Senior Readers Theatre Made Easy


With this concise guide, chock-full of simple techniques and practical advice, you’re well on your way to bring this awarding and dynamic form of theatre to older actors.

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  • by Bonnie L. Vorenberg

    If you are looking for a way to bring the experience of theatre to a broader group of actors, Readers Theatre is a marvelous option. Without the need to memorize, theatrical expression becomes accessible to busy professionals, children, and older adults. Also, many forms of Readers Theatre require little to no movement, opening the stage to actors who have limited mobility. For these reasons, it’s no surprise that Readers Theatre is one of the most popular choice for Senior Theatre performances. This TipShee is a concise guide to everything you need to know for starting a Readers Theatre program. Inside, you’ll find information on:

    • How to begin a Readers Theatre program
    • The different forms of Readers Theatre
    • How to structure classes for Readers Theatre
    • How to select materials that work well
    • How to direct a Readers Theatre performance
    • The legal aspects of using creative materials and leading a group of actors
    • Resources to add to your knowledge
    • And much more!

    The best part of this TipSheet are the nuggets of practical advice that Bonnie shares from her many years of teaching and directing a Senior Theatre company. After following her guidance, you’ll find that actors of all ages will have such a wonderful time being on stage!

    This was so helpful. My seniors love doing Readers Theatre and the program is really taking off. Thanks!
    Kathy S., Retirement Community Enrichment Director

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    If you want to read the complete script, order a hard copy or e-script for perusal.

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     We appreciate your order. Thanks for helping older performers fulfill their theatrical dreams!

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    Bonnie L. Vorenberg

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