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Reader’s Theater

Reader’s Theater is a club where students get together on a weekly basis to read and perform a play, short story, or poem. It is great for those who enjoy acting, reading, writing, and the art of performing.
By Aimee Bobruk - Club Leader

 

Club Experience

Reader’s Theater is a club where students get together on a weekly basis to read and perform a play, short story, or poem. It is great for those who enjoy acting, reading, writing, and the art of performing. The script is read aloud, therefore students are not required to memorize their parts. The idea is to try and make the written word come to life with voices, facial expressions and body movements. Think of it as a virtual theater. Costumes and scenery will be encouraged, yet optional. The completed reading with original sound effects created by students will be recorded. The goal will be to create a collection of video recordings as well as audio podcast stories to be shared with the Galileo community, friends and family.

Students of all ages who feel comfortable reading aloud are invited; no previous experience is required. Students are also encouraged to participate as listening audience members, should they not want to read.

Schedule

* Europe / Asia Meetup: Thursdays at 12 pm GMT  
* America Meetup: Thursdays at 12 pm PST

Learning Goals

* Develop a love for reading and analyzing written art forms
* The confidence to read aloud in front of peers
* Demonstrate  theater etiquette
* Encourage and support Galileo students interested in theater and acting
* Learn and practice basic speech and presentation skills 

About the Club Teacher

Aimee Bobruk, is an independent songwriter and filmmaker currently based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her original music straddles the genres of American folk and ambient folk pop. Most notably, her self-titled record, /ba.’brook/, was selected by Texas Music magazine as one of the top six indie albums released in the state in 2013. Performing Songwriter called the album “nothing short of a work of art.” In addition to performing her own songs and touring across Texas and the southern states, Bobruk collaborates with songwriters and producers worldwide in the music publishing industry. To date, her co-writes have earned her seven European title tracks, two of which were nominated for Grammy Awards in Germany and Norway. In 2015, her pop co-write “Black Swan,” competed in Melodifestivalen to represent Sweden at the International Eurovision Song Contest. In 2018, Bobruk shifted gears and rode a motorcycle along the Texas/Mexico border to make her first documentary film, Borderlanders. More recently, Bobruk received the Marguerite and Lamar Smith Writing Fellowship, where she served a three-month residence at Columbus State University (Georgia, USA) In 2019 Aimee was selected as the BMI Woody Guthrie Fellow to create a short animated film inspired by Guthrie’s writings and drawings.

Other Resources

Materials Needed:

* Video and audio recording permission form signed prior to participation. 
As this club’s final performance will be recorded, all participants will need 
to sign a permission form to appear in the recording.
* Access to weekly script (available to download and print from link provided by facilitator)
* A quiet space to read aloud free of distraction.
* Imagination for costumes, props, sounds.

Time Required

Minimal time outside of the club to read through the script and brainstorm about the character should be allotted (about 15 min).

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