Reader's Theatre

Reader’s Theater Scripts

Discover Reader’s Theater scripts for community, classrooms, senior theater groups, church, worship groups. Find easy funny readers theater scripts.  Find plays with short scenes and dialogue speeches that build acting confidence and oral reading skills. Also work well for community groups or seniors reader’s theater.

 

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  • Alice Through the Looking Glass

    by Robyn Hilt
    • 50 - 60 minutes
    • 4M. 6F. 11 M or F; Variable cast from 12 to 31

    Children's Theatre, Colleges, Comedy, Community, Doubling Possible, Fantasy, Flexible Casting, Theatrical Staging Possible

    Alice takes the plunge yet again in this madcap one-act comedy. A glorious romp for the stage,  the world behind the mirror leads her to a realm where everything is backward. Sense is nonsense. Backwards is forwards. The faster you run, the further behind you get.

    Easily performed either in the classroom or on stage. A delight for school drama groups with diverse casting challenges. Downloadable PDF’s for purchase available.

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    $9.95$125.00
  • Short Plays for Long Lives

    by Ed Friedman
    • 10 - 60 minutes

    Collection, Doubling Possible, Flexible Casting

    A collection of six 10-minute plays for seniors and senior theater groups. With mostly senior cast members, these short comedies plays about old people play well for senior groups and senior actors.  They may be produced as Readers Theater, or on stage individually or as a group.  These are good plays for amdram groups and community theater.

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    $7.95$40.00
  • A Touch of Frost

    by Jan Quackenbush
    • 20 - 60 minutes
    • 2 Males, 1 Female Max/Min 3

    School Touring, Simple Set, Touring

    Three 20-minute comedies in one act.  Wilford, from New York, has just bought and moved to a new homestead in Vermont, but he realizes that his new neighbors may not be from this planet! Mila, her son Klig, and husband Kulerie Klee, live on a farm next to Wilford’s and their adjoining farms are separated only by a stone wall which is beginning to fall apart. What to do? Knock it down? Build it back? – and what are they walling in and walling out? Can be performed by high school, college, university students or groups.

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    $9.95$50.00
  • Going to the Dogs

    by Pamela Munson Steadman
    • 10 minutes
    • 1 Male, 2 Females, Max/Min cast 3

    Simple Set

    In this 10-Minute original farce, a free-thinking retired woman, Sylvia, discovers that her deceased husband has been reincarnated as her dog. A surreal and hilarious Fantasy/Comedy by Pamela Steadman. Acting script.

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    $5.00$14.99
  • Plays, Poems and Pratfalls: Will Shakespeare, An Introduction

    by Evan Guilford-Blake
    • 45 Minutes
    • 1 or 2 Males, 1 or 2 Females

    Comedy, Drama, High School, Middle School

    A 45-minute introduction to various works of The Bard. Written to be performed by 2 or 4 actors within a single class period. ideal for ages 8 – 12. Includes excerpts from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, As You Like It, and one of the sonnets: number 18. Printable PDF available

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    $7.95$40.00
  • Shakespeare-On-The-Go: 4 Touring Plays For Young Audiences

    by Gillette Elvgren

    Collection, Touring

    4 skilfully adapted plays for young audiences: Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, A Midnight Summer’s Dream, and Macbeth. Plays are each around 45 to 50 minutes, are fast-paced, engaging, and make the language more accessible to young audiences, while including both Shakespeare’s original language and theatrical devices. As exciting participatory theater they appeal to elementary school students. With the participatory elements removed, each play’s frame story is producible as a play for teens or for teen drama groups to perform for a younger audience.

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    $13.95$60.00
  • A Mirror in Time

    by Doris Gwaltney
    • 10 - 60 minutes
    • 2-6 M. 2-6 F, Max 12, Min 2

    Collection, Simple Props, Simple Set

    The monologues in A Mirror in Time: History in First Person–Reflections on Love, Relationships & Marriage by Doris Gwaltney focus on how love and marriage may have changed the course of history.

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    $11.95$75.00
  • Frankenstein… or The Modern Prometheus

    by Kathleen Lockwood Mcblair
    • 120 Minutes
    • 7 Males 3 Females Max 13 Min 10 (Doubling Possible)

    Drama, Simple Props, Simple Set

    A full-length adaptation of Frankenstein. True to the Mary Shelley original, except for a comic servant role, the play depicts the monster Creature with as much horror and sympathy as the original. Excellent for Halloween! Earlier versions of this play by Kathleen McBlair have been performed in school and community theaters since 1980. Audiences love it and scream heartily every time the Creature arrives in the window.

