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HOW TO START A  TEEN READERS’ THEATER <ul><li>Presented By </li></ul><ul><li>Rori Bielak </li></ul><ul><li>and </li></ul><...
WHAT IS READERS’ THEATER? <ul><li>A form of theater with no memorization </li></ul><ul><li>Script is read onstage </li></u...
ITS ARRIVAL AT DPL <ul><li>Something that the teens can own </li></ul><ul><li>Utilize our wonderful space-  </li></ul><ul>...
WHY READERS’ THEATER? <ul><li>Introduces teen to great literature and different genres </li></ul><ul><li>Allows for writin...
CHOOSING SCRIPTS <ul><li>Five different ways to obtain scripts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Free scripts from the Internet </li><...
RECRUITING TEENS <ul><li>Flyers, class tours, school visits, call drama teachers, Library website, Library blog </li></ul>...
 
 
 
 
CONDUCTING A REHEARSAL <ul><li>Meet every other week </li></ul><ul><li>Describe possible spaces </li></ul><ul><li>First an...
COSTUMING AND PROPS <ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cheap, cheap, cheap </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Thrift stores...
MUSIC AND SOUND EFFECTS <ul><li>Use music from your own collection </li></ul><ul><li>Choose thematic music as audience is ...
SET DESIGN <ul><li>Minimal </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use of chairs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Music stands </li></ul></ul><ul>...
PROMOTION <ul><li>Teens Get Involved poster and flyer </li></ul><ul><li>Teen Blog </li></ul><ul><li>http://dplteens.blogsp...
 
 
 
HELPFUL HINTS FOR PERFOMANCE <ul><li>Have teens arrive early </li></ul><ul><li>Recruit parents for backstage help </li></u...
CAST PARTY <ul><li>We schedule the party just prior to new season </li></ul><ul><li>Serve pizza and pop/refreshments </li>...
 
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Presented at Michigan Library Association Annual Conference 2007, The Library Network Teen Services Division 2008, MLA Spring Institute 2008

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    1. 1. HOW TO START A TEEN READERS’ THEATER <ul><li>Presented By </li></ul><ul><li>Rori Bielak </li></ul><ul><li>and </li></ul><ul><li>Oneka Wilson </li></ul><ul><li>Detroit Public Library </li></ul>
    2. 2. WHAT IS READERS’ THEATER? <ul><li>A form of theater with no memorization </li></ul><ul><li>Script is read onstage </li></ul><ul><li>Usually includes a narrator </li></ul><ul><li>Everything from costumes to set design can range from the minimal to elaborate </li></ul><ul><li>Introduces teen to great literature </li></ul><ul><li>Make them a star! </li></ul>
    3. 3. ITS ARRIVAL AT DPL <ul><li>Something that the teens can own </li></ul><ul><li>Utilize our wonderful space- </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Friends’ Auditorium </li></ul></ul><ul><li>It’s okay to borrow great ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Why reinvent the wheel? </li></ul>
    4. 4. WHY READERS’ THEATER? <ul><li>Introduces teen to great literature and different genres </li></ul><ul><li>Allows for writing experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Improves reading comprehension and fluency </li></ul><ul><li>Boosts their self-esteem </li></ul><ul><li>Gives the teen an opportunity to speak in front of an audience </li></ul><ul><li>Encourages positive collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Can be done on a shoestring budget </li></ul><ul><li>Teens have ownership by having a say </li></ul>
    5. 5. CHOOSING SCRIPTS <ul><li>Five different ways to obtain scripts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Free scripts from the Internet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.aaronshep.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Purchase scripts from the Internet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.scriptsforschools.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adapt from story or existing script, or modernize </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>From books </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Write your own </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://tinyurl.com/399kbl </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. RECRUITING TEENS <ul><li>Flyers, class tours, school visits, call drama teachers, Library website, Library blog </li></ul><ul><li>Detroit Free Press article </li></ul><ul><li>“ Teens Get Involved” registration form </li></ul><ul><li>Readers’ Theater email database </li></ul><ul><li>Calls made prior to rehearsals </li></ul>
    7. 11. CONDUCTING A REHEARSAL <ul><li>Meet every other week </li></ul><ul><li>Describe possible spaces </li></ul><ul><li>First and second rehearsals </li></ul><ul><li>Use of exercise </li></ul>
    8. 12. COSTUMING AND PROPS <ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cheap, cheap, cheap </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Thrift stores </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dollar stores </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Staff donations </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Especially around Halloween </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    9. 13. MUSIC AND SOUND EFFECTS <ul><li>Use music from your own collection </li></ul><ul><li>Choose thematic music as audience is seating themselves </li></ul><ul><li>Assign someone to execute sound effects </li></ul><ul><li>“ Sound effects” CD’s/tapes, drums, use your imaginations </li></ul>
    10. 14. SET DESIGN <ul><li>Minimal </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use of chairs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Music stands </li></ul></ul><ul><li>More elaborate </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ The Abolition Flyer” – still under $100 </li></ul></ul>
    11. 15. PROMOTION <ul><li>Teens Get Involved poster and flyer </li></ul><ul><li>Teen Blog </li></ul><ul><li>http://dplteens.blogspot.com </li></ul><ul><li>Invitation sent to staff and 10 per cast member </li></ul><ul><li>Program – utilize space for thank you’s </li></ul>
    12. 19. HELPFUL HINTS FOR PERFOMANCE <ul><li>Have teens arrive early </li></ul><ul><li>Recruit parents for backstage help </li></ul><ul><li>Noise </li></ul><ul><li>Arrange for video recording or photos </li></ul><ul><li>Give a brief presentation at the start </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure cast takes a final bow </li></ul><ul><li>Introduce each teen at the end </li></ul>
    13. 20. CAST PARTY <ul><li>We schedule the party just prior to new season </li></ul><ul><li>Serve pizza and pop/refreshments </li></ul><ul><li>A recording of the performance is shown </li></ul><ul><li>Certificates are distributed </li></ul><ul><li>Invite higher level staff to address teens </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss new season </li></ul>

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