readers' theater - Wizard of OZ

Dorthy, Scarecrow, Tinman & Lion

For some time I've been wanting to provide people with an opportunity to 'act' without having to work at it. So I have taken a play—the Wizard of Oz—and reassigned the lines so that all the characters have the same number of words. Then I wrote up scripts for each character, and I invite members of the audience to choose a part they'd like to do, give them a script & tell them to "give it their best shot," to read the part with as much zest as possible.

the soldier with the green whiskers led them through the streets

And they do! Believe me, they do! It's amazing how 'zesty' normal people become when you give them a play script and ask them to read it aloud!

I've done this show a number of times now, and we've all had a very good time. The play lasts about 45 minutes. I also have audience members perform scenes from 'Alice in Wonderland,' 'Casey at the Bat' and Abbott & Costello's 'Who's on First?'

The whole evening runs about 75 minutes, and is a joy from beginning to end. Please call me at 415.233.2987 or email if you you'd like to talk about doing the show together.