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2010-03-04 13:52:28 GMT 2010-03-08 13:00:00 (GMT -05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) Yes (click here to learn more about ) Closed 0 0 0 direct invitation(s) have been sent by the voice seeker resulting in 0 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far. Voice123 SmartCast is seeking 15 auditions and/or proposals for this project (approx.) Invitations sent by SmartCast have resulted in 0 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far.
United States, Connecticut, United States, New Jersey, United States, New York,
Head to the movies on any given weekend and you’ll probably find a horror film playing. Think scaring yourself to death is a modern trend? Think again! Terrifying tales of the suspenseful and supernatural have been with us since the beginning of time. In the 1800s, these stories were especially popular, part of a new genre known as “gothic literature.” Gothic novels are filled with fantasy, horror, darkness and dread, and take place in creepy settings, like haunted houses. In fact, this style of writing was influenced by the architecture of the time--buildings like gothic castles and cathedrals. In this workshop, you’ll read examples of classic and modern gothic literature and explore the dark secrets lurking within. In the video story, you’ll get a taste of vampire mania and find out why the un-dead will never be un-popular. Prepare yourself to discover…what lies beneath.
VO: Reading One: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
London, England. 1886. Robert Louis Stevenson, a Scottish writer, wakes from a gruesome nightmare… and it inspires him to write one of the greatest of all gothic stories: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
During Stevenson’s time, a period of English history known as the Victorian era, life in London was a tale of two cities. The upper classes of Victorian society were obsessed with morality and dignity—and appearing to be respectable. But the lower classes were living in shocking conditions. Families were crammed into overcrowded housing for the poor, and young children were working in dangerous factories. Stevenson’s story explores the contradictions between appearance and reality in Victorian society.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde also explores the idea that a person can show a good side to the world and have evil lurking underneath. As this retelling begins, the character of Dr. Jekyll is a popular and respected member of London society. But when the evil Mr. Hyde shows up, it’s clear that Dr. Jekyll is hiding something. You’ll find out what it is.
VO: Reading Two: Shadow Watcher
Have you ever been so upset about something that you were overwhelmed by anger? When the poet Tim Seibles felt that way, he channeled his anger into a poem called “Shadow Watcher.” In the poem, Seibels plays the part of a person who is consumed by rage. Seibels is a modern writer but his poem contains many of the elements of gothic literature—like madness, evil, and the unreal. He even makes reference to a famous gothic creature. When you read the poem, see if you can you figure out which one.
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