[Play] The Gondoliers by W.S. Gilbert - annise

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Post by Elizabby » October 20th, 2018, 12:15 am

The Gondoliers by W. S. Gilbert (1836 - 1911).

In typical Gilbert and Sullivan "Topsy Turvy" style, the King of Barataria has gone missing! He was stolen as a baby and raised in secrecy as one of two gondoliers (nobody knows which) and his wife would like very much to know where he is! The Grand Inquisitor appears in Venice to take both Gondoliers to a life of luxury and rulership - but is dismayed to discover that both are reluctant to leave their wives behind. Somehow two husbands have managed to acquire three wives, and nobody is happy at the idea of marrying a vulgar fraction! <br><br>

This is a spoken "poetic" version of the libretto written by W. S. Gilbert, where a full cast of voices brings the sparkling wit of Gilbert to the fore, and will enhance understanding and appreciation of this comic light opera. (Summary by Beth Thomas)
  • This will be a poetic read version of the musical. NO SINGING please, it's too difficult to coordinate. Gender matched casting claims please, as most of the humour in this play is about husbands and wives.


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      BC Admin ===========================================
      This paragraph is temporary and will be replaced by the MC with the list of sections and reader (Magic Window) once this project is in the admin system.

      [list]
      [*] Project Code: bkY6faJL

      [*]Link to author on Wikipedia (if available): (W. S. Gilbert) : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._S._Gilbert

      [*]Link to title on Wikipedia (if available): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gondoliers
      [*]Number of sections (files) this project will have: 40
      [*]Does the project have an introduction or preface [y/n]: No
      [*]Original publication date (if known): 1889
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      Genres for the project: Play

      Keywords that describe the book: Gilbert and Sullivan, operetta, savoy opera

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      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].

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      At the end: End of Act [#].

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      gondoliers_role_#.mp3 (all lower-case) where # is the Act number.



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Post by Elizabby » October 20th, 2018, 12:28 am

Until we get a MW, Cast List:

Marco - a Gondolier who may be the King of Barataria
Guiseppe - a Gondolier who may be the King of Barataria
Gianetta (the wife of Marco)
Tessa (the wife of Guiseppe)
The Grand Inquisitor - (Claimed by alanmapstone)
The Duke of Plaza-Toro (a comedic character and father-in-law to the King of Barataria)
The Duchess of Plaza-Toro (a comedic character and mother-in-law to the King of Barataria) (Claimed by Foon)
Cassilda - their daughter who was wed in babyhood to the King of Barataria but secretly in love with Luiz (Claimed by Elizabby)
Luiz - their only remaining servant
Inez - the nurse who stole the infant King of Barataria and the only one who knows who he really is. (This is a very small part, as Inez only appears right at the end for the "big reveal". This role could easily be doubled with the Narrator, if desired.)
Narrator - easy job, not much narration here apart from the LV disclaimer and intro. Could be doubled with Inez or any chorus role if desired.

Female Chorus roles all involves lines as well as songs:
Fiametta
Vittoria
Giulia

Male chorus has been condensed into two roles:
Francesco/Giorgio
Antonio/Annibale
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Post by alanmapstone » October 20th, 2018, 8:23 am

I know it is early days but may I claim The Grand Inquisitor?
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Post by Foon » October 20th, 2018, 9:21 am

If claims are open already, can I play the Duchess?
Foon - Please correct my pronunciation!

Readers needed:
Arabian Nights (Vol. 10)

PL needed:
Swanhilde (section 8)

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Post by Elizabby » October 20th, 2018, 1:13 pm

Thanks Alan and Foon! Both claims accepted! I'll put them in the second post for now and transfer them to the MW when we get one.

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Post by tgeller » October 21st, 2018, 4:48 am

There's an amusing typo in the text:
If you are reading stage directions, please include for each file:At the beginning: Act [#] of W. S. Gilbert , by The Gondoliers .
:lol:
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Post by tgeller » October 21st, 2018, 4:50 am

I'm just getting back into doing Librivox readings after a few years away. May I take the Narrator?
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Post by annise » October 21st, 2018, 5:03 am

I'll get you an MW - back soon. Done. I changed the genre to a play - I'm leaving the file formats to you as only the final one needs to conform to archive
And I'm off to bed, will fix anything else after
rising early in the morning to proceed to light the fire, and my Majesty adorning with my workaday attire, I'll embark without delay ..... "

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Post by leanneyauyau » October 21st, 2018, 12:58 pm

I'll claim Gianetta?
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Post by Elizabby » October 21st, 2018, 1:29 pm

Thanks Tom and Leanne! Both claims will be put into the MW later today!

Tom, as the Narrator you need to read the LV disclaimer, your own voice credit and the scene opening. Then any "action" directions such as "lifting blindfold". If you aren't sure, please include it as it is always easier to cut than to add!

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Post by Elizabby » October 22nd, 2018, 1:22 am

MW is filled in and we are ready to roll!

Anne, you've never done any recording that I've heard - but if you ever wanted to, Inez is a nice little part that would probably suit your voice?

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Post by annise » October 22nd, 2018, 1:36 am

I used to record, but since I had Bell's Palsy I slur when I'm tired, so I make covers instead.
My older sister was in the Youth Operatic society and they performed 2 G&S per year, and I used to be a child usher so I know most of the songs off by heart.

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Post by WiltedScribe » October 22nd, 2018, 1:32 pm

May I claim Giuseppe Palmieri, please? :) I'll do my best with the Italian.
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Post by Elizabby » October 22nd, 2018, 1:46 pm

There's not much Italian - it's basically all in the first scene for establishing the setting, then they forget about it! Act 2 takes place in "Barataria" so there's no Italian there at all!

Thanks Tomas and TJ, your claims will appear in the MW soon!

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