Aspects of Readers Theatre
- The story is read aloud.
- Actors must read narrator and character lines.
- Actors bring the the story to life.
- There could be one narrator throughout.
- Each character could take his or her own narration as well as dialogue.
- One person could take more than one role.
Props and Costumes
- Props and costumes should be simple and suggestive. Possible props include books, dolls, old photographs, canes, jewellery, purses, suitcases, tickets, keys, flowers, medals, and paintbrushes; possible costumes include hats, scarves, gloves, shawls, jackets, uniforms, and aprons.
Readers Theatre Examples
Examples of Readers Theatre Scripts
- The Princess and the God: A Tale of Ancient India
- The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
- The Legend of Slappy Hooper An American Tall Tale
- The Baker’s Dozen: A Saint Nicholas Tale
- Master Maid A Tale of Norway
- The Magic Brocade: A Tale of China
- The Boy Who Wanted the Willies
- The Giant’s Wife A Tall Tale of Ireland
Readers Theatre Groups
Group 1: Sloppy Hooper
Melissa: Narrator 3 and Ray Sunshine
Daniel: Slappy Hooper
Althea: Narrator 2 and Baldwin Eagle and Michael
Maggie: Narrator 1 and Rose Red
Group 2: The Boy Who Wanted the Willies
Tia: Skeleton and Stranger #1, Sister, Princess, Werewolf
Lie Von: Father, Stranger 2, King, Vampire, Skeleton 2 and Giant
Group 3: The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
Anthony: Pig and Narrator
Carol: Pig 3 and Narrator
Group 4: The Princess and the God
Saesha: Narrator and Teacher
Raghad: Goddess and Savitri
Jacky: King and Yama
Divine: Narrator and Satyavan
Group 5: The Magic Brocade
Razan: Widow and Old Woman
Group 6: The Baker’s Dozen
Rinelle: Narrator 2
Sohyla: Narrator 1
Group 7: The Master Maid
Sara: Master Maid
Group 8: The Giant’s Wife
Neha: Narrator and Finn
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