles Edward Callahan was a journalist in Cincinnati before he began managing a young and promising actress, Minnie Maddern Fiske. He wrote a play named "Fogg's Ferry", where she was going to play the leading role. In the 1880's in Northern Michigan, the Cheboygan Opera House was reopened after a fire destroyed it. Charles E. Callahan’s vaudeville play received much acclaim on its opening night.

Back then for the first time, the Railroad reached the lumbering city of Cheboygan. We learn how the performing arts were brought to this far-off place and how this unique community on Lake Huron developed through time. A whole version of Charles Edward Callahan’s play “Fogg’s Ferry” is featured, including its German translation.

 

102 pp., 5 fig.

 

 

Contents

1. Introduction 5

2. The Origins of Cheboygan’s Name 7

2.1. Immigrants in Cheboygan in the 1880s 7

2.2. Boat Services in the Late 19th Century  8

2.3. Living and Working Conditions in Cheboygan  9

2.4. The McArthur, Smith and Co. 10

2.4.1. The Dredging of the Cheboygan River (1875) 12

2.4.2. Michigan Central Railroad (1881) 12

2.4.3. The Cheboygan Municipal Waterworks (1882)  13

2.4.4. Paving the Downtown (1886) 13

2.4.5. Electricity (1888) 13

2.4.6. New Businesses in Cheboygan 14

2.5. Cheboygan and Tourism Today 14

3. The First Cheboygan Opera House (1877) 15

3.1. The Second Opera House (1888) 15

3.2. Modification of the Opera House (1903) 16

3.3. The Opera House from 1904-1972 16

3.4. The Restoration Process Begins (1977) 17

3.5. Raising Money for the Opera House  18

3.6. Opening night 1984 18

3.7. Details of the Renovation Project (1977-1984) 19

4. The Development of Vaudeville 22

5. The Playwright Charles Edward Callahan 24

5.1. His Novels and Plays 24

6. Fogg’s Ferry - A Play 26

6.1. The Characters 26

6.1.1. Chip 26

6.1.2. Mr. White 26

6.1.3. Mr. Fogg 27

6.1.4. Mrs. Fogg 27

6.1.5. Mr. Rawdon 27

6.1.6. Judge Norwood 28

6.1.7. Blanche 28

6.1.8. Bolter 28

6.1.9. Still Bill 28

6.1.10. Martha 29

6.2. Actress Minnie Maddern Fiske 29

6.3. The Importance of Minnie Maddern Fiske for Fogg’s Ferry 31

6.4. Why Was Fogg’s Ferry Presented in Cheboygan? 31

6.5. Where Could the Play be Given Today? 32

7. Challenges for the Translator of the Play: Old Proverbs and Expressions 34

7.1. Regional Expressions 35

7.2. Why Callahan Consciously used Language to Promote his Play 36

7.3. Chip’s Character Expressed through her Way of Speaking 36

8. German Translation 37

9. Comments on the English Original 67

9.1. English Original 68

10.Conclusion 95

A. References 97

A.1. Books 97

A.2. Internet Sources 97

A.3. Picture Sources 98

A.4. Other Sources 98

B. Appendix 99

 

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