Reader’s Theater at the Library

Reader's Theater at the Library

Reader's theatre is a legitimate form of drama with actors using their voices and upper bodies to convey various roles in a script through reading to an audience. It differs from a play in that parts or roles are read rather than memorized.

Actors usually stand behind lecterns or music stands and use techniques such as vocal and facial expressions as well as hand and arm movements. Small hand props may be used as well.

Why should you do reader's theater in the library?

  • Improve reading skills and comprehension
  • Tell familiar stories in a creative way
  • Develop vocal and facial expression in order to effectively convey thoughts and emotions to an audience
  • Experience camaraderie with peers who also enjoy reading and performing

Acting Scripts

The following scripts have all been written or adapted by Linda Nesbitt. You are free to print them out for your personal or educational use.

The Little Rag Doll - Word file | PDF file
A school teacher, staying late to grade papers, is visited by a strangely sad child.

The Ring Word file | PDF file
When Julie takes a short-cut through the cemetery and finds a ring, she soon discovers that the owner wants it back!

A Call from Uncle Andy - Word file | PDF file
After Ginger has a bad dream about Uncle Andy, she and Grandma begin receiving mysterious phone calls.

FairyTale Mystery Theater: Goldilocks and the Three Bears Word file | PDF file
An adaptation of the old fairy tale as a radio drama, complete with sound effects and commercials.

CRRL Picks: Readers Theater

Try our list of reader's theater resources, with interest levels ranging from children to young adult.

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