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Last update:
May 3, 2017

Readers’ Theater 2

Our Readers’ Theatre groups are like a great play—you anticipate a great evening attending the show and once you’re there, you don’t want the final curtain to fall!

The first Readers’ Theatre was Act 1 and continues to be hugely successful, but in 2008 it had a waiting list for new members. Aspiring readers Patty Ludke and Kathy Randall thought they might a find a few others to create a second group. At the Membership Coffee in 2008, a dozen others promptly signed up and Readers’ Theatre 2 premiered shortly thereafter.

RT2-2

By the fall of 2010, membership in RT2 had doubled. When nearly everyone showed up for an evening reading of “The Dark at the Top of the Stairs” in July, the group started discussing ways to provide an offshoot that would offer more opportunities for participation but allow us to stay connected with each other. Our solution was RT2-Afternoon, a “third act” for our Readers’ Theatre groups that will share plays (and readers) as needed with RT2-Evening.

Our playlist has included the classics, such as “Lysistrata,” as well as plays that are just plain fun, such as the sorority murder mystery “Nine Girls,” set in the 1940s. We’ve also read, among others, “Our Town,” “A Raisin in the Sun,” “The Little Foxes,” and “Enchanted April.” In November, we explored Colorado history with a lively reading of “Thunder is the Mountain’s Voice,” set in Estes Park. It’s the somewhat fictionalized story of Isabella Bird, an adventurous travel writer in the 1870s, and the rowdy real estate dealings of the times.

RT2

Our last joint meeting of RT2-E and RT2-A in December gave us an opportunity to read “It’s a Wonderful Life” from the original radio script, with sound effects provided by our inventive director Claire Marie Martin. We hope to make that an annual tradition.

 Enjoy seeing the Reader’s Theater 2 Group in action with these fun video links. When prompted for a password, type in “RT2” (use caps).

Kathy as Lord Hague
http://vimeo.com/16646002

Becky as Mountain Jim
http://vimeo.com/16645929

You cur!
http://vimeo.com/16646359

Mareike as Isabella
http://vimeo.com/16646144

Patty & Eleanor
http://vimeo.com/16646203

At each reading of both the RT2-E and RT2-A groups, we take a little time to talk about the play. The director often casts the play in advance and briefly discusses its background. Co-hosts provide a living room and light refreshments. Plays are selected by the group and directors/hostesses volunteer several months in advance; scripts are usually provided for a small annual contribution. No acting experience is necessary!

RT2-E meets on the first or second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m.; in February.
RT2-A meets on the second Sunday of each month at 1:30 p.m.

Please visit the Interest Group page for the current chairperson[s]. Feel free to contact the chair if you’d like more information.