This Reader's Theater is for 3 students. It is an English version of Cinderella. In the script, Cinderella lives with her stepmother and stepsisters. They do not like her and make her do all the chores while they go to parties and do nothing. One day a letter comes inviting the family to the ball. Cinderella helps everyone get ready but then has to stay home. As she is sitting by the fire she wishes that she could go. All of a sudden her fairy godmother appears and gives her a coach, dress, and glass slippers. Cinderella can go to the ball now! When she goes, no one knows who she is. The prince asks her to dance and they have so much fun that it is midnight before Cinderella knows it. She runs away, leaving behind a glass slipper. The prince swears he will marry the girl who fits that slipper and every girl in the kingdom tries it on but no one can get it to fit. When the prince comes to her house, Cinderella gets her chance and puts it on. Her whole outfit appears again and the prince asks her to marry him. They live happily ever after. There is a short writing assignment afterwards for the students to respond to.
You can also have your students compare and contrast the standard version with this one using a Venn Diagram. I have one pack based only on Cinderella stories from around the world called 'Cinderella Around the World' and it also includes twisted versions of the story. I use reader's theaters to encourage my students to practice fluency. It is a fun way to do something that they need. It was especially fun having different groups of students present the different versions of Cinderella to the class. We even voted to see which one was like the most.
My scripts are in black and white with only the occasional color picture on front so they photo copy easily. The problem with many other reader's theaters is that students spend a lot of time waiting for their part. When you have a small group they get more practice in and less off task behaviors take place.
My name is Melanie Whitesides but my store name is Wonbyone and, if your students enjoy this script, look for more fairy tales and twisted tales at my site. This script and other versions of Cinderella are in a book of their own as well. I hope that your students enjoy this script as much as mine did. Let me know how things go!
Cinderella - An English Version for Reader's Theater
by Melanie Whitesides
is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License