Amateur Theatricals; A Practical Guide

Amateur Theatricals; A Practical Guide

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...worse than his first. These text-books are no doubt useful up to a certain point, but if the amateur wishes to give an artistic and effective performance he will find that three or four rehearsals with a good stage manager will be more beneficial than all the stereotyped rules that text-books give. In speaking of the voice, allusion has already been made to the varying emotions an actor may be called upon to portray, all of which come under the technical term, "passion." The dominant passions of all animals are love and hate; others are simply variants of these, and the higher the intellectual development the greater will be variety of passion. To understand the social requirements of a character you should study from life. Do not trust to the inspiration of the moment, for that way failure lies. It is utterly impossible for even the cleverest actor (unless he be a genius) to realise and portray all the complex passions of which human nature is capable; so it will be wise to go into the society from which your character is drawn, from the gutter to the palace, to see how people in their particular groove behave to each other, or to those above or below them in the social scale. In a word, the more fully you sink from your own identity in the character you undertake, the nearer you will be to perfection. It is recorded of Edmund Kean the great tragedian, and Madame Rachel, the greatest actress of her time, that they could coolly carry on a conversation at the wings, and in a moment, when their cue was given, rush on to the stage and spontaneously throw themselves into the most absorbing and violent passion of the scene; but Macready and FIG. 35. FIO. 38. Pace with Single Side Lines. Mark across Nose. Liston, on the other hand, would for...
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  • English
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