M. David Samples to Mrs. Inglis Fletcher, 24
M. David Samples was brought in from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to direct Queen Anne’s Bell
. Handwritten notes can be found on the pages of the script that Samples sent to Inglis Fletcher covering her role as Queen
Anne. The darker ones are most likely Samples’ directions. The notes in blue, however, may be Fletcher’s suggested changes
to the script mentioned in her reply to Samples dated 26 September 1955.
THE GOVERNOR'S COMMISSION
CELEBRATION OF THE 250TH ANNIVERSARY
OF THE INCORPORATION OF
BATH, NORTH CAROLINA
B. A. BROOKS, MAYOR
EDMUND H. HARDING, CHM.
WASHINGTON. NORTH CAROLINA
117 Pierce Street
September 24, 1955
My dear Mrs Fletcher:
Enclosed find a copy of your scene in the forthcoming pagent: QUEEN ANNE'S BELL. I understand Mr. Grayson Harding also of
Edenton is to play your Lord Chamberlain enabling you to rehearse together. That should ameliorate our burden here. Notice
a few suggestion of business. There is not much. Add as you wish within the framework of the scene.
A bit of the proceeding and following scene has been included so you may know your place in the overall arrangement of scenes.
If there are any further questions I will be happy to advise.
There is to be no aplification [sic]. But the amphitheatre is small and I expect you will have no trouble as long as you remain
conscious of projecting.
I understand you have some costume pieces. Please contact Mrs Wilton Wilson of Bath if you need any additional costume. She
is chairman. You will not want anything in your hands but I do suggest a coronet or jeweled head piece. She would not, of
course, wear a crown on this simple informal occassion [sic]. If you recall Queen Elizabeth's coronet from THE LOST COLONY
that would do perfectly.
If at all possible I hope you and Mr. Harding will arrive prior to the production so that we might run over the scene a time
or two before the evening. We expect it to be one of the highlights of the pagent and want it to be as fine as circumstances
will allow. Please advise when you expect to arrive so I might arrange a schedule.
Looking forward to seeing you, I am,
[Signature] M david Samples
M. David Samples, Director
||Special Collections, Joyner Library, East Carolina University
||Inglis Fletcher Papers, #21.13.e
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