WHAT IS READERS’ THEATRE?
Bas Bleu Readers’ Theatre is a powerful and imaginative way to experience theatre. Instead of the usual sets and costumes you see in a play or musical, Readers’ Theatre actors read aloud a script or literature adaptation using voice, facial expressions and gestures. The audiences then bring the piece alive in their own imaginations. As with reading a book, they experience the story in their mind’s eye in their own unique way.
Readers’ Theatre Background
Bas Bleu Readers’ Theatre, under co-directors Jonathan and Deb Farwell, has earned enthusiastic response from a loyal audience since Jonathan started it in 2006. It presents five plays per season for three performances only, doubling the total number of plays available to our audience, and incorporating a range of plays which might be risky for full production, including new works by national playwrights, often with an emphasis on dark comedy and current issues.
Readers’ Theatre also provides a forum for actors and directors who may not have time to commit to long rehearsals and performance runs, since the time commitment for participants is relatively small. The play is READ to the audience by actors with scripts in hand, with relatively little stage movement or production values, but with enough rehearsals (usually about five) to arrive at good performance levels in their reading. Often, a narrator is used to provide information the audience needs to follow the action.
Auditions for each production are held by the individual director, and once the cast is selected, rehearsals are scheduled to suit the availability of the cast. Actors of all levels of experience are encouraged to audition, and our casts – and directors – seem to love the creativity of the experience. Jonathan likes to call the performances “radio drama with close-ups.” Audiences often tell us they love “seeing the whole play” in their imaginations