R. C. Smith — Audio — The Courtship Gift Audio Project

The Courtship Gift Audio Project

This is the page for the audio recording project — work in progress, or rather, work in the process of being started.

Latest update: January 31, 2020

This is a non-commercial project. The full audio version of “The Courtship Gift” will be freely available for listening and downloading on this website.

I am looking for 3 to 5 female and one male voice actresses/actor.

For contact, please write to rc@rc-smith.net.

“The Courtship Gift (A South Sea Cannibal Opera)” is a story I have written in early 2014. Often, when reading one of Sabrina’s little stories, I had thought there was an operaic quality to them, and this time I finally decided to carry this idea out. I’m serious about this being an opera libretto — someone should set it to music — but for now, let’s be content with spoken words. Sabrina, sadly, will not be able to hear them, she has died in the spring of 2017.

For some personal background information about Brinala, where this story takes place, see here.

Warning: Befitting the genre of opera, this is a sad story of love and death. Also, it’s a bit over-the-top and includes cannibalism and graphic scenes of violence and torture.

The Courtship Gift

Download the full text (plain text format)

To read The Courtship Gift in PDF, epub or mobi (Kindle) format, download Herons and Heroines from the Dunyazad Library website:

dunyazad-library.net/authors/rc-smith.htm

In this collection, it is the second of three texts (the other ones being The Island and The Messenger.)

The Parts

Estimated durations in minutes. Blue = still open.

Introduction — 2.5 — RC

Editor — 3.5 — RC

Lady A, letter — 5.5 — female

Lady A, essay — 20 — RC

Announcer — 1.5 — RC

Toy — 30 — female

Mistress — 11 — female, could be Lady A

Male Warrior — 6 — male

Cannibal Princess — 3.5 — female

Male Ship Captain — 3 — RC

Sabrina’s story — 5 — female, could be Toy or Lady A

Estimated total duration: ca. 90 minutes
Estimated duration of the “opera”: ca. 55 minutes

Chapters

Introduction — text — audio (2:39)

Editor’s Preface — text — audio (3:41)

Lady A’s Letter — text — audio

Lady A’s Essay — text — audio parts 1+2 (11:31)

Lady A’s Essay — audio parts 3+4 (8:13)

Announcer — text — audio

Act 1 Scene 1.1 — Toy — text — audio

Act 1 Scene 1.2 — Mistress — text — audio

Act 1 Scene 1.3 — Toy — text — audio

Act 1 Scene 1.4 — Mistress — text — audio

Act 1 Scene 1.5 — Toy — text — audio

Act 1 Scene 1.6 — Mistress — text — audio

Act 1 Scene 2.1 — Toy — text — audio

Act 2 Scene 1.1 — Male Warrior — text — audio

Act 2 Scene 1.2 — Cannibal Princess — text — audio

Act 2 Scene 1.3 — Toy — text — audio

Act 2 Scene 2.1 — Toy — text — audio

Act 2 Scene 2.2 — Cannibal Princess — text — audio

Act 3 Scene 1.1 — Male Ship Captain — text — audio (2:56)

Act 3 Scene 1.2 — Mistress — text — audio

Act 3 Scene 1.3 — Toy — text — audio

Act 3 Scene 2.1 — Mistress — text — audio

Act 3 Scene 2.2 — Toy — text — audio

Sabrina’s story — text — audio

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