“Roseland, during the height of the season was the liveliest place imaginable. If the Webers, a family of acrobats, were not practicing their act on the lawn before the veranda, the man with the trained goats was putting his animals through their tricks, a juggler was practicing his stunts, or the trained dogs were perfecting themselves.
Weaving in and out everywhere moving-picture actors in all sorts of make-up lent color to the bizarre scene. We all made up in our rooms and came to breakfast in our characters for the day. Six-thirty was our morning call when the weather was fine. On the evening before starting a new production we would all gather in Mr. Olcott’s room, the scenario would be read aloud and the characters allotted. Then would ensue a discussion of how each one was to make up.
At breakfast next day the make-ups would be commended or criticized, as called for, and changes would be made willingly and without hurt. Indeed I may say that in all the subsequent Kalem stock companies, for of course the personnel changed from year to year, this charming spirit of helpfulness, of give-and-take, this freedom from jealousy and envy, the quick word of praise for especially good work, always held. We acknowledged no real star or leading people. First one and then another player would be given the outstanding role, and I, as scenario writer, saw to it that the turns of each came regularly. The leading people in one play were often given small roles in the next while a strong star part would then fall to the character man or woman.” Gene Gauntier