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ERIC Number: ED084612
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 14
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Audience-Role Considerations in Writing for Readers Theatre.
Beasley, Mary Fowler
The author states that little research has been done to date in the area of audience reaction to Readers Theater stimuli, but some guidelines can be cited for directors and authors in their efforts to involve audiences in Readers Theater productions. Authors of Readers Theater materials are advised to use aesthetic factors inherent in the literature itself, supplemented by presentational rather than representational production factors, to guide audiences into their role as mental participants in the stage events. Further, technical effects should be limited to those possible in small conventional theaters such as are in most communities. Directors of Readers Theater productions should be aware that a presentation time of one hour or less seems most effective and that the more theatrical effects of sound and dramatic lighting, movement, and dress can be used to enhance audience appeal. The focus of presentations should always be toward the audience and to its horizontal center. Research into increasing the audience appeal of Readers Theater should be carried beyond present levels. (CH)
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Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the Southern Speech Communication Assn. (Lexington, Ky., 1973)