July 22, 2022
Each week, Arts Orange County and Voice of OC are excited to deliver to you this look at the stories and events happening in our arts and cultural community.
Wednesday afternoons offer a unique opportunity to experience the arts and crafts of the Sawdust Art Festival with docent-led tours that include free wine tastings MORE
♦ Theater ♦
For most, the term “theater” connotes full productions of either full-length (two or three acts) or short (one-act) plays, whether they be dramas, comedies and musicals. Actors memorize their roles and disappear into their characters, and even the most rudimentary productions are enhanced with scenic design work, costumes and props, as well as technical support (lighting, sound, projections or visual effects).

So what about whittling a script down to its essence, with actors appearing on stage with scripts in hand?

It’s called “readers theater,” and the concept and style aren’t new.

Readers theater involves performers using only vocal expression to communicate the script’s story and characters. Physical movement and interaction between actors are fairly limited if non-existent, unless the director deems them appropriate for or essential to getting the point across.

This mode of theater has been known down through the years by various names: “theater of the mind,” “interpreter’s theater” and “story theater,” and performances are referred to as “staged readings” or “play readings.”

Nearly every theater company in Orange County (and many more in greater Southern California) has devoted time and space to staged readings, either generating programs of its own or hosting troupes dedicated to readers theater.
♦ In Case You Missed It ♦
The OC Fair is open, offering rides, fair food, exhibits and entertainment on Wednesdays through Sundays until August 14.
Each week, we recommend a variety of events and experiences from the listings at SparkOC.com, our free website for Orange County's arts and cultural community. We always suggest you be mindful of the most recent health and safety guidelines in California, Orange County, and the venue for the listing.
♦ Local Spotlight ♦
Westminster's Rose Center Theater presents the classic musical about musicals, showing the splendor of Broadway through the eyes of an aspiring singer and dancer MORE
♦ Wallet Friendly ♦
A free festival in Santa Ana from Gente Night Market honoring the legacy of the iconic artist Frida Kahlo features art lessons, live music, and even a Frida look-a-like contest MORE
♦ For the Family ♦
In the latest edition of Laguna Art Museum's series of interactive events bringing children's literature to life, kids will be invited to learn and participate in the storytelling based on Ged Adamson's beloved book MORE
♦ Wildcard ♦
An art movement using nonsense to make sense of chaotic times feels uncannily current in this new exhibit from the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (OCCCA) MORE
"ArtsOC is a unique and vital resource for our community—every county should have such an organization to advocate for the arts which enhance our daily lives."
- Craig Wells,
President, Board of Trustees
Orange County Museum of Art
Voice of OC is Orange County's nonprofit newsroom with a mission to consistently deliver fair, focused and thorough journalism on critical quality of life and local issues for Orange County communities.
Arts Orange County builds appreciation of, participation in and support for the arts and arts education throughout Orange County. Event information provided by SparkOC, an Arts OC program.