Staged Readers Theatre is a more advanced form of presentation. Movements such as entrances, exits and gestures add to the development of character throughout the performance.
Choose a script.
Decide on the role each person will play.
Read the script over several times in a quiet area of the classroom. Make sure you are pronouncing the words correctly and that you are reading with feeling.
Decide on the staging. Will you have different levels for narrators? How will you position the characters? What simple props that can be carried on stage with your script will you use? What gestures should you make
as you say the words? All group members are to help the other members say the words with feeling and expression. One member write out the plan and hand it to the teacher.
Will you use music stands? Decide and let the teacher know.
Discuss who will enter first, second, etc and how you will enter. Scripts should all be held in the right hand as you enter.
Decide who will give the signal to start.
Remember characters who do not speak first have their backs to the audience until it is their turn to speak.
When the performance ends, readers exit the stage taking the script with them one at a time in reversed order of entrance.
Draw out the floor plan of where everyone will stand on the stage to read. Example below.
See Aaron Shepard's Ideas.
An example of a simple staged play.
A few props can add visual interest and help
convey important story details. Always be on the
lookout to collect items that you and your group
might use to enhance your performances. It
may be helpful to have a bell to use for a phone
ringing or a computer keyboard for effect.
Chairs and bowls would add interest to a
performance where characters are at a table.
ORGANIZING SUPPLIES- Teachers
Organization is a essential
to Readers Theater. Designate a Readers
Theater center in your room or set aside a
cabinet or bookshelf for your supplies.
Large laundry bins are very good storage
units as well. Each group could have their
Use cereal boxes to hold
scripts and place each box next to the
laundry basket. The boxes could be covered
in Mac Tac.
Also, on a side
bulletin board or on large charts around the
room, post reminders and
announcements, count downs for when lines
should be known, etc.
Keeping all of the
materials together and easily accessible for
your students. If they know where to put
things it makes things go more smoothly and
helps to avoid 'time off task'. There is
nothing worse than kids always searching for
lost scripts and missing props.
COSTUMES Simple costumes and
props can help performers get into character and engage your audience.
These costumes need not be elaborate. They can be as simple as different
types of hats! These will help your audience to distinguish between
roles of characters and will increase their enjoyment . There are a few
rules to attend to for costumes and props.
(a) Keep costumes to a minimum so they donít distract
the audience or performers.
(b) Be sure that costumes are not too large so they
donít interfere with the performerís ability to perform or read the
(c) You may want to make costumes and props
at home. Sometimes if you have Home Economics or Family studies in your
school, the teacher could help by allowing you time to make your costume
Performers sometimes wear simple character nametags made of tag board
rather than costumes. You will have to make sure the name tag is large
enough that audience members at the back can see them. Your group can
decide if you need additional items to enhance the characters in your
script. Items, such as hats, glasses, and animals ears sometimes add
funny aspects to the play. In the instances where one student plays two
parts, costumes can help the audience to distinguish between the two
Simple masks can add interest and help if you feel shy in
front of an audience. The mask can make you feel less nervous about
performing. Be sure masks do not cover your mouth and do not interfere
with your ability to throw your voice.