In 50 Years in Theatrical Management, impresario M.B. Leavitt referred to Kate Pennoyer as “one of the most prominent of early American dancers”. She specialized in ballet but also performed pantomime in full shows and on variety bills. Of note is a show called Alladin which she toured with clown/mime W.H. Bartholomew (who’d studied with the Ravel Family) in the 1860s. One finds records of Pennoyer having performed in New York, Boston, Washington, D.C. and Richmond between the early 1850s and 1875. Venues where she performed included Barnum’s American Musum, the Chambers Street Theatre, the Canterbury Music Hall and the Metropolitan Music Hall (all in New York), and the Theatre Comique and Continental Theatre, both in Boston. More than this we do not know, but we’d be happy to learn more!
To find out more about the variety arts past and present, consult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold. And don’t miss Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, to be released by Bear Manor Media in 2013.