Vaudeville productions of the Federal Theatre Project were under the supervision of the Variety Unit. This unit was able to hire many unemployed vaudevillians and variety entertainers whose form of theater had gone into eclipse in the face of competition from films and radio. During the first fifteen months of the FTP, twenty-four percent of the program’s activities involved vaudeville. FTP vaudeville shows, such as Ready! Aim! Fire!, often differed from traditional or classic vaudeville in that they did not adhere to the format of strictly sequential individual acts. Rather they were more akin to musical revues with series of interrelated acts or sequences with connecting themes. The Variety Unit was a significant part of FTP and attracted large and diverse audiences, including the very young. It was seen across the country at large and small theaters, at schools and hospitals, and often outdoors in municipal parks.