COMPLETE: Our American Cousin - rap

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Post by silverquill » April 13th, 2015, 9:06 pm

Our American Cousin by Tom Taylor (1817 - 1880).

This project is complete and all audio files can be found in the catalogue: https://librivox.org/our-american-cousin-by-tom-taylor/
Our American Cousin is an 1858 three-act play by English playwright Tom Taylor. The play is a farce whose plot is based on the introduction of an awkward, boorish, but honest American, Asa Trenchard, to his aristocratic English relatives when he goes to England to claim the family estate. . . . Although the play achieved great renown during its first few years and remained very popular throughout the second half of the 19th century, it is best remembered as the play U.S. President Abraham Lincoln was attending in Ford's Theatre when he was assassinated by actor and Confederate sympathizer John Wilkes Booth on April 14, 1865. ( Wikipedia)


Casting is gender-specific. Descriptions of roles are here.

Scripts are linked from the Magic Window, next to your chosen role (right click, open in new tab).
Or click here: Act 1 | Act 2 | Act 3

RobBoard and jessieyun0404 will PL parts; jessieyun0404 will PL completed acts. PL is standard.

    1. Is there a deadline?
      We ask that you submit your recorded sections within 1-2 months of placing your claim. 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.Please do not sign up for more sections than you can complete within the two month deadline.
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      To find a section 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 section you would like to read (include the section number from the left-most column in the reader list, please). Read points 6. to 8. below for what to do before, during and after your recording.
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    4. Where do I find the text? Source text (please only read from this text!): http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/3158
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    6. 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.
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      [Role], read by [your name].

      If you are reading stage directions, please include for each file:At the beginning: Act [#] of Our American Cousin, by Tom Taylor. 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 [#].

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      Save files as 128 kbps MP3
      ouramericancousin_[role]_[#].mp3 (all lower-case) where ## is the act number.
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Post by silverquill » April 13th, 2015, 9:17 pm

Today, April 14, 2015, is the 150th anniversary of the assassination of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln. It was no coincidence that this play, Our American Cousin, was the one he was watching at Ford's Theater that night. Actor John Wilkes Booth chose a spot in the play known to illicit loud audience laughter that might obscure the sound of his gunshot.

This play has seven female roles and ten male roles.

The parts will be GENDER SPECIFIC.

I will read Asa and RonBoard will read Lord Dundreary

Ron will also sever as main DPL but volunteers will be needed to share PL duties.

This should be a really fun play to read and put together!
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Post by jessieyun0404 » April 13th, 2015, 10:05 pm

Hello, Larry.

PLer reporting for duty!
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Post by Elizabby » April 13th, 2015, 10:59 pm

Woo-hoo! I've been watching for this project all day! I'd like the witty woman's part please! (Florence Trenchard)

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Post by Darvinia » April 13th, 2015, 11:37 pm

If you're accepting claims I'd like to request Mrs. Mountchessington please.
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Post by RobMarland » April 14th, 2015, 12:33 am

If you're thinking about joining us on this project, you might like to know more about the characters. A star (*) before the name means the role is open - claim away!

SCRIPTS
ACT I https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MxlwN_kXdMO6Q7ol1SSYPnfPqampKLYl2cLGEp_keOA/pub
ACT II https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lMyzbpPatZW5pZjxqNnZvYaXqYmwD0ptlZBb4gZxwE0/pub
ACT III https://docs.google.com/document/d/1IHjZxmCTXIxEDjN0amTS7b-vOp4X7oTCn9wissthLX4/pub

