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How to Read a Script Part 1

Updated: May 26, 2020

Reading a script is very different from reading a book or novel.

A script is written with actors and directors in mind. Rather than outright describing what is happening in the story, the playwright puts instructions either in the dialogue or in separate sections called "Stage Directions"

I'll get more into that in greater detail in a later blog. For now, we're just looking at the overall structure of the script.

As we presented in our Video Class, There are 4 initial elements: the Cover Page, the Plot Synopsis, the Cast Page, and the Setting/Stage Set.

Here are some examples of each. (Note:they are not all from the same play.)

Game of Tiaras

When the aging king of a Magical Kingdom (England) decides to split his empire between his three daughters, Cinderella, Belle, and the Snow Queen (who in no way resembles a copyrighted character), terrible tragedy ensues. Terrible, hilarious tragedy. Combining the gut-wrenching plot twists of Game of Thrones, and the soul-numbing despair of Shakespearean tragedy, this adaptation of King Lear will leave you dying with laughter as the body count mounts. When you play the Game of Tiaras, you win, or you die.

To be continued...

Ghostchasers Script Sample
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