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Reader's Theater: How to Win an Oscar
in Six Simple Steps
by Barbara Waugh,
with Sharon Cooper, Erin Nishimura, Susan Seaburg, and Liz Yager
- Go through your script and highlight your sections. Do not highlight stage instructions.
(Example: Notes to "interrupt" or "voice-under".) Why? Because you'll
read them. Trust me. I've done it!
- Exaggerate your normal speech style.
Normally we talk like this:
For the presentation, talk like this:
Go through your sections, and line by line, underline the word you plan to
emphasize. It really needs to be your emphasis.
- Accelerate the pace of normal talking. Give this thing energy. If it's slowing down,
pick it up and help us all.
- Stand close together. It will help with the jitters, with timing, and with passing
unconscious information back and forth. You will probably be terrified. It's normal and
- Practice at home. Change anything you trip over. Substitute words, and break up long
sentences and phrases into smaller ones. If you change the last line of a section, make
sure the next speaker knows the new cue.
- Smile. Because you're loving this. And make eye contact with individuals in the audience
as often as you can, because you believe in what you're doing.