The Book of Play Production for Little Theaters, Schools and Colleges

The Book of Play Production for Little Theaters, Schools and Colleges

The Book of Play Production for Little Theaters, Schools and Colleges

The Book of Play Production for Little Theaters, Schools and Colleges

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The historian Froude called attention to the fact that in Tudor England "there was acting everywhere," on the village green, in the baronial hall, in the courtyards of the inns and in the Inns of Court. As no great general was ever born in a race of cowards, so no great playwright was ever developed except in a people who were devoted to the drama. It was the widespread interest of all classes in England which made the path straight for Shakespeare's predecessors and which made possible the triumphant expansion of his own many-sided genius.

It augurs well for the future of the drama in the United States that there is now "acting everywhere," not only that of professional performers in the regular theaters but also (and especially) the ardent and ambitious strivings of amateur players in schools and colleges in open-air theaters and in the Little Theaters which have been springing up in every state of the Union. The performances of these aspiring groups are often vigorous and stimulating although they are sometimes hesitating and uncertain; but however inadequate they may be on occasion they are all significant of a widespread interest in the drama.

It is for the benefit of these various organizations that Mr. Milton Smith has prepared the chapters that . . .

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