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Chamber Theatre

Nature of this strategy Chamber theatre is a method of adapting literary works to the stage using a maximal amount of the works original text and often minimal and suggestive settings. In Chamber Theater, narration is included in the performed text and the narrator might be played by multiple actors Chamber Theatre has more realistic costuming and actual movement around the stage. Readers parts are typically memorized. Still is not fullfledged stage acting and typically has pantomimed props rather than real ones. Proponent/s Professor Robert S. Breen (1909-1991) introduced Chamber Theater to his Oral Interpretation Classes at Northwestern University in 1947. Northwesterns Professor of Performance Studies Frank Galati, who studied Chamber Theater with Dr. Breen, has directed highly acclaimed Chamber Theater Productions for the Goodman Theater and Steppenwolf Theater Companies in Chicago. The skills it develops

Creativity Variety Creation of mood Vocal interpretation Use of sense memory Use of movement, gesture, posture, and facial expression Overall clarity and entertainment value of performance

Advantages and disadvantages


Besides being used as a valuable teaching tool, it provides students with an experience that is both educational and entertaining. Provides a springboard for students to compare and contrast important literary and dramatic elements, while also encouraging active listening and effective viewing skills. Post-performance activities bring the experience back to the classroom to help solidify the learning process.

Text type to use Literary - Narrative text

Procedure in applying this strategy

1. Work with the entire group. 2. Choose an epic mode prose (short story or novel) selection that can be effectively staged. Cut the story for time, making sure the script has a clear beginning, middle, and end as well as a definite climatic point. 3. Be sure your script has both telling and showing. 4. Endeavor to give each group member comparable performance time. 5. Program time is 8-15 minutes. Overtime or under time violation -10 points. 6. The script will be staged with the blocking written in the script using standard stage directions. 7. Turn in a full page typed script with staging directions included. 8. Each group will have a recording secretary who will submit a rehearsal time sheet indicating members present and work accomplished. Credit each member with contributions , i.e., directing, script writing, analysis, securing props, etc.

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