Creating a Story Performance Program
There may be times when you want to string together the performance of several stories in a sequence. Whether the stories are read aloud, told, or a combination of the two performance modes, careful thought must be given to the development of the program beyond the basic concerns discussed in previous chapters.
Whether the program is to be performed in an environment with which you are very familiar or one that you don't know well, your programmatic decision making (particularly the selection of the stories to be performed) will be easier if you gather preliminary information about the setting in which you will be performing. What will be the size of the audience? Who will be the members of the audience (consider age, gender, special needs)? If children, what are their names and are there any names with unique pronunciations? What will be the seating arrangement? Is the setting unique in any way? (Will the performance be outdoors, in an auditorium or small room? Is the setting in a high-traffic area or next to open windows close by a playground where distractions are likely? Is the backdrop for the performer likely to be distracting?) Will you need special equipment or arrangements (e.g., microphone, overhead projector, clock that you can easily see, table, chair, or stool)? What is the purpose of the program? (Is there an identifiable theme for the program?) Knowing the answers to these questions will enable you to make story selection and other decisions before-