OPEN[PLAY]Summer Boarders by Josephine Van Tassel Bruorton - thw

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Post by ToddHW » April 10th, 2021, 9:16 am

Thank you.

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Post by Salvationist » April 24th, 2021, 5:37 am

If you are wanting to open up this project to people outside the United States, I think you would be safe to do so, as it looks like the author died in 1938. The copyright entry for "Summer Boarders" indicates that Josephine Van Tassel Bruorton is from Bedford, Massachusetts, which is in Middlesex County:

https://books.google.ca/books?id=gxchAQAAIAAJ&pg=PA166&lpg=PA166&dq=%22Josephine+Van+Tassel%22+Bruorton&source=bl&ots=UXgFMY2ArL&sig=ACfU3U3ZYJF9-Z1-CeZq9gNRNnuHROQezA&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwj5_oX-7JbwAhVZQ80KHRTzDzYQ6AEwEnoECAsQAw#v=onepage&q=%22Josephine%20Van%20Tassel%22%20Bruorton&f=false

Findagrave.com indicates that a Josephine Bruorton who died in 1938 was buried in Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts:

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/162085041/josephine-bruorton

Both the copyright entry and the burial record refer to a Josephine Bruorton from Middlesex County, Massachusetts. It is very likely that these two records refer to the same Josephine Bruorton, and that the author of "Summer Boarders" therefore died in 1938. This death date also makes sense with the date of publication of Bruorton's works; "Summer Boarders" was published in 1907, and the latest publication date I can find for any others of her works is 1922.

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Post by ToddHW » April 24th, 2021, 5:50 am

Great. I have updated the first post to indicate that this play is now open to all; also changed info about Josephine in the MW Author database. Good detective work!

Thanks, Todd

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Post by mightyfelix » April 24th, 2021, 7:31 am

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Post by Marya999 » May 3rd, 2021, 6:20 pm

Must regretfully relinquish Miss Karrenhappuch Wilkes. It's really a pity too because I've been saying her lines all over the house and the neighbors will be dreadfully disappointed. Best of luck, Kind regards, Marya.

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Post by ToddHW » May 4th, 2021, 5:43 am

Thank you.

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Post by Kitty » May 12th, 2021, 1:58 am

Can I resist a name like Karrenhappuck ? :lol: (written with a 'k' at the end by the way) I think I'll give it a try with this role, though the accent is daunting to say the least. :shock: I will listen to my brother Joshua before starting out....

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Post by ToddHW » May 12th, 2021, 5:19 am

Thank you.

(Yes, I see that the name may end with a K in the script, but in the preceding cast list and character descriptions it ends with H. Probably should be pronounced with a K sound in either case, but I bet it get mispronounced with a ch sometimes too. Like by me...)

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Post by Kitty » May 21st, 2021, 7:24 am

Here's Happy. And Todd...I didn't read the play before I claimed so now I find out that I'm gonna get married to your Tom Sharpe in the end :lol: seems you cannot escape your lot, but I didn't do it on purpose.

Oh and this accent was the most challenging I ever tried I think :? I do hope I'm still comprehensible. I sound like I spent my life in barn-dancings :lol:

https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/summerboarders_karren_1_128kb.mp3
Recording time: 3:00 min.

https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/summerboarders_karren_2_128kb.mp3
Recording time: 3:00 min.

https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/summerboarders_karren_3_128kb.mp3
Recording time: 3:36 min.

https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/summerboarders_karren_4_128kb.mp3
Recording time: 1:15 min.

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Post by mightyfelix » May 21st, 2021, 8:20 am

I can't wait to hear it! Unfortunately, I'll have to, as I'm at work. :lol:

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Post by ToddHW » May 21st, 2021, 9:00 am

Kitty wrote:
May 21st, 2021, 7:24 am
Here's Happy. And Todd...I didn't read the play before I claimed so now I find out that I'm gonna get married to your Tom Sharpe in the end :lol: seems you cannot escape your lot, but I didn't do it on purpose.

Oh and this accent was the most challenging I ever tried I think :? I do hope I'm still comprehensible. I sound like I spent my life in barn-dancings :lol:

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Didn't do it on purpose? Ha! Maybe I should only pick characters where all possible wives or other relations are already claimed - and recorded....

I look forward to hearing your take on a barn-dancing accent. Swing your partner, do-si-do!

Thanks, Tom - er, Todd

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Post by mightyfelix » May 24th, 2021, 7:44 pm

Kitty wrote:
May 21st, 2021, 7:24 am
Here's Happy. And Todd...I didn't read the play before I claimed so now I find out that I'm gonna get married to your Tom Sharpe in the end :lol: seems you cannot escape your lot, but I didn't do it on purpose.

Oh and this accent was the most challenging I ever tried I think :? I do hope I'm still comprehensible. I sound like I spent my life in barn-dancings :lol:

https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/summerboarders_karren_1_128kb.mp3
Recording time: 3:00 min.

https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/summerboarders_karren_2_128kb.mp3
Recording time: 3:00 min.

https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/summerboarders_karren_3_128kb.mp3
Recording time: 3:36 min.

https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/summerboarders_karren_4_128kb.mp3
Recording time: 1:15 min.

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I think you did very well with the accent! You're right, it is a tough one to do.

I came so close to being able to give you a PL ok on all four acts. But you have one last and final line, on page 70! "Land, yes. An' like's not, we'll stay all winter."

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Post by Kitty » May 25th, 2021, 1:54 am

mightyfelix wrote:
May 24th, 2021, 7:44 pm
I came so close to being able to give you a PL ok on all four acts. But you have one last and final line, on page 70! "Land, yes. An' like's not, we'll stay all winter."
:shock: I even had a hard time now digging it out after looking at page 70 :lol: it would have been easier if they had not abbreviated the names :? I'm surprised I didn't miss more quotes.

Here is the added line at the end:

https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/summerboarders_karren_4_128kb.mp3
Recording time: 1:21 min.

thank you, Devorah !

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Post by Eatslugss » June 1st, 2021, 11:01 pm

Hi! I'm interested in the part of Pansy Pratt, but was wondering what accent this is supposed to be read in? thanks!

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Post by ToddHW » June 2nd, 2021, 3:55 am

I very honestly leave choice of accents and characterizations in ANY part up to the reader. One of the key pleasures of running a play here at Librivox is finding out what the various readers have decided is right. Usually some unexpected things, and always different from how I had originally pictured the play on stage myself. So that the completed play is not my vision of what should be, but a truly new and exciting collaborative creation.

I am glad to see that your equipment is all set up properly as shown by your one minute test.

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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