Readers Theatre brings literature to life on stage |

Readers Theatre brings literature to life on stage

Sunday, great works of literature come alive when read by acclaimed local orators at Readers Theatre at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center.

Legendary character actor Tim O'Connor reprises his role as director for the spring production of Readers Theatre which features the works of renowned authors Nathaniel Hawthorne, Holly Giles, Benjamin Rosenblatt, and Ernest J. Finney as read by local actors David Irons, Bruce Kelly, Reinette Senum and Renee Sprattling.

O'Connor originally brought the medium to the Foundry and for more than a decade, this unique theater-style reading of prose and screenplays, has moved and inspired audiences.

Readers theater has been called many things including "theater of the mind" and "interpreters theatre." The concept gained popularity during World War II when large stage plays were too expensive to produce.

Using minimal props, the actor and the audience's imagination illustrate the story. The Readers Theatre experience is one of involvement. The audience participates with its imagination to provide the sets, costumes, and props. Skilled voice actors cause the audience to experience literature as they do.

"Storytelling opens the listener's mind," said O'Connor. "People often come to Readers Theatre not knowing what to expect, then they find themselves riveted, enraptured by the stories, and moved to an 'ah ha' moment. We usually see them back again."

O'Connor is best known for his prolific work in television including his roles as Dr. Elias Heuer in "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century," Jack Boland in "General Hospital," and Elliot Carson in "Peyton Place," and for more than 10 years he has hand selected the material for Readers Theatre.

Readers Theatre is a fundraiser for the Miners Foundry Cultural Center.

The event begins at 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12 and are available online, by phone or in person at Miners Foundry, or at BriarPatch Co-op. For more information, go to