OPEN[PLAY]The Belle's Stratagem by Hannah Cowley - thw

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Marya999
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Post by Marya999 » December 1st, 2020, 6:13 pm

Do you think Villers would be ok read by a woman? I was looking at Courtall and Villers but Courtall should definitely be a guy...

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Post by ToddHW » December 1st, 2020, 7:43 pm

Thank you.

I cast all the plays I offer as gender neutral. Up to you in creating your character if you want to think of the role as the male that author might have intended, or think of it as female instead. (You can't change the written pronouns though.) If the former, keeping the role male, it is up to you if you want to try to pitch your voice lower to sound like a deeper voiced male or not.

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Post by Marya999 » December 1st, 2020, 9:37 pm

Hmm yes I'm familiar with gender neutral casting, it just seemed a little better for Villers to be read by a woman than Courtall...(don't worry Villers, you're still a boy...)

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Post by GregGiordano » December 2nd, 2020, 3:27 am

If it is still open I would like to claim the role of Courtall, please.

Thank you!

Greg

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Post by Kitty » December 2nd, 2020, 6:41 am

MManolakes wrote:
December 1st, 2020, 12:36 pm
Saville, Act 1, duration 6:48
https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/bellesstratagem_saville_1_128kb.mp3

By the way, I believe one of Saville's lines is mislabeled Servant. It's toward the end of Act 1, Scene 1, and begins "Five minutes! Zounds!..." The Servant has just exited, so I think it's Saville's (and I recorded it).
well done, I suspect this was a typo in the Gutenberg transcript "Sav." and "Serv." being very similar. I agree, this should be Saville.

And wonderfully portrayed, Mike :clap: Sort of best buddy, carefree young rogue, the play abunds in those :lol: Excellent job, and I love the exuberant laugh at one point. Looking forward to the rest of the role. This act is PL ok already.

Thank you

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Post by Kitty » December 2nd, 2020, 6:42 am

GregGiordano wrote:
December 2nd, 2020, 3:27 am
If it is still open I would like to claim the role of Courtall, please.
thanks, Greg, now I am really curious about how you will portray this guy. Quite a challenging role. :thumbs: Have fun !

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Post by alanmapstone » December 3rd, 2020, 4:19 am

Hardy act 5

https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/bellesstratagem_hardy_5.mp3

Enjoyable role, he is a bit of a pompous ass and one can have fun with that :lol:
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Post by Kitty » December 3rd, 2020, 4:43 am

alanmapstone wrote:
December 3rd, 2020, 4:19 am
Hardy act 5
https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/bellesstratagem_hardy_5.mp3
Enjoyable role, he is a bit of a pompous ass and one can have fun with that :lol:
yes he is so endearingly jovial somehow, I really like this character. And you played him very convincingly. :thumbs: This is also perfectly PL ok. Well done, Alan, an optimal casting with you.

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Sonia

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Post by GregGiordano » December 5th, 2020, 12:54 pm

Here are all the acts that Courtall appears in:

Act One -

https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/bellesstratagem_Courtall_1_128kb.mp3

NOTE - the scene begins with Courtall singing but I could not find any mention of what he is singing so I simply recorded him humming a tune I made up. It seems liked a minor detail and there is no further mention of it subsequently

Act Two -

https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/bellesstratagem_Courtall_2_128kb.mp3

Act Three -

https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/bellesstratagem_Courtall_3_128kb.mp3

Act Four -

https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/bellesstratagem_Courtall_4_128kb.mp3

Take care,

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Post by Kitty » December 7th, 2020, 2:57 am

MManolakes wrote:
December 5th, 2020, 12:08 pm
Saville, Act 3, duration 4:50
https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/bellesstratagem_saville_3_128kb.mp3
sorry for being so late in feedback, Mike, but I finally had a listen to your Saville and he is as charming as in the previous act. :thumbs: starting out to be the knight in shining armour for his old love. :9: Well done, and all PL ok. Thanks

Sonia

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Post by Kitty » December 7th, 2020, 3:02 am

GregGiordano wrote:
December 5th, 2020, 12:54 pm
Here are all the acts that Courtall appears in:

NOTE - the scene begins with Courtall singing but I could not find any mention of what he is singing so I simply recorded him humming a tune I made up. It seems liked a minor detail and there is no further mention of it subsequently
and while I was at it, I also listened to all of Courtall. As for the humming at the beginning, I like it, and I let Todd decide whether he wants to use it or not. Made-up tune is always best, as we won't have copyright troubles there ;)

And an excellent job you did of Courtall. Wow you sound positively evil in some parts. :shock: The laughs about your country cousins, and then the whole scheming to ruin a lady. :evil: Showing a nasty side of you here, Greg ? :mrgreen: In any case, I could tell you had mega-fun acting this out. :thumbs: Thank you so much !

Acts 2-4 are PL ok.

One small note for Act 1 though:

> at 0:32: "that my cousins Fallow" – you say "that my fellow cousins Fallow" - there is one "fellow too many" ;)

oh and just as a reminder, it would be best if you didn't use capital letters in your filenames. For drama it's not so important, but it's a general rule that we don't use capitals, since that messes up the archiving later.

Sonia

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Post by GregGiordano » December 7th, 2020, 4:50 am

Kitty wrote:
December 7th, 2020, 3:02 am
GregGiordano wrote:
December 5th, 2020, 12:54 pm
Here are all the acts that Courtall appears in:

NOTE - the scene begins with Courtall singing but I could not find any mention of what he is singing so I simply recorded him humming a tune I made up. It seems liked a minor detail and there is no further mention of it subsequently
and while I was at it, I also listened to all of Courtall. As for the humming at the beginning, I like it, and I let Todd decided whether he wants to use or not. Made-up tune is always best, as we won't have copyright troubles there ;)

And an excellent job you did of Courtall. Wow you sound positively evil in some parts. :shock: The laughs about your country cousins, and then the whole scheming to ruin a lady. :evil: Showing a nasty side of you here, Greg ? :mrgreen: In any case, I could tell you had mega-fun acting this out. :thumbs: Thank you so much !

Acts 2-4 are PL ok.

One small note for Act 1 though:

> at 0:32: "that my cousins Fallow" – you say "that my fellow cousins Fallow" - there is one "fellow too many" ;)

oh and just as a reminder, it would be best if you didn't use capital letters in your filenames. For drama it's not so important, but it's a general rule that we don't use capitals, since that messes up the archiving later.

Sonia
Thank you, Sonia. I did have fun reading this part. Courtall is a scheming creep and it was an interesting role!

I shall make the corrections you requested. Capitalizing the file names is just an old habit that I will work hard to break for future dramas.

Thank you, as always!

Take care and have a wonderful day.

Greg

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