About The Plays...

Cast at Dinner Repertoire theater companies provided much of the entertainment for small town America in the early 20th century. The James Adams Floating Theatre played six nights in one town, Monday through Saturday, offering a different play each night. Happy endings were guaranteed in every storyline, with good always wining over evil. Vaudeville routines were performed between acts or after the play. The Adams' plays were always conservative for the rural audiences -- there was a strict moral code on the boat and the sometimes racy tittles never matched their content.

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Cast and Crew

While the actors themselves changed frequently over the years, The James Adams Floating Theatre always featured the same cast of characters. Primary comic roles went to a black face comedian an ingénue or soubrette who was a female character playing a young girt and the g-string or common sense smart man who often had a squeaky voice.

Beulah Adams Troupes were professionals and the average salary in the early days was about $10 per week. This meager salary was offset by a lot of free time for swimming, fishing, boating and eating. Married couples were allowed to share a room and bachelor men doubled up. No single women were allowed to work aboard the James Adams Floating Theatre. James Adams' sister. Beulah Adams, was the star of the show for many years. She started on the boat as a young girl, and stayed with the theatre until the end of the 1936 season. Beulah married actor/musician Charles Hunter (who played the g string part) and they were the mainstays of the show during the 1920's. James' brother Selba, was business manager of The James Adams floating theatre for 16 years.