FULL[PLAY]Tom Cobb by W. S. Gilbert - thw

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Post by ToddHW » December 26th, 2020, 9:35 am

Tom Cobb; or Fortune's Toy by W. S. Gilbert (1836 - 1911).

Tom Cobb: "Why, there's a squalid old pauper idiot, a patient of his, who's got no name of his own, and Whipple [Doctor] christened him Tom Cobb, because he says he's tthe ugliest old lunatic he ever saw and reminds him of me. And all the boys in the neighborhood have taken it up, and he's been known as Tom Cobb for the last two years. That's pleasant of Whipple.... One Tom Cobb's enough at a time!" <br><br>

What happens to young Tom if the old Tom dies and all young Tom's bills are now erased since he be dead - but isn't? And if potential heirs of the young Tom decide to submit the young Tom's will in their favor instead of the old Tom's? Comedy done well.
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      • Link to author on Wikipedia (if available): (W. S. Gilbert) : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._S._Gilbert
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Post by alanmapstone » December 26th, 2020, 10:30 am

Bulstrode Effingham please.
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Post by Aikenpayne » December 26th, 2020, 10:55 am

Good Evening,

May I claim Colonel O'Fipp, please?



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Post by HelenaHorvat » December 26th, 2020, 11:34 am

Hi, could I read for Matilda O'Fipp, the Colonel's Daughter, Act 1, 2, and 3?

Thank you!
Helena :D

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Post by ToddHW » December 26th, 2020, 2:17 pm

Certainly. Thanks.

I have a short summary for the important special rules in drama; 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 using the words in the MW, which should be something like: "Matilda O'Fipp, the Colonel's Daughter, read by XXXX" (whatever you use for your reader name)

2) then browse through the text 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) You prepare and upload a separate file for each Act that your character is in. (Note - the section numbers change as I move stuff around on the MW, so remember character name, not section numbers.) 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 4-5 seconds or more. Even when you have the stage directions in the middle of your speech (for example: [kisses her hand]), also leave 4-5 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.

Thanks, Todd

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Post by WendyKatzHiller » December 26th, 2020, 3:11 pm

May I please read Mrs. Effingham?

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Post by AngeliqueAnja » December 26th, 2020, 4:09 pm

Can I please take Caroline Effingham?


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Post by awonski » December 26th, 2020, 5:55 pm

May I read the stage directions for Acts I, II and III?

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Post by ToddHW » December 26th, 2020, 6:04 pm

Thank you.

I just posted some stage direction hints in the One Act Play collection.

Thanks, Todd

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Post by ToddHW » December 28th, 2020, 6:21 pm

Just a reminder:

I need a DPL for the parts as submitted and then for the completed play once assembled. Any volunteers? Fame, fortune, and glory can be yours!

Thanks, Todd

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Post by jennlea » December 29th, 2020, 11:00 pm


I would be happy to DPL parts and the completed play :)
-Jenn B.
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Post by ToddHW » December 30th, 2020, 7:49 am

Thank you. You should have MW access now.


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