This project is now complete! All audio files can be found on our catalog page: http://librivox.org/the-village-coquettes-by-charles-dickens/
Before he started writing novels, Charles Dickens tried his hand at theater. The Village Coquettes is a two act musical. Sadly the music was lost long ago so this will be a spoken version.
This play completes the recording of the relatively unknown plays of Dickens in celebration of his 200th birthday! (Summary by ToddHW)
Gender mis-match is fine for parts!
- Is there a deadline?
We ask that you submit your recorded sections within 1-2 months of placing your claim (or by the target completion date, whatever is sooner). Please note that to be fair to the readers who have completed their sections in a timely way, if you haven't submitted your recording(s) after two months, your sections will automatically be re-opened for other readers to claim, unless you post in this thread to request an extension. Extensions will be granted at the discretion of the Book Coordinator. If you cannot do your section, for whatever reason, just let me know and it’ll go back to the pool. There’s no shame in this; we’re all volunteers and things happen. The target completion date for this project is 31 December 2012.
- How to claim a part, and 'how it all works' here
To find a role to record, simply look at point 5. below at the sections. All the ones without names beside them are “up for grabs.” Click "Post reply" at the top left of the screen and tell us which role you’d like to read. Read points 6. to 8. below for what to do before, during and after your recording.
If it says you sing - just read as if a poem - music was lost many years ago.
Some lines start with quote marks cuz they weren't in the first performance. Still read them, please.
EVERYBODY (except Narrator) read - never sing - the following so I can pick and choose and mix together
. The ROUND in Act 1 Scene 1
. Villagers "Hurrah"s in Act 1 Scene 1
. The last 4 lines of the "song" by Squire Norton at end of Act 1 Scene 1
. The chorus to Squire "song" at very end of Act 1
. The lines for Villagers in Act 2 Scene 4
. The lines for "Several Voices" and "All" in the last scene of Act 2
. The words to the "Dance and Finale" at the end of Act 2
. The Chorus at the very end of Act 2
Just mix these extra lines in with your character lines in the same file for the appropriate Act.
- New to recording?
Please read our Newbie Guide to Recording!
- Where do I find the text? Source text (please only read from this text!): http://openlibrary.org/books/OL14034623M/The_plays_and_poems_of_Charles_Dickens
- Please claim roles (the numbers in the first column below)! Please note: All Librivox recordings are in the public domain. When you submit your recording, you will be placing your recording in the public domain as well.
If this is your first recording, please let me know under which name or pseudonym you'd like to appear in the LibriVox catalogue. We can also link to a personal website/blog.
BC Admin ===========================================
- BEFORE recording: Please check the Recording Notes: http://librivox.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=6427#6430
Set your recording software to:
Channels: 1 (Mono)
Bit Rate: 128 kbps
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz
Submit one file per act.
- Make sure you add this to the beginning of your recording:
[Role], read by [your name].
If you are reading stage directions, please include for each file:
At the beginning: Act [#] of The Village Coquettes , by Charles Dickens. This is a Librivox recording. All Librivox recordings are in the public domain. For more information, or to volunteer, please visit Librivox dot org.
At the end: End of Act [#]. At the end of the play, add End of The Village Coquettes, by Charles Dickens.
Please remember to check this thread frequently for updates!
- AFTER recording:
Save files as 128 kbps MP3 villagecoquettes_[role]_[#].mp3 (all lower-case), where # is the act number.
ID3 V2 tags: Not needed for individual parts.
For the narration, tags are needed. To find out more about ID3 tags, go to our wiki: http://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/What_is_ID3)
Add the following tags to your .mp3 file (how you do this depends on which software you use – if you are unsure about ID3 tags, send me a message). Please mind upper and lower case!
Title: 01 – Act One or 02 – Act Two
Artist: Charles Dickens
Album: The Village Coquettes
Please ignore tags for Genre and Track Number - these will be filled in automatically at the cataloguing stage.
Transfer of files (completed recordings)
Please always post in this forum thread when you've sent a file.
Also, post the length of the recording (file duration: mm:ss) together with the link.
- Upload your file with the LibriVox Uploader:
(If you have trouble reading the image above, please message an admin)
- You'll need to select the MC, which for this project is: ek - gloriana
- When your upload is complete, you will receive a link - please post it in this thread
- If this doesn't work, or you have questions, please check our How To Send Your Recording wiki page.
- Upload your file with the LibriVox Uploader:
Any questions? Please post below or PM me.