The Room 15 Players are proud to present the following Reader’s Theater performances (podcasts atop and video at the bottom of page):
Rikki Tikki Tavi, Rudyard Kipling’s classic short story from The Jungle Books. The adaption comes from Read Aloud Plays: Classic Short Stories. It stars Jordan C. as Rikki, Zach P. as Nag, TaylorRose T. as Nagaina. Emily H. and Enrique C. serve as Snake Charmers (narrators), Katie O. and Layne C. as Deezar and Darzee (the birds), Kolton R. as Teddy, Dakota C. as “Big Man” (Teddy’s father), and Dyani Z. as Alice (his mother). Amber N. plays Chuchundra the muskrat.
Worked to the Bone: Lewis Hine’s Crusade to End Child Labor. This is both a play and a photo montage of Hine’s work. It pops up as a YouTube video. It stars Llobani D. as Lewis Hine, Paige B. and Itzel F. as historians, and Jonah S. and Grace M. as narrators, The story follows the plight of three child laborers. They’re played by Dakota M. (Leo), Sergio M. (Floyd), and Shelby S. (Martha). Jon M., Kevin A., Daisy B., Bryant B., and Chloe S. round out the cast.
.Argument at Mount Rushmore, from Read-Aloud Plays: Classic Short Stories. It stars Dylan K. as Abe Lincoln, Lance M. as Teddy Roosevelt, Kurtis G. as Thomas Jefferson, and Caleb R. as George Washington. Other cast members include Sebastian R. (Kevin), Beca L. (Ranger), Emily M. (Mom), Ana H. (Jenna), Alex R. (Ranger), and Lexi B. (Amber).
Nikolai Gogol’s classic short story, The Nose, starring Dylan K. as Major Kovolyov, Payton T. as Ivan the Barber, and Emily M. as Madame Nevsky. Additional cast include Luis D., Ana H., Chase P., Beca L., Julia Z., Tyler N., Leo A., and Samantha T.
How Jackie Robinson Saved the World starring Caleb R. as Jackie, Chase P. as the Hot Dog Man, and Samantha T. as the Peanut Vendor. Additional cast members include Kurtis G. (Fan, Spectator, and Dodger), Dylan K. (Fan, Spectator, and Dodger), Ethan S. (Fan, Sports Announcer), Luis D. (Branch Rickey, Sound Effects), and Tyler N. (Pee Wee Reese and Titles).
The Girl Who Got Arrested starring Ana H. as Claudette Colvin. Additional cast members include Nathan J. (Narrator), Rayna R. (Narrator), Jantz T (Historian, Police Officer), Megan W. (Historian), Destiny H. (Student, Neighbor), Courtney (Student, Neighbor), Andy C. (Attny Knabe, Student, Neighbor), Carson H. (Attny Gray, Police Officer), Nick C. (Bus driver, Titles), Layla C. (Mrs. Nesbitt). This play will be posted soon!
Freedom for the First Time starring Kaylee K. as Tyree Giselle B. as Tyree as an adult. Additional cast members include JoJo M. (Mama), Lexi B. (Little Sarah, Aunt Gert), Cole R. (Sweet Walter), Lance M. (Uncle Whit, Gen. Sherman), Ales R. (Marse 1), Leo A. (Marse 2), and Beca L. (Ole Missus).
Richard Wright and the Library Card starring Sebastian Vaughn as Richard. Additional cast members include Julia Z. (Narrator), Linzie M. (Narrator), Cody F. (Mr. Falk), Starr L. (Roxie), Sonja M. (Maggie), Jacob S. (Grandpa, Mr. Greenwood), Emily M. (Woman, Librarian), and Aaron C. (Mr. Jackson, Titles).
And here’s a podcasted interview with Mr. Lewis on the International Society for Technology in Education’s blog, Literacy Special Interest. The interview covers some of the brain research behind reader’s theater and other topics. Mr. Lewis was selected for the interview based on his work as both a practicing teacher and the author of dozens of plays for Scholastic.
Odysseus vs Cyclops, starring Bryant B. as Odysseus, Dakota C. as The Cyclops, and Paige B., Celina R., and Shelby S. as the Greek Chorus. Other performers include Tre F., Grace M., Llobani D., Kevin A., Kane I., Kolton R., and Daisy B. as Greeks, Crewman, and/or Sheep, and Enrique C., Dakoda M., and Chloe S. as Neighboring Cyclops.
The Monkey’s Paw, starring Jonah S. and Katie O. as Mr. & Mrs. White, Jordan C. as their son, Herbert, Jon M. as Sergeant-Major Morris, and Dyani Z., TaylorRose T., Kaycee M., and Amber N. as the narrators.
The Birth-mark, starring Zach P. as Prof. Aylmer, Emily H. as Georgianna, Samuel J. as Aminidab (and also party guest), Layne C. as James, and Itzel F. and Triana A. as party guests.
This 16-minute version of A Christmas Carol was shot as a movie using a Flip camera and simple Movie Maker software. It stars Paige B. as Eleanora Scrooge, Sergio M. as Cratchit, Grace M. as Marley, Itzel F. as the Ghost of Christmas Past, Kevin A. as the Ghost of Christmas Present, Daisy B. as Scrooge’s niece, and the rest of the 2012 Room 15 kids in a wide-variety of roles. The play script comes from Read Aloud Plays: Classic Short Stories.