Here’s the idea: your team, instead of acting out the script, will gather in front of mics and read the scripts, doing vocal performances with the supplied sound effects and music, creating a “live radio broadcast” effect as they create audio skits in front of a live audience! No need for line memorization, props, stages, etc. The audience gets to see them vocally perform the script, and hear it, much as the TV productions where a studio audience sees a group of actors doing a radio dramatization of a script. They enjoy the audio drama aspect, and getting to see the team do it also. This type of presentation is also known as “reader’s theatre” in some circles.
Almost like seeing a singing group perform a song, they get to see a group perform an audio skit! Especially effective with our unique “skit/songs,” this is an ideal way to present them.
Although the actors do not need to memorize their lines, rehearsal is mandatory, for getting the lines to be smooth, the effects integrated correctly, and the overall effect professional and enjoyable. The more rehearsals, the better it will be, as each actor become more familiar and comfortable with their character’s lines, and interacting with each other. The person supplying and playing the sound effects may also a a part of the stage crew, and triggers the effects from a sound source (such as a laptop) while following the script. The actors can concentrate on their vocal delivery and not stage performance. The audience will enjoy it!
Here’s how doing a script like “Attack of the Monster Tongue” in “Live Radio Style” would work…
The actors gather around the various microphones. Their lines in the script are highlighted. The soundtrack is begun, with each actor delivering their lines from the script, whether it is dialog or singing. The presentation is enjoyed as an audio performance, not a stage performance. The audience enjoyment is the same, but the pressure to memorise and act out the script are off of the vocal actors. The action comes across and is understood because the scripts were specifically written for radio and CD! Your actors are doing them the way they were written, for the ear and the imagination.
“The Great Church Robbery” works especially well done in “Live Radio Style,” with a narrator reading all of the narration lines, another actor performing the DeWitt lines, and a female actor doing the lines of the little girl. When done with the music and effects from the soundtrack CD, it is powerfully dramatic and effective!
To discover and explore all the scripts that would work using this method (and many of them would), use the “Live Radio Style” or “Reader’s Theater” tag in the drop-down “Categories” menu on the left side of the page (or near the bottom if you are using a smartphone.) Here is a direct link for scripts using that tag: Click here!