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Reader’s Theater on Zoom


I’m used to getting requests for permission to share performances of my reader’s theater scripts online (though that is actually allowed without special permission). But with the coming of the coronavirus pandemic and its associated lockdowns, I started getting requests that struck me as decidedly odd: Groups wanted to perform the scripts online and remotely, with the actors logging in from separate locations!

The key to this, of course, was Zoom, an app I’d heard about but not yet tried. I knew it was being used for performances by individuals, but by scattered groups? Was that possible?

It turns out it is. I have seen only one finished product so far, and there are certainly some rough edges, but it’s thoroughly enjoyable—and it also looks like it was great fun to put together! The performers in the video below are the Micro Theatre at the Broadway Tavern, and the script is “The Adventures of Mouse Deer.”



As I become aware of more examples, I hope to post a few more of them here. To me, this is an exciting and fascinating branching in the evolution of reader’s theater!


Aug. 8, 2020

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