Readers' Theatre Troupe
In 2013, several of my stage friends were at a reception, lamenting over how difficult it is to memorize lines, remember blocking, and attend numerous rehearsals and performances. And we all missed being on stage!
Recalling my readers' theatre scripts, I mentioned this to the group as a possible means to get back on stage without going through the difficulties. And so, my Readers' Theatre Troupe was born.
Several of us met to review radio scripts, scenes from plays, and other material that would lend itself to scripting. Our local community theatre supported our efforts, helped us with publicity, printed business cards for us, gave us space in the theatre's program, and before we knew it, we were getting bookings!
We're going strong; developing new scripts and programs to present to venues inviting us back (we don't want to repeat our material!) Our theatrical needs are being met, our audiences love us (we even get standing ovations!) and we're having fun!
We do not charge for our performances, but do request that a donation be made to our community theatre. Thus far, the community has graciously responded, and the theatre is delighted with our donations!
Perhaps other communities would be interested in developing a Readers' Theatre Troupe. If so, check out my article on Scripting
for tips on how to create a script.
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