Readers Theatre is a popular format for many Senior Theatre companies. It’s easy, requires no memorization, and allows for a shorter rehearsal period. Theatrically speaking, actors develop and portray characterization, emotion, conflict, and everything that’s needed to create a moving performance. There are several ways of doing Readers Theatre so it can be adapted to the unique abilities of your cast.
You’ll find that our shows work well as Readers Theatre because they don’t depend on scenery, action, or movement to be successful.
Here are a few books and TipSheets specifically on the topic:
Learn more about Readers Theatre
Teaching Senior Theatre Classes
Based on the author’s many years of teaching older actors, this document will help you organize, plan, market, and teach Senior Theatre classes with plenty of Readers Theatre.
Senior Readers Theatre Made Easy
Filled with practical advice, learn tips and techniques and how to adapt Readers Theatre to older performers. Readers say, “This TipSheet was very useful!”
Introduction to Readers Theatre
This complete guide makes Readers Theatre come alive! Learn how to use it in class or on stage with poetry, stories, and plays with simple theatrical staging.
Readers Theatre Karaoke®
The script is on a DVD which uses a standard home DVD player and TV. Just insert the disc and the text of the script appears on a TV screen. Your actors can watch the screen and read along. Background music and sound effects are on the disc and timed to the script so they come in right on cue as the actors deliver their lines. The result is a total theatrical experience. An e-script is also included. Works great both in the classroom and in performance.
Love Conquers The Wild West
In the 1870’s, as Daisy Fontaine’s wedding approaches, she gets news that her brother has lost his wife to the fever. Features the good guys and bad guys that make melodrama fun!
Roxie McCoy…Private Eye
Roxie McCoy is a street-smart, no-nonsense private eye. In this comic sketch, Roxie comes to the aid of an English Baroness with a secret
Play Collections for Readers Theatre
Age on Stage ®: Comedies for Readers Theatre, Volume I
Best Seller! This collection of ten 10-minute comedies is a laugh fest all the way. Sparked with funny characters and humorous situations, lively dialogue, and just the right touch of charming goofiness.
Age on Stage ®: Comedies for Readers Theatre, Volume II
Best Seller! Volume I was so popular that we created this book of an additional ten 10-minute comedies. It’s full of fun for both actors and audiences!
Readers Theatre: Legendary Ladies and their Gents
For ten years, the playwright toured these shows throughout her community. The actors love them, the audiences love them. She combines rich history with solid theatre.
Return Engagement Plays for Seniors: 10 Upbeat Plays for Readers Theatre–Volume 1
This popular anthology includes ten short upbeat plays for Readers Theatre. All have been successfully produced at retirement communities senior centers, and drama groups.
Return Engagement Plays for Seniors: 10 Upbeat Plays for Readers Theatre–Volume 2
Jules returns with Volume II, ten more short, upbeat plays in large print for Readers Theatre. We’re sure your audiences will love these as much as Volume I!
Readers Theatre Anthology
A recognized authority brings you 28 readings from classical & contemporary writers, journalists, and playwrights, all ready for Readers Theatre performance.
Plays for Readers Theatre
An excellent collection of plays specifically adapted for Readers Theatre. They vary in length and our audiences love them.
There’s a lot in the ArtAge Senior Theatre Resource Center, so please contact us for help making selections!