The Children's Educational Theatre

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Harper & Brothers, 1911 - Theater - 150 pages

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Page 134 - Zeus who gave them forth, Nor justice, dwelling with the gods below, Who traced these laws for all the sons of men ; Nor did I deem thy edicts strong enough, That thou, a mortal man, should'st overpass The unwritten laws of God that know no change. They are not of to-day nor yesterday, But live forever, nor can man assign - When first they sprang to being.
Page 75 - The chariest maid is prodigal enough, If she unmask her beauty to the moon: Virtue itself scapes not calumnious strokes: The canker galls the infants of the spring, Too oft before their buttons be disclos'd; And in the morn and liquid dew of youth Contagious blastments are most imminent.
Page ix - I, Ch. VII, 20. The genial old gentleman has been satisfied too long to leave undone those things which he ought not to do. Pall Mall Mag. Note. The gerund-construction seems to be preferred In literary diction, the Infinitive-construction In colloquial language. GERUND-CLAUSES...
Page 62 - Like the play is fortune given, Sometimes "odd" and sometimes "even". Our lives should be like the day, growing more beautiful toward the evening. On the broad highway of action Friends of worth are far and few, So when one...
Page 151 - ... through the Children's Educational Theatre, says: "It (the Children's Educational Theatre) will be a true civic force, since it will evolve from the people and be a part of the life of the community. Youth's desire to see and play the acted story is a spontaneous effort to make material of thought, to construct an operative image, and through its use is found new power of capacity in the human soul. This desire must be used as material for moral progress, not shoved aside as impedimenta. The...
Page 122 - ... the modern drama ? Poetry itself comes out of the heart of humanity through the imaginations of men. Poetry in the drama comes, therefore, originally out of the audiences. The Elizabethan drama, the Greek drama, were products of the nature of Elizabethan and Greek audiences.
Page 62 - ... the opportunity to act out an impulse. Give the boy of fifteen his chance to play a thief or a murderer on a stage in the costume and environment of the part, he will usually experience all he wants of stealing and killing. It may be highly dramatic to be one of the street gang, and it sets you up in the eyes of the other fellows, but it is just as picturesque if you can do it on the stage, and, besides, you have a better audience.
Page 24 - ... vivacity and humour. In Audrey and Corin the passion of Orlando and Rosalind is gently parodied ; in Touchstone the melancholy humour of Jaques is set out in more effective relief. There are threatenings of tragedy in the beginning of the play, but they are dissolved in an air in which purity and truth and health serve to resolve the baser designs of men into harmless fantasies., In Jaques, however, there appears for the first time the student of his kind who has pierced the illusions of place...
Page 4 - ... Educational Theatre, and by the House of Play in Washington. In her talk on the Children's Educational Theatre, Mrs. Minnie Herts-Heniger gave a graphic and interesting account of the beginnings of this work with children, and of its great success in lower New York, confessing: "I learned my lesson that the dramatic instinct is a primitive impulse so deeply rooted that its fostering in the right direction may be organized in any and every educational result.
Page 104 - ... briefer. It usually occurs just before or perhaps in the early teens, when it seems as if the soul suddenly took flight, awakening with a start to the possibilities of transcending the narrow limitations of individual life and expanding...

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