GOOD NEWS! Mr Jon Baughan, one of our Circ Staff folks, will be the new mentor for both Reader’s Theatre Groups for the time being. We do, unfortunately, need to change the day & times a bit in order for that to work. Details are below.
The Library offers a Young Adult Reader’s Theatre (YART) Group for those in grades 9 (or, ages 13) and up!
YART for grades 9-12 for the rest of the school year will meet from 6-6:50 p.m. on Wednesdays, beginning on Wednesday, February 11, in the Program Room. It’s best if you attend them all but it isn’t necessary and you may start attending at any time.
There may be periodic performances, but your participation in these is optional.
Reader’s theater 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 (and it’s fun), helps readers learn to read with expression (plus, it’s fun) and it promotes reading fluency (besides, 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?).
Some YART photos: