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Reader’s Theater

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April 23, 2012
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm


Petoskey District Library
500 E. Mitchell St
Petoskey, MI United States


Julianne Michaels

The group is designed for grades 3-8. Reader’s theatre is a legitimate form of drama with actors using their voices and upper bodies to convey various roles in a script through reading to an audience. It differs from a play in that parts or roles are read rather than memorized. Actors usually stand behind lecterns or music stands and use techniques such as vocal and facial expressions as well as hand and arm movements. Small hand props may be used as well. Reader’s Theater builds reading confidence, helps readers learn to read with expression, promotes reading fluency, and, it’s fun! While telling a familiar story in a
creative way, participation in a Reader’s Theater group improves a child’s reading skill and comprehension, and develops vocal and facial expression in order to effectively convey thoughts and emotions (did we mention that it is fun?).