Readers Theatre Performances

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Readers Theatre
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There are four different types of performances. They are readers theatre, chamber theatre, ethnography, and personal narrative. Each of these possess assets that are interesting to me. Readers theatre is a style of theatre where actors do or do not memorize their lines. The actors use vocal demonstration to tell the story rather than props or sets. It is also known as interpretative theatre because the performer interprets the story in his or her own way and so does the audience. Chamber theatre is similar to readers theatre in that both of them use minimal amounts of props and sets. Instead chamber theatre use the work’s original text and the performer again interprets the work the way that he or she best sees it. Ethnography is a form of performance that conducts research. The performer transform the stage from a place of performance to a place of participatory action. It uses the stage as place for inquiry about one’s own values and views. Personal Narrative is when the the performer uses a personal essay to tell a story. This way the performer knows the story well and can tell it in an interesting and entertaining manner. Although these forms of performance are all interesting and fun, I would prefer to perform a personal narrative. I prefer personal narrative because I would be familiar with the story and could portray it in the best way possible to the audience so they can get the most out of watching my performance. Also, by doing a personal narrative it would be easier for me to tell the story and take away some of my nervousness as I tend to be nervous when performing in front of a crowd. On the other hand, when I am watching a performance I would prefer to watch one in the readers theatre form. I prefer readers theatre because the storyteller gets animated and often times uses different…...

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