Hello Stella and a warm welcome to the drama forum
I see you already passed your test, so
well done and you are ready to roll.
luna2hui wrote: ↑
October 8th, 2020, 6:49 pm
Hi I'd like to try number 15 (Stage Directions Act 5)
right from the start: in drama we assign only one reader per entire role, so if you like to read the stage directions, you need to sign up for all 5 acts. If that is what you wish, then you are welcome to them. Please confirm before I assign anything to you.
Just to clarify for stage directions the clip should be recorded like this right?
[Stage Directions], read by [Stella T].
Act [#] of Love for Love, by William Congreve. This is a Librivox recording. All Librivox recordings are in the public domain. For more information, or to volunteer, please visit Librivox dot org.
Act V. Scene I. (stage direction)
the intro is correct yes. It's always pointed out in the first post of each project, so you can check there when in doubt.
For the stage directions, you need to read everything that is not read by the actors
. So each time you see "closes door" or "drinks wine" or "exit left", you would need to read. Often it's written in italics or between brackets, but not always, so finding all the directions can be tricky business.
There is a special rule that concerns reading the characters' names. It's quite easy to remember:
1) if the stage direction appears at the beginning
of the speech, you include the character's name.
John (sitting down on the couch)
: "I feel a headache coming on."
you would read everything I underlined now, including the name.
2) if the stage direction is in the middle or at the end
of the speech, you do not repeat the name, because it's already clear who is speaking.
John: "I feel a headache coming on." (sits down on the couch)
"I think I need a rest." (dozes off)
both times, no name included, only the underlined parts would be read.
Just wondering if there's a preferred duration of pause you would like between each direction
yes please leave at least 2-3 seconds between each chunk
. So each time the narration is interrupted by a character speech, you leave ample space. It makes copy/pasting easier for our editor.
All directions in one recording for one act right?
yes one file per act
So let me know if you like to do all 5 acts, or if you prefer to start out with a smaller role for your first assignment. Also, if you want to do the stage directions, I would suggest starting with acts 2-5, and leaving Act 1 till last. This one requires a bit more handling with the cast list, which I will explain at that point, but it's good if you get a bit more practice before you tackle that one