Readers Theatre can be
performed in front of an audience
or may be in front of classmates.
Staging is simple and common
items like chairs and paper towel
tubes are used. Characters rely
on their imagination to turn a pencil
into a microphone to communicate
their roles. Music stands support
scripts. Benches, stools, chairs,
risers and boxes provide different
levels for both standing and sitting.
A cape or hat symbolize a particular
character. Remember that simplicity
of the staging means an easy and
enjoyable production. Stress and
anxiety are kept at a minimum for
performers and Teachers!
SIMPLE READERS THEATRE
Select a script.
After reading several times, readers sit in a circle.
Rehearse reading, focusing on character and expression.
When finished rehearsing gather your music stands and place them in a straight line or arrange them in a semi- circle. Place the main character downstage and the lesser characters stage right, stage left or further upstage. Readers upstage should be on a higher level. I suggest using a box or some flat boards.
Reader Roles Names of Students
Narrator 1 ______________________
Readers enter from stage right, with scripts under their right arms. When in position behind music stands, Narrator1 gives the signal by placing the script on the music stand. The other students place their scripts down and lower their heads which means they are not in action.