Life Before Stratford: The Memoirs of Amelia Hall by Amelia Hall

By Amelia Hall

By the time Amelia corridor died abruptly in December 1984 she had develop into considered one of Canada's most beneficial and well-loved actresses. during this publication she has left an incomparable checklist of her early years within the specialist theatre in Canada. particularly, those memoirs chronicle the historical past of the Canadian Repertory Theatre of Ottawa, one of many first specialist repertory theatres in Canada. less than Amelia Hall's path within the past due forties and early fifties, the CRT gave a begin to the careers of such outstanding Canadian actors as Christopher Plummer, Eric condominium, William Hutt, Ted Follows and William Shatner.

In nowadays of long-running company backed extravaganzas, it truly is instructive to learn of the struggles and accomplishments of those pioneers of theatre in Canada, acting weekly repertory on a shoestring price range, with few amenities adn minuscule salaries. but it was once those fans who supplied the foundation for the flowering of the Canadian theatrical scene within the Sixties and Seventies. it truly is applicable that those memoirs may still culminate in Amelia Hall's portrayal of the woman Anne in Richard III contrary Alec Guinness on the first Stratford competition in 1953, making her the 1st Canadian and the 1st lady to talk at the Stratford stage.

This e-book is lavishly illustrated with images from Amelia Hall's own assortment, now housed on the nationwide information of Canada.

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He was the only fellow in the company who could have lifted even me that high. He had had army training. If we were not on-stage, we students were expected to appear in the audience on first nights in pretty evening dresses. " I told her. She stiffened, "Oh! " 54 There was a woman who came to the Mohawk Festival to get actors for her company, which toured the classics to schools. She was said to be related to the great Tree family. I was warned that she was a martinet who paid poor wages. " One got to know some very good actors.

I assured them that it was useless to ask me to find teachers to act for them, because teachers cannot necessarily act. Anyway, I could hardly go up to a teacher and say, "The NFB is looking for someone to play a snarlytype teacher, and I have suggested you\" I convinced the NFB that there were DDL actors who would be much more suitable, though they were civil servants and not teachers by profession. I found that I could think of absolutely no one to play the leading role, however. " There was an awkward pause.

I had left there knowing nothing about methods, except that one of them was called the Dalton method, and I did not have a clue as to what it was. I did know that I knew my subjects inside out. What I soon realized I lacked totally was knowledge of human nature and life, in spite of all my knowledge of Shakespeare, who is the authority on human nature. Nothing had been said at OCE about people, their varying intelligences and their turbulent hearts. I entered teaching thinking that my task was to fill their heads with knowledge, in such a way that they would love what they learned.

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