SCRIPTING for READER'S THEATRE
1) Scripting as an art form- books to movies: treatments, adaptations
- aesthetic decision making process
2) The scripting process- how many readers in the group?
- select stories that support this many voices
- who are your readers?
- suite the literature to the group
- after selection:
- make xerox of story!
- do all markings on copy
3) What type or category of story?- first person narrative?
- best done solo?
- diff. readers represent diff. aspects of "I"
- many "I's"
- diff attitudes of "I"
- reflective / interactive "I"
- third person omniscient
- look at and separate exposition vs. dialogue
4) problems you might encounter:
A) amount of narrative much greater than dialogue- split narration?
- multiple narrators?
- how to split?
- let the pattern emerge, don't impose.
- narr for each char. (2 main chrctrs)
- narr for diff "qualities"
- action vs. description
- expos. vs. character
- digital vs. analogic
B) amount of narrative greater than dialogue
(esp. w/ 3 characters)- third person personal narration
- let reader representing char. read:
- "internal dialogue"
- lines of thought
- lines of emotions
- lines of sensory perception
- character descriptions (theirs & other's)
- descriptions of actions (theirs & other's)
- settings the character is in
- nothing omniscient
5) FINE TUNING: if it is too long...- strike superfluous characters
- create with focus
- can narr play one or two?
- can 1 reader play multiple roles?
- edit subplots
- are they important to main theme?
- what is the author's intent?
- what is your intent?
- present an excerpt:
- ex: chapter of Huck Finn
- does the excerpt read like a short story?
- does the excerpt have a shape? (beginning, middle, end)
- tag on needed char/scene descrptns
6) FINER TUNING: (polishing!)- edit "stage directions" (perform them)
- description of vocal qualities
- descriptions of actions
- edit impossible situations
- edit tags: "he said, she said"
- leave necessary ones
- character designation
- in and out of narrative blocks.
7) TRIAL READING- have designations clearly marked
- numbers for readers
- listen for flow
- is there a balance of voices?
- listen for continuity
- esp. where you have edited
- does it still make logical sense?
- does it still have integrity?
- does it have a shape?
- title page
- title and author
- character designations (numbers and abreviations)
- wide left margin
- bold character designation (visual weight)
- consistent character designation
- single spaced blocks, double between
- slight indent to text
- "up next" at bottom
- rest of pages:
- numbered of how many