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