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    $11.00$95.00
  • The Chimes

    by Jean H. Klein
    • 90 Minutes
    • 8 Male, 3 Female, 11 Min, 19 Max

    Comedy, Simple Set

    Give Scrooge a break for the winter holiday production! THE CHIMES is a full-length comedy and large-cast adaptation of another Dickens’ classic Christmas/New Years tale. Toby Veck, an impoverished London porter wants to bless his daughter’s marriage by New Year’s Day. Alas, he doesn’t have even a shilling in his pocket. Surely, the wealthy families he carries packages for will find enough work for him to do before the New Year comes and he must break a promise made on his late wife’s deathbed.

    This Dickens’ comedy is a great Christmas change-of-pace for schools, communities, and regional theaters.

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    $7.97$95.00
  • The Tempest for Youth

    by Gillette Elvgren
    • 45 Minutes
    • 4 Male, 2 Female, 6 Min, 12 Max

    Colleges, Comedy, High School, Middle School

    A 45-minute appealing comedy adaptation of The Tempest to be relished. It has all the exciting elements: of the original play: shipwrecks, a love story, an evil plot, and the fun exploits of the spirits Ariel and her adversary, the rebellious fish-man, Caliban.   The flexible cast roles ensures a part for everyone. A must-see for young audiences.

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    $7.97$75.00
  • She’ll Find Her Way Home

    by Valetta Anderson
    • 100 minutes
    • 2 Males, 3 Females, Min/Max 5

    Community, High School, Reader's Theater

    A full-length, African-American, post-Civil War drama by Valetta Anderson. The only child of a deceased well-heeled Mississippi slaveholder. Martha Robb views her coming of age full of the adolescent longings and unending horizons promised by the victorious Union Army. and her quadroon complexion. She and her companion, Thomas, could forge different lives, lives absent of the old barriers … if they could only get past her mother.

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    $11.00$75.00
  • Shakespeare: Playing for Laughs

    by D.D. Delaney
    • 50 Minutes
    • 1 Male, 1 Female, Min/Max 2

    Featuring scenes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Winter’s Tale, The Taming of the Shrew, and The Merchant of Venice. High school custodians Rudy Mahoney and Flo Berry find themselves catapulted into new careers as a touring duo, their passion for Shakespeare now extended to the art of comedy as they go on the road. An interactive comedy perfect as an introduction to Shakespeare’s works.

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    $8.00$75.00
  • Shakespeare After School

    by D.D. Delaney
    • 50 Minutes
    • 1 Male, 1 Female, Min/Max 2

    An Hilarious One Act for Two Characters by D. D. Delaney

    Features scenes from Macbeth, Julius Caesar, and Romeo and Juliet in an unusual format — as ornaments brightening the lives of two high school custodians. A play within a play, offering a peek into the secret life of stage-struck custodians Rudy Mahoney and Flo Berry, who after school, pretend they are Shakespearean actors, passionately playing their scenes as they imagine real actors would do.

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    $8.00$75.00
  • Romeo and Juliet in Fewer Words, Words, Words

    by Robyn Hilt
    • 50 Minutes
    • 5+ Females 5+ Males Minimum 10 Maximum 20+

    Classroom Use

    This adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet” by Robyn Hilt reduces the original but retains the major plot points and beauty of the poetry. A great choice for classroom presentation. All of the major scenes and plot points are intact, as well as the humor of the Nurse and Mercutio. Students take one role and develop that character through analyzing motives and decisions.

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    $11.00$75.00
  • Behind Closed Doors

    by Doris Gwaltney
    • 15 - 90 Minutes
    • 1+ Male 1+ Female Max 16 Min 2

    Collection, Simple Props, Simple Set

    These historical monologues and dialogues are gripping fictional insights into the psyches of historical married couples. Sir Walter Ralegh and Bess ThrockmortonMarie Antoinette and Louis XviWilliam And Catherine BlakeTheodore and Alice RooseveltSigmund and Martha FreudVirginia and Leonard WoolfAdolf Hitler and Eva Braun. Performance fees for individual monologues are available.

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    $9.95$75.00
  • Oregon Fever

    by David Rush
    • 30 minutes
    • 3 Males, 3 Females, Min/Max 6

    In this one-act period drama Joshua Blanchard is preparing to leave Kansas to head west on the Oregon Trail in l835. On this climactic day, his youngest son dies, his daughter decides to marry and stay at home, and he has an important confrontation with his wife.

    Performs well for middle school, high school, community theater. Great for Reader’s Theater, American history or social studies class.

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    $7.00$75.00

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