Story Theatre Toolkit

00 - Overview

The overview introduces Story Theatre, and outlines the 13 sections of the toolkit.

01 - Choosing Stories

The first step in dramatizing a story for story theatre is to choose which stories you want to adapt. In order to narrow our choices, we’re going to look at fables, fairy tales, myths from around the world (not just the ones from ancient Greece), picture books and chapter books.

02 - The Adaptation Process

Once you have chosen the story or stories you want to present, there’s a process to follow in order to adapt a story into a script, outlined in this resource.

03 - Narrators

This resource introduces the concept and role of the narrator in Story Theatre, and outlines the different options: omnipotent, character, external/internal narration.

04 - Stories on Stools

This section will assemble the concepts that have been presented so far to build a simple performance on the stage. This style of story theatre is called stories on stools and it is at the same time deceivingly simple and astonishingly creative.

05 - Dialogue Strategies

There are a number of different ways to present dialogue – from simple to complex – and combine those dialogue forms with a variety of staging styles. These different pairings will give you an assortment of options to use when you’re deciding how you want to stage your stories.

06 - People as Props

How would you like to bring every aspect of your story to life using just your actors? This is one of the most complex forms of story theatre, but it’s also one of the most exciting. Once you understand the concept of people as props, you will understand how it is possible to stage any story, no matter how complicated, in a creative, dynamic, living way.

07 - Imaginative Props

If you want to incorporate props into your story theatre performance, consider using them in an atypical, not necessarily realistic manner. Props can engage the audience’s imagination and allow us to build scenes, sets, and entire worlds out of objects we have readily at our disposal. When you combine imagination and props, amazing things happen.

08 - Adapting to Different Performing Spaces

This section will provide some tips for adapting your performance for the different spaces you may encounter. This information will help you avoid potential pitfalls that could derail your production.

09 - Story Theatre in the Classroom

Story theatre incorporates all components of theatre into a compact form, including research and adaptation, acting and performance, interpretation and design, and directing.

10 - Story Theatre and Community Outreach

Once you have perfected the process of story theatre, it’s time to think beyond the walls of your classroom. What community performance opportunities exist in your area?

11 - Sample Fables for Adaptation

There are four Aesop’s Fables in this section. How would you adapt them for story theatre?

12 - Story Theatre Fable Examples

The scripts in this section are sample adaptations of the fables in the previous section. How do these scripts compare to your adaptations?

13 - Story Theatre Scripts

These story theatre scripts are ready for performance. Each story includes at least one narrator, and each one can be adapted further to meet your needs.
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