The Theatre and Its People by Franklin FylesThe Theatre and Its People by Franklin Fyles

The Theatre and Its People

byFranklin Fyles

Paperback | February 8, 2012

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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.1900 Excerpt: ... XVI. Behind The Scenes. It is easy to go behind the scenes of a theatre if you have any real business there. But it is hard to make a social call on a friend, and the merely curious stranger cannot get in at all. The doorkeeper of the stage is not less obdurate than the one at the public entrance of the house. He has no option to let other than employes pass him, and the most he can do for you is to deliver your card or verbal message to the stage manager, without whose permission no outsider may enter. This rule of exclusion is enforced in every well-conducted theatre. It is a measure of both propriety and utility. Careless visitors might be indecorous, and they surely would be bothersome. So every applicant is referred to the stage manager, even if he comes by appointment with a leading actor. The man at the door is a scowler and growler. He is as likely as not full of geniality, but he keeps it from showing itseli in his face while on duty. He seems to be afraid that a smile with a "No" would make it a "Yes." He does not relax his severity of countenance even to the actresses as they arrive. If they bring along other companions than the privileged chaperone or maid-servant, the question of admission has to be settled as in the case of a stranger. The actresses come in street cars or carriages, in fine clothes or plain, according to taste and means. The actors present the same variety of appearance, from foppishness to shabbiness. All examine the "call case" as they go in. That is a board in which notices of rehearsals and other things are posted. They also ask for their mail. Letters are delivered to them by the doorkeeper unless there is reason to think that they contain bad news. Telegrams are usually withheld for the same reason until the performance ...
Title:The Theatre and Its PeopleFormat:PaperbackDimensions:32 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:February 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217374417

ISBN - 13:9780217374415