Readers theater is kind of in between reading the script
silently to yourself and watching a full production of the play.
Who is speaking: Each line of the play begins with a
name. This tells you who is speaking. The actors do not
say the names of their characters before each line. The
names are included so that the actors (and readers) know
who is speaking. Sometimes, the names are written in
bold print to set them off from the rest of the text.
What is not said aloud: The words that appear in italics
between the brackets are not to be spoken aloud. These
words are directions that shape the action of the play.
Don’t worry about memorizing the lines or having
props. Just read the lines while acting as if you are
carrying out the actions described in italics. Use your
voice to portray your character!
from A Doll’s House by Norwegian playwright, Henrik Ibsen
How lovely of you to come and
visit me in the hospital. You are
much too kind.
You see a friend weeks after you broke your leg. She did NOT visit you in the hospital.
Your old friend comes all the way from Alaska to visit you the day after you broke your leg.
Someone you really don’t know that well visits you and brings you flowers you’re allergic to.
Your favorite 3 year old cousin leaps into your hospital room carrying a big stuffed bear.
You are in a lot of pain, having just woken from surgery, and your teacher walks into the room.
(depending on your character’s motivation)
I love you.
That’s not what I meant.
Leave me alone.
You can say that again.
I don’t care.
Of course I will.
You are crazy.
"The Necklace" pages 157-174 in Classics for Young Readers