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The topsy­turvy concert.
92               What Shall We Do Now?
the model should be useful for the devising of other examinations of a similar character.
The performers in this concert, who should be of nearly the same size, take their places behind a sheet stretched across the room at the height of their chins. They then put stockings on their arms and boots on their hands (or this may be done before they come into the room), and stand looking over the sheet at the company, with their hands and arms carefully hidden. The con­cert begins by the singing of the first verse of a song. Immedi­ately the verse is finished, the singers, stooping down so that their heads disappear from view, thrust up their arms and wave them about, the effect being that of a row of people standing on their heads. The chorus is thus sung. Then they pull down their arms and put up their heads again and sing the next verse.
" Charades " can be written in advance and carefully rehearsed, but in this book we are concerned more nearly with those that are arranged a few minutes (the fewer the better) before they are performed. As a rule a word of two or three syllables is chosen, the syllables are first acted, then the whole word, and then the audience guess what it was. Sometimes the word is brought in, both in its complete form and in its syllables ; and sometimes—and this is perhaps the better way—it is acted. Thus, if the word were " Treason," one way would be to make the acts themselves anything that occurred to you, merely saying " Tree " with some distinctness in the first ; " Son " or " Sun " in the second; and " Treason" in the third. The other and more interesting way would be to make the first act relate to tree-felling or tree-planting, or, say, a performance by Mr. Tree ; the second to a son or the sun ; and the third to some treasonable situation, such as, for example, the Gunpowder Plot. On account of the time which is occupied in preparing and acting it is better to choose two-syllabled words—which, with the whole word, make
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