MALE ROLES
Asa Trenchard - (250 lines) A brash American fresh off the boat from Vermont. He's in England to claim his inheritance, but instead finds love with Mary.
Lord Dundreary - (165 lines) A dim British noble. Always bumping into the furniture and making a fool of himself.
Sir Edward Trenchard - (62 lines) The lord of Trenchard Manor, where the play is set.
Mr. Coyle - (59 lines) Agent (lawyer/accountant) for Sir Edward. The villain of the piece, he tries to steal Sir Edward's fortune and force Florence into marriage.
Mr. Binny - (50 lines) Butler. Bosses around the "lower" servants. Often adds H's to words that don't need them in an effort to sound posher than he really is.
Abel Murcott - (43 lines) Coyle's assistant. A penitant alcoholic who is battling with the demon drink (and his conscience). Rebels against his boss's wicked plans and helps to save the day.
Mr. Buddicombe - (23 lines) Valet to Lord Dundreary.
Harry Vernon - (14 lines) Young man. A lieutenant in the navy who is desperate for a ship of his own.
John Wickens - (11 lines) Young servant.
Captain De Boots - (5 lines) A rich soldier. Augusta tries to woo him.

FEMALE ROLES
Florence Trenchard - (175 lines) Witty young woman. Daughter to Sir Edward. Secretly in love with Harry Vernon.
Mary Meredith - (53 lines) A contented young milk maid at Trenchard manor. She is the rightful heir to a family fortune which, unknown to her, has been left to Asa. She and Asa fall for one another.
Mrs. Mountchessington - (42 lines) A scheming matriarch. Tries to marry off her daughters to the richest men she can find.
Georgina Mountchessington - (36 lines) A comic role. She is a wet blanket whose catchphrase is "I'm so delicate", but her girly voice and exaggerated ladylike persona are merely an act to woo Lord Drundreary. Partial to screaming and fainting.
Augusta Mountchessington - (33 lines) Young middle-class woman. Plays along with her mother's schemes to get her married off to a man of means.
Sharpe - (4 lines) A servant
Skillet - (5 lines) A servant
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Post by RobMarland » April 14th, 2015, 12:37 am

Beth, Bev - The parts are yours! Thanks for joining us.

Jessie, thanks too: you can be our DPL. If I happen to see that someone has posted a part and I have a moment to PL it, I will probably go ahead and do that. But it will be great to have your help too. Besides, I have already recorded my part: as soon as we have a MC I will upload my files for you to PL.
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Post by Kristingj » April 14th, 2015, 2:13 am

could I do Mary, please?

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Post by Rapunzelina » April 14th, 2015, 2:25 am

Hello! Let me MC! I'll try to set it up :)

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Post by Rapunzelina » April 14th, 2015, 2:43 am

MW is in place. Larry is in as BC, Rob as co-BC and Jessie as DPL, so you all have access to the Magic Window, but let me know if you'd like it some other way around. Since you'll be two PLers, I think it would help to post every time you intend to pl a certain file, to avoid duplicate work.
Also, add the PL level required in the first post, please.
Perhaps another summary would be preferable, written by one of us Librivoxers, instead of a wikipedia one. And also a few keywords by the time we get to cataloguing :wink:
This seems like an entertaining play. Have fun with the project!

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Post by RobMarland » April 14th, 2015, 2:55 am

Rapunzelina wrote: This seems like an entertaining play. Have fun with the project!
Thanks for getting us set up so quickly!
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Post by RobMarland » April 14th, 2015, 3:00 am

Ok, Jessie, here are my files for Lord Dundreary for PLing.

The original actor played him with a severe lisp and rhotacism, which I have emulated. Hopefully it doesn't make me too incomprehensible!

https://librivox.org/uploads/rapunzelina/ouramericancousin_dundreary_01.mp3
https://librivox.org/uploads/rapunzelina/ouramericancousin_dundreary_02.mp3
https://librivox.org/uploads/rapunzelina/ouramericancousin_dundreary_03.mp3
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Post by commonsparrow3 » April 14th, 2015, 4:56 am

May I have Augusta?

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Post by RobMarland » April 14th, 2015, 5:07 am

commonsparrow3 wrote:May I have Augusta?
Hi Maria, you got it! Thanks for joining in.
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Post by Kristingj » April 14th, 2015, 5:34 am

Kristingj wrote:could I do Mary, please?
Did you see this?

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