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Staging Short Stories

Published: 04.06.2014, Updated: 05.03.2017
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How about making a staged version of a short story? The teacher will divide you into groups and give you a short story to work with. Your job is to rewrite the story into a script making it possible to act it out. You may have to adjust the script to the number of people in your group.

You should learn your lines by heart and rehearse the dialogue with your group. Some props may add an extra flair to your performance.

The story could also be recorded as a radio play, using sounds and background music to set the atmosphere.

Suggested Short Stories

Doris Lessing: "No Witchcraft for Sale" 

Ernest Hemingway: "Hills Like White Elephants" 

Salman Rushdie: "Good Advice is Rarer than Rubies" 

Pete Hamill: "Going Home" 

Barry Rosenberg: "Dial 000" 

Roald Dahl: "The Way Up to Heaven" 

Alice Munro: "Amundsen" 

Raymond Carver: "Popular Mechanics"  

Patricia Highsmith: "The Snail-Watcher"