These skits are set up in a Reader’s Theater format where students are sitting on chairs or stools in front of the audience. When the actor is “on stage” they simply turn and face the audience; when they are “off stage” they turn away from the audience. There are no props needed for the skits -- the actors will act as though they are holding whatever items that are described in the skit. The narrators will stand along the sides and will remain facing the audience throughout the skit.
Reading with expression is key to a successful performance -- the narrators are really the story tellers and should read with lots of expression to keep the audience hooked. Since this is readers theater there is no need for anyone to memorize their lines. The more times they read through the script, the better they will get.
There are 4 skits in all, so you have the opportunity to have several students “cast” in major reading roles. I color-coded the plays to make it easier for the students to remember which one they were in -- I made enough copies for each of the performers and put them in colored folders for easy access.
These skits are based on a variety of Tom Sawyer sources primarily:
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, abridged and adapted by Lorri Ungaretti; Globe Fearon, 1966