OPEN[PLAY]The Torch-Bearers by George Kelly - thw

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Post by ToddHW » April 23rd, 2020, 8:14 am

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Post by ToddHW » April 23rd, 2020, 11:21 am

PL comments for Mrs Pampinelli, Act 1

What a pompous - well, I don't say things like that - she is, but you have captured her perfectly. I note that she appears again in acts 2 and 3, otherwise I would have expected one of the other folks on stage to have stabbed her, run her over, poisoned her (hence her coughing), pushe HER down the stairs, and then burned her place down....

@21:30 p 75, I see you have spoken a Spindler line, "Never mind, Mr. Hossefrosse, it will come." Not sure if there is an error in the script or not. You certainly speak it convincingly. Don't remove it.

PL OK.

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Post by ToddHW » April 23rd, 2020, 11:54 am

Act 2 for Mrs Pampinelli.

I am really enjoying her world collapsing around her and her blaming everyone else - like poor Mr Spindler. But on the whole she is much more human and actually caring for the rest of her troupe with her gentle words of encouragement. Nicely done.

Love her lines: "There is very little danger of his dying! And even if he did die, your duty is here! ... Performances are never interrupted simply because one of the artists happens to die! If you were a professional you’d know that ... He’s simply not a professional, that’s all."

PL OK.

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Post by silverquill » April 23rd, 2020, 12:40 pm

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Post by mightyfelix » April 23rd, 2020, 1:02 pm

ToddHW wrote:
April 23rd, 2020, 11:21 am
@21:30 p 75, I see you have spoken a Spindler line, "Never mind, Mr. Hossefrosse, it will come." Not sure if there is an error in the script or not. You certainly speak it convincingly. Don't remove it.
Yes, you may not have seen my comment on this line. I think it might be an error, and maybe it should be Mrs. Pampinelli. I was confused by it when I heard it in Spindler's role, because I couldn't figure out what he was talking about. But while reading my role, it clicked that it would make sense for her to say it. I decided to record it anyway and let you decide.

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Post by ToddHW » April 23rd, 2020, 2:22 pm

I saw your comment from before. But until I listened to Act 2, it seemed out of character for Mrs Pampinelli to actually be nice to someone!

I'll see when I edit what works best.

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Post by mightyfelix » April 23rd, 2020, 3:32 pm

Well, as to that, I'm entirely convinced that her "niceness" is all an act anyway. She is an actress through and through! Although I loved playing her, I hope I never meet one of her breed in real life!

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Post by ToddHW » April 23rd, 2020, 4:01 pm

Act 3, Mrs Pampinelli. Well, don't you end up being quite the good person after all. Terrific throughout. Great!

@ 15:15 you repeat the line "Twelve-fifty is offered." I'll just cut one when I edit.

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Post by mightyfelix » April 23rd, 2020, 6:03 pm

Well, that's a slip I can live with at least. Thanks, Todd!

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Post by ToddHW » May 3rd, 2020, 8:12 am

iamjessebaxter wrote:
February 28th, 2020, 8:43 pm
I would like to read Mr. Ralph Twiller. Thank you.
I have orphaned this part since reader claim has expired and reader has not been online for 7 weeks.

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Post by reecedawg » May 3rd, 2020, 5:34 pm

I would be happy to read for Ralph Twiller.
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"After the dazzle of day is gone,
Only the dark, dark night shows to my eyes the stars;
After the clangor of organ majestic, or chorus, or perfect band,
Silent, athwart my soul, moves the symphony true."
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Post by ToddHW » May 4th, 2020, 5:44 am

Thank you.

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Post by DrewStarmer » May 7th, 2020, 12:27 pm

I would like to look at the text for the available Teddy Spearing Act 1/2 slot. How do I do that? I'm new here :help: :)

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Post by ToddHW » May 7th, 2020, 3:57 pm

DrewStarmer wrote:
May 7th, 2020, 12:27 pm
I would like to look at the text for the available Teddy Spearing Act 1/2 slot. How do I do that? I'm new here :help: :)
Thank you, and welcome to Librivox. You should have had an email describing what we do and how when you joined, but maybe it has been delayed. The first thing you you should do is complete the "1 Minute Test" and post it for review in the proper forum before you start actively recording anything for projects. This is NOT an audition, but a way to check to make sure all your technical settings are correct, your volume loud enough, etc, before you spend a lot of time recording something we can't use. You will find the information for the 1-Minute Test Recording here: http://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/1-Minute_Test. The instructions also tell you how to upload your test and then post in the Listeners and Editors Wanted forum so someone can give you feedback on it.

I will hold the part for you so you can get the test finished. We don't do auditions; everything is first come, first served; and I run all my plays gender neutral too. And I don't define choice of accents and characterizations in ANY part: that is up to the reader. So we end up with some interesting mixes of characterizations. One of the key pleasures of running a play here at Librivox is finding out what the various readers have decided is right. Usually some unexpected things, and always different than I had originally pictured the play on stage myself. So that the completed play is not my vision of what should be, but a truly new and exciting collaborative creation.

Hope someone has given you the habit-forming addiction warning....

The first posting in this (and every) project has the instructions on file names and uploading files and posting the uploader link in the forum to have the file Proof-Listened. These instructions are pretty standard throughout Librivox. I have also made a short summary for the important special rules in drama, so here goes:

1) you don't have to read an intro or outro disclaimer, this will be done by the narrator. Instead, record your voice credit at the beginning of the file, which should be something like: "Iphicrate, prince in love with Eriphyle, read by XXXX" (whatever you want your reader name to be)

2) then browse through the text (link to the text is in the first posting) and record all the lines you have to speak. Also include any "All" lines while your character is on stage. For a big role it may be good to read the entire play to get into character, but at least it would be good to read a bit around your lines, see what the others are saying, so you can better "react" to them. Just be as expressive (according to the character) as you can in your role.

3) if there are pointers in the text qualifying your voice, like [laughs] or [whines], an added bonus would be that you act those out in your reading, if possible, to make it all more interesting.

4) your file will be proof-listened, and you may receive some notes on corrections and their time locations in your file. These will be posted in the forum and show in the Magic Window marked as "See PL Notes" - please cut corrections into your file to update it and upload a new file (SAME NAME) in a reasonable time - like before your voice and equipment setup change and everything sounds different!

5) and most importantly: please leave enough space between each of your speeches, preferably 5-10 seconds or more. Even when you have the stage directions in the middle of your speech (for example: [kisses her hand]), also leave 5-10 seconds of pause there, because our editor (me) later on has to copy all your parts and paste them into his (my) master file and it's helpful if he (me) has enough space to fiddle with

That's it, I think. Just have fun acting out. And post any questions here.

Any questions, just ask.

Thanks, Todd


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