The history of the Boston Theatre, 1854-1901

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Houghton Mifflin Company, 1908 - Theaters - 550 pages
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Page 13 - Into the night go one and all. The curtain falls, the play is played: The Beggar packs beside the Beau; The Monarch troops, and troops the Maid; The Thunder huddles with the Snow. Where are the revellers high and low? The clashing swords? The lover's call? The dancers gleaming row on row? Into the night go one and all.
Page 56 - Gentlemen, at the time of rehearsal or performance, are not to wear their hats in the Green Room, or talk vociferously. The Green Room is a place appropriated for the quiet and regular meeting of the company, who are to be called thence, and thence only, by the call boy, to attend on the Stage.
Page 55 - York, have hereunto interchangeably set their hands and affixed their seals the day and year first above written.
Page 56 - Any member of the-company unable, from the effects of stimulants, to perform, or to appear at rehearsal, shall forfeit a week's salary, and be liable to be discharged. 4. For making the Stage wait, Three Dollars.
Page 56 - Prompter's watch is to regulate time ; ten minutes will be allowed, (the firtt call only) for difference of clocks ; forfeit, twenty-five cents for each scene — every entrance to constitute a scene ; the whole rehearsal at the same rate, or four dollars, at the option of the Manager. 6. A Performer rehearsing from a book or part, after proper time has been allowed for study, shall forfeit Five Dollars. 7. A Performer introducing his own language, or improper jests not in the author, or swearing...
Page 57 - Any person talking loud behind the scenes, to the interruption of the performance, to forfeit Five Dollars. 9. Every Performer, concerned in the first act of a play, to be in the Green Room, dressed for performance, ten minutes before the time of beginning, as expressed in the bills, or to forfeit Five Dollars. The Performers in the second act to be ready when the first finishes. In like manner with every other act. Those...
Page 6 - No other theatre in the world has presented so many notabilities to the public, from tragedians and grand opera singers to negro minstrels and various performers, from orators and clergymen to ballet dancers and athletes. Scarcely any worldfamous artist in the last fifty years has missed making his or her appearance at the Boston Theatre, and myriads of words have fallen from their lips for its beauty, its comfort, and its unparalleled acoustics.
Page 57 - When a change of dress is necessary, tea minnies will be allowed. 10. Every Performer's costume to be decided on by the Manageress, and a Performer who makes any alteration in dress without the consent of the Manageress, or refuses to wear the costume selected, shall forfeit Three Dollars. 11. If the Prompter shall be guilty of any neglect in his office, or omit to forfeit where penalties are incurred, by non-observance of the Rules and Regulations of the Theater, he shall forfeit for each offense,...
Page 1 - ... their ancestors, who looked with horror on the profligacy of Charles the Second, when, imitating the contagious example of the monarch, the English nation became abandoned to gross sensuality. The arts were prostrated in the cause of licentiousness, and the drama did not escape the contamination. You will have, sooner or later, a first-class theatre in Boston, and if properly built and properly conducted, it will prove A BOON TO THE PUBLIC, AND A FORTUNE TO THE MANAGER.
Page 4 - The Boston Theatre was opened in 1854, and was so far in advance of the times that even today no theatre in the world has been able to surpass it in all important particulars. In beauty of line, in acoustic properties, in ventilation, in ease and economy of heating, in generosity of entrances and lobbies, in comfort and celerity of exit, in size and capabilities of stage, it has been a model for all the large theatres that have since been constructed in this country. No other theatre in the world...

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