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Your table read is a special experience. And to deliver a similar level of engagement to your audience, more and more theatre companies are producing virtual script readings. These fun, behind-the-scenes looks have never been more popular.
So, you need to have a plan for producing your own virtual script reading. Let’s get started.
It sounds obvious, but the best place to start is by defining your why. Why do you want to produce a virtual script reading? What is your end goal? Keeping your destination and desired outcome in mind at all times is key to making informed decisions that help you reach your goals for the work.
Once you decide on a goal (as well as a path to accomplish it), it’s time to figure out the best way to get content to your audience. Because – now more than ever – there are a variety of options to choose from.
If you’re going for a conversational feel, delivering the virtual equivalent of a table reading to loyal followers can be a fun event. They’re a great way to connect people with your productions.
But this format is equally valuable for you. Because it gives you immediate, honest feedback into what’s working. Your audience can and will let you know in real-time if a character isn’t well-defined, if the story takes a turn that doesn’t make sense, or if the show keeps everyone entertained. For next to nothing in terms of cost, you gain valuable insights into your performances – and how the audience perceives them.
As opposed to the private option described above, these virtual script readings are typically performed for a live audience. But you can do so in two very different ways. Option number one is simply livestreaming your Zoom call to the public.
The other? Pre-recording separate actors through self-filmed messages before splicing and editing them together. Whichever option you choose, this trend shows no signs of slowing down soon. So pick the format that makes the most sense for your unique needs.
Depending on the scale of your virtual script reading operations, an investment into new technology may very well be in order. Services like Streamyard and Zoom are affordable enough for businesses of any size to take advantage of. And a great USB camera and mic go a long way toward enhancing audio and sound quality for your viewers.
Obviously, there are millions of devices and software products out there capable of adding value to your virtual script reads. However you approach these integrations, one thing is true: producing these events can quickly become an overwhelming job.
That’s why we help thousands of theatre professionals take care of business so they can do what they do best. Sign up for your On The Stage platform demo now to see how we make the business side of performances easier, whether they’re in-person, virtual, or pre-recorded.