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    Our Handbook & Constitution 

     

    “Speak the speech I pray you, as I pronounced it to you, trippingly on the tongue; but if you mouth it as many of your players do; I had as life the town-crier spoke my lines.  Nor do not saw the air too much with your hand, thus, but use all gently; for in the very torrent, tempest, and as I may say, whirlwind of your passion, you must acquire and beget a temperance that may give it smoothness.  O, it offends me to the soul to hear a robustious periwig-pated fellow tear a passion to tatters, to very rags, to split the ears of the groundlings, who for the most part are capable of nothing but inexplicable dumb-shows and noise.  I would have such a fellow whipped for o’erdoing Termagant.  It out-Herod’s Herod.  Pray you avoid it.”

     

    ...........     “Be not too tame neither, but let your own discretion be your tutor.  Suit the action to the word, the word to the action, with this special observance, that you o’erstep not the modesty of nature.  For anything so o’erdone is from the purpose of playing, whose end, both at the first and now, was and is to hold as ‘twere the mirror up to nature; to show virtue her feature, scorn her own image, and the very age and body of the time his form and pressure.  Now this overdone or come tardy off, though it makes the unskillful laugh, cannot but make the judicious grieve, the censure of the which one must in our allowance o’erweigh a whole theatre of others….”

     

    Hamlet III: 2 – William Shakespeare

     

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