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  • The texts of tableaux, songs, dances, and dramatic scenes that commemorate historical events or traditions.

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    • found: Cuddon, J.A. A dictionary of literary terms and literary theory, 1998(pageant: Originally the movable stage or platform on which the medieval Mystery Plays were presented. Later, the term was applied to plays acted on this platform. In modern usage it describes any sort of spectacular procession which presents tableaux and includes songs, dances and dramatic scenes. This sort of entertainment was fashionable in the early decades of the 20th c., especially in depicting local history.)
    • found: Quinn, E. A dictionary of literary and thematic terms, c1999(pageant: An elaborate spectacle or procession. In the Middle Ages, a pageant was a moveable platform on which Mystery Plays were performed. In the Elizabethan Age, processional pageants, celebrating a visit of the queen or other dignitary, frequently included small dramatic skits.)
    • found: Baldick, C. The Oxford dictionary of literary terms, 2008(pageant: A wagon used as a mobile stage on which were performed mystery plays and related dramas in the Middle Ages. The term is sometimes also applied to a play performed on such a moveable stage, usually a mystery play. In a later sense, a pageant is a public procession displaying tableaux and costumes appropriate to the commemoration of some historical event or tradition, sometimes involving short dramatic scenes.)
    • found: The Oxford companion to the theatre, 1983(under Pageant: Early in the 20th century there arose a passion for elaborate and partly processional open-air shows celebrating the history or legends of a particular town, and these were referred to as 'pageants'. The performers were usually amateurs, directed by a professional who was responsible for the songs, dances, and short interludes of dialogue which made up the whole, including sometimes re-enactments of medieval jousting and tournaments)
    • found: The American heritage dictionary of the English language, c2003(pageant. 1. An elaborate public dramatic presentation that usually depicts a historical or traditional event.)
    • found: Collins dictionaries online, Nov. 6, 2012(pageant. 3. an elaborate drama, often staged outdoors, celebrating a historical event or presenting the history of a community)
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    • The texts of tableaux, songs, dances, and dramatic scenes that commemorate historical events or traditions.
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