Blogger Susan Baier

No Worms Were Harmed in the Writing of this Blog

I love how readers’ theater lets an audience experience a story in an entirely new, participatory way. Thomas Rockwell’s 1973 novel How to Eat Fried Worms is truly timeless, and was the inspiration behind two successful readers’ theater programs for elementary school children I’ve hosted for libraries. Readers’ theater can be as involved and “rehearsed” as you want to make it, but I typically approach it very casually. The kids get their scripts when they arrive for the program, and we keep props and costumes extremely minimal. If it’s a small group, we run through the scenes multiple times until everyone gets a turn on stage. For bigger groups, I make sure to add more participatory elements so even the audience feels like they are part of the show. (Think Rocky Horror Picture Show type of audience interaction, except G rated!) Here’s a rundown of my How to Eat Fried…