No, not the famous “Of Mice and Men” you’re thinking of. Instead, we have a sweet romantic comedy that tells the story of a bachelor, Mr. Embury, who decides to conduct an experiment to see if he can create the perfect wife for himself. To do so, he chooses an orphaned girl named Peggy to become his ward and ultimately his wife. Peggy, however, thinks that Mr. Embury has plans for her to become the wife of his nephew, Captain Lovell, whom she believes is in love with another woman. A critic who was not fond of sentimental stories called this play a fairy story with a sincere spirit and one they could actually believe in. (Summary by Jenn Broda)
Readers may choose to do 2 of the “girls” in Act 1 if your voices can be different enough.
Molly can also do one of the girl’s voices since they aren’t in the same act.
Roles are gender neutral.
Source text (please read only from this text!): https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=hvd.hx5x6t&view=1up&seq=7&skin=2021
Available as a PDF here:https://archive.org/details/mice_and_men_madeleine_lucette_ryley
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Genres for the project: Plays/Comedy
Keywords that describe the book: romance, sentimental comedy, female playwright
LibriVox recording settings: mono (1 channel), 44100 Hz sample rate, 128 kbps constant bit rate MP3. See the Tech Specs
For individual roles:
Submit one file per act. At the beginning of the first file, say:
Leave 3-5 seconds of space between your lines (room noise, not generated silence)."Character, read by your name."
For narration/stage directions:
Leave 0.5 to 1 second of silence at the beginning.
At the end of each file say:"Act # of Mice and Men, by Madeleine Lucette Ryley. This is a LibriVox recording. All LibriVox recordings are in the public domain. For more information or to volunteer, please visit librivox.org."
If you are recording the final section of the book, add:"End of Act #."
Leave 5 seconds of silence at the end."End of Mice and Men, by Madeleine Lucette Ryley."
For individual roles: miceandmen_role_#.mp3 where # is the act number. (e.g. miceandmen_romeo_1.mp3)
For final files: miceandmen_#_ryley_128kb.mp3 where # is the act number. (e.g. miceandmen_1_ryley_128kb.mp3)
Upload to the LibriVox Uploader: https://librivox.org/login/uploader
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MC to select: mightyfelix
Copy and paste the file link generated by the uploader into a new post in this thread along with the file duration (mm:ss). Watch this thread for prooflistening notes.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask! Just post in this thread.