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72 Consider Staged Readings in Community Theatre

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Staged readings: a great way to introduce your audiences to new genres

Charles Canada, Eva Abrams, & Felicia Curry

Charles Canada, Eva Abrams, & Felicia Curry in a staged reading. Photo by Joe Mabel

Most community theatres do fully staged versions of their shows each season, but many troupes also bring staged readings to their audiences.  Should your theatre consider doing so? There are many advantages, especially if your market makes it hard to sell more unusual works.  A staged reading is less risky financially, and your actors will love exploring out-of-the-ordinary works.

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Photo credit: Joe Mabel [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons