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Fairy tale Readers' Theatre

  • 1.  Fairy tale Readers' Theatre

    Posted 10 days ago
    We have been invited to provide a ~20 minute readers' theatre lead-in/"warm-up act" for our local storytelling festival. Any suggestions? Kids will be in attendance, so thinking a "fractured fairy tale" might be appropriate.


  • 2.  RE: Fairy tale Readers' Theatre

    Posted 9 days ago
    You and your students could use some of Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes and assign solo and group speaking parts and easily turn them into Readers Theatre.
    See, for example: https://www.roalddahlfans.com/dahls-work/books/revolting-rhymes/excerpt-goldilocks-and-the-three-bears/

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  • 3.  RE: Fairy tale Readers' Theatre

    Posted 9 days ago
    Have a look at Paul Sills Story Theater, not so much for the scripts themselves, which mostly aren't the best for kids. The language is very stilted, as if they used text verbatim from Grimm's Tales.  But look at  the way the stories are scripted. Using that format, you could easily script a few of your own. The kids could even write their own tales. Give them a simple structure, exposition, problem, solution, denouement. Let them craft simple stories, then stage them using 4 tableaux. One child tells the story, the rest act them out. This can be done without dialogue, or with minimal dialogue.

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    Ron Sopyla
    Beacon NY
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  • 4.  RE: Fairy tale Readers' Theatre

    Posted 7 days ago
    I use children's books for Reader's Theater with students on the dyslexic  spectrum and also in the regular classroom.  There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly is lots of fun and Are You My Mother, Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day.... Also The Adventures of Imogene.  I find using children's books takes out a lot of the tension of performing in front of folks and the kids can really have fun with voices and expressions....and you are marketing the library at the same time.  A win win! As long as you don't charge you should be ok with copyright under educational usage.