An Example of Script FormattingThis is an example of a tried and true format for Readers Theatre scripts.
Some features of note:
* The left margin is wider so you can hole-punch and place the script in a 3-ring binder.
* Character designations are clearly indicated, and stand out from the body of the text. Use a "hanging indent" to achieve this.
* Spacing is single for each character's lines, double-spaced between lines.
* A dash (--) not a colon (:) is used to draw the eye from the character designation to the spoken text.
* No character's lines are continued on a following page, forcing the reader to flip the page in the middle of a thought or sentence.
THE BEGINNING OF THE ARMADILLOS by RUDYARD KIPLING
1--NARRATOR, MOTHER JAGUAR
This is scripted for four readers
and the heading indicates the
characters that the numbered
readers are presenting.
1--This, O Best Beloved, is another story of the High and Far-Off Times. In the very middle of these times was: 2--A Stickly-Prickly Hedgehog, and he lived on the banks of the turbid Amazon,eating shelly snails and things. 1--And he had a friend: 3--A Slow-and-Solid Tortoise, who lived on the banks of the turbid Amazon,eating green lettuce and things. 1--And so that was all right, Best Beloved. Do you see? But also, and at the same time, in those High and Far-Off Times, there was: 4--A Painted Jaguar, and he lived on the banks of the turbid Amazon too; and he ate everything he could catch. When he could not catch deer or monkeys, he would eat frogs and beetles. And when he could not catch frog and beetles, 1--he went to his Mother Jaguar, and she told him how to eat hedgehogs and tortoises. She said to him ever so many times, graciously wav- ing her tail, 'My son, when you find a hedgehog, you must drop him into the water and then he will uncoil; and when you catch a tortoise, you must scoop him out of his shell with your paws.' And so, that was all right,Best Beloved. One beautiful night on the banks of the turbid Amazon
NEXT: " 4--Painted Jaguar found Stickly-Prickly Hedgehog..."
Indicating who is coming up
Indicating the title and what page of the total number
for that script will help
ARMADILLOS; PAGE 2 OF 7
4--Painted Jaguar found Stickly-Prickly Hedgehog and Slow-and-Solid Tortoise sitting under the trunk of a fallen tree. They could not run away, so: 2--Stickly-Prickly Hedgehog curled himself into a ball, because he was a hedgehog. 3--And Slow-and-Solid Tortoise drew in his head and feet into his shell as far as they could go, because he was a tortoise. 1--And so that was all right, Best Beloved. Do you see? 4--Now attend to me, because this is very important. My mother said that when I meet a hedgehog I am to drop him into the water and he will uncoil, and when I meet a tortoise I am to scoop him out of his shell with my paw. Now which one of you is hedgehog and which tortoise? Because, to save my spots, I can't tell. 2--Are you sure of what your Mummy told you? Are you quite sure? Perhaps she said that when you uncoil a tortoise you must shell him out of the water with a scoop, and when you paw a hedgehog, you must drop him on the shell. 3--Are you sure of what your Mummy told you? Are you quite sure? Perhaps she said that when you water a hedgehog you must drop him into you paw, and when you meet a tortoise you must shell him till he uncoils 4--I don't think it was at all like that-- 1--said Painted Jaguar, but he felt a little puzzled-- 4--Please, say it again more distinctly. 2--When you scoop water with your paw, you uncoil it with a hedgehog. Remember that, because it's important. 3--But when you paw your meat, you drop it into a tortoise with a scoop. Why can't you understand? 4--You are making my spots ache, and besides, I didn't want your advice at all. I only wanted to know which of you is hedgehog and which is tortoise. 2--I shan't tell you, but you can scoop me out of my shell if you like. 4--Aha! Now I know you're tortoise. You thought I wouldn't! Now I will!
Instead of spreading one reader's spoken text
two pages, it is preferable to begin the entire line on the next page.
This spares the reader a clumsy page flip and the
of an ill-timed pause (but not, unfortunately, the
heartbreak of psoriasis).
NEXT: " 1--Painted Jaguar darted out his paddy-paw .."
ARMADILLOS; PAGE 3 OF 7
1--Painted Jaguar darted out his paddy-paw just as Stickly-Prickly curled himself up, and of course Jaguar's paddy-paw was just filled with prickles. Worse than that, he knocked Stickly-Prickly away and away into the woods and bushes, where it was too dark to find him. Then he put his paddy-paw into his mouth, and of course the prickles hurt him worse than ever.