FULL[PLAY] The Drummer, or, The Haunted House - thw

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Post by mightyfelix » February 6th, 2019, 4:56 pm

The Drummer, or, The Haunted House by Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719).

Lady Truman received word fourteen months ago that her husband, Sir George Truman, has died in battle. Now a very eligible widow with a large estate, she has more suitors than she knows what to do with. As if that wasn't enough, her house is now being haunted at night by the horrible and ghostly sound of a drum, apparently caused by the restless spirit of her husband. When an old man arrives who claims to be able to lay the spirit to rest, she is so desperate for relief that she determines to give him a chance. Written with wit and good humor, this play will have you laughing out loud! (Devorah Allen)
NOTE ON THE TEXT: Both versions of text use the abbreviation "Mrs." to refer to Abigail. For this play, this should be articulated as "Mistress," not "Missus," as Abigail is not married!
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      • Project Code: 6JypN8UV
      • Link to author on Wikipedia (if available): (Joseph Addison) : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Addison
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      • Number of sections (files) this project will have: 45
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      • Original publication date (if known): 1715
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Post by mightyfelix » February 6th, 2019, 4:58 pm

Elizabby is DPL.

I will read narrator.

45 total sections, including a section 00 for preface, DP, and prologue. :)

Character descriptions below.

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Post by mightyfelix » February 6th, 2019, 5:10 pm

Sir George Truman: Arrives home to find his wife surrounded by suitors. Determined to know for sure whether she's remained true to him, he concocts a plan.

Mr. Tinsel: One of Lady Truman's suitors. He is described as a rake, but would like to think himself a wit. He is forever making jokes and has a very high opinion of himself.

Mr. Fantome, the Drummer: Another suitor of Lady Truman's. Spends most of the play inside the walls of the house, playing a ghostly drum.

Mr. Vellum, Sir George Truman's Steward: A man of honesty and integrity, he enters wholeheartedly into his master's secret and helps with his scheme. In love with Abigail.

Butler:
Coachman:
Gardener: These three servants can often be found together sharing a pot of ale. They are none of them very brave, bearing up admirably under the terror of the ghostly noises, but living in fear of Abigail. The Butler and Gardener are in love with the same woman, who does not make an appearance. These three roles may be gender neutral.

Lady Truman: A widow for the last fourteen months, she is feeling the pressure of a society that expects her to remarry, but has so far failed to find a suitable second husband.

Abigail: A servant to her Ladyship. She expects to receive a thousand pounds very soon from Mr. Fantome, provided she assists his plan to succeed. In love with Mr. Vellum.

There are a few lines in Act 3 that are missing a word or part of a word. I will note these in the MW.
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Post by ToddHW » February 6th, 2019, 6:08 pm

I'll set up an MW for you.

EDIT: All set.

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Post by ToddHW » February 6th, 2019, 6:23 pm

Another text source, perhaps easier for some people and more assuredly PD, is at Archive.org: https://archive.org/details/miscellaneouswor00addiuoft/page/422

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Post by ToddHW » February 6th, 2019, 6:31 pm

May I butle?

(butle. intransitive verb. -·led, -·ling. Informal to serve as a butler: a humorous usage.)

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Post by mightyfelix » February 6th, 2019, 6:32 pm

I did see that source as well, but I found the one I linked to to be easier to work with. It does contain an explicit public domain disclaimer on the main page.

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Post by mightyfelix » February 6th, 2019, 6:34 pm

ToddHW wrote:
February 6th, 2019, 6:31 pm
May I butle?

(butle. intransitive verb. -·led, -·ling. Informal to serve as a butler: a humorous usage.)

Thanks, Todd
To be honest, I heard Sir George in your voice as I read through the script. :wink: But if you'd prefer a smaller role, then butling it is!

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Post by ToddHW » February 6th, 2019, 6:38 pm

Butle will be enough for me. My plate is very full....

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Post by WiltedScribe » February 6th, 2019, 6:45 pm

If it's available, I'd like to play Mr. Tinsel. :)

Also, I hope it's okay if I read from Archive. I find the formatting cleaner and thus easier to follow.
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Post by mightyfelix » February 6th, 2019, 7:10 pm

WiltedScribe wrote:
February 6th, 2019, 6:45 pm
If it's available, I'd like to play Mr. Tinsel. :)

Also, I hope it's okay if I read from Archive. I find the formatting cleaner and thus easier to follow.
You'll make a wonderful Tinsel!

I do believe both texts are identical. I suspect this is the edition that my source came from. But I'll double check when I get the chance. And if enough readers prefer the archive scan, I don't mind changing to that one.

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Post by Availle » February 6th, 2019, 7:17 pm

If you'd have me, I'd be up for either of the ladies' roles. :D

And I bet that in the end the long-dead husband makes a very live appearance too? :wink:

Edit: If you don't mind, could you keep up both text links? I find archive to be a bear searching through for the lines... :roll:
(although as an admin, I prefer to have those links in the catalog. But I'm not adminning here.)
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Post by mightyfelix » February 6th, 2019, 8:39 pm

Availle wrote:
February 6th, 2019, 7:17 pm
If you'd have me, I'd be up for either of the ladies' roles. :D
So you want me to choose for you? I think I see you more as the devoted widow, rather than the morally ambiguous servant. Both ladies appear in all five acts.
And I bet that in the end the long-dead husband makes a very live appearance too? :wink:
Well, he is in the cast list...... :lol:
Edit: If you don't mind, could you keep up both text links? I find archive to be a bear searching through for the lines... :roll:
(although as an admin, I prefer to have those links in the catalog. But I'm not adminning here.)
Yes, that's why I prefer the one I put up. It's more easily searchable.

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Post by alanmapstone » February 6th, 2019, 8:46 pm

May I read the Gardener? I can do an English working man accent.
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Post by lymiewithpurpose » February 6th, 2019, 8:52 pm

Do you do gender neutral casting? If so may I play the coachman? If not I can take the other female if that's all right by you :D
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