The Theater: How to Read Aloud at Home

(The Laughton System)

Don't Sit Down. You can read more easily and with less strain if your torso is erect. Put a bench or chair on a table and use it as a breast-high lectern. Lean on it all you want.

Speak Naturally. Your normal voice is your best reading voice—use it.

Don't Go Highbrow. Pick a book that you know and enjoy. Since it will be more fun for you, it will be more fun for your listeners.

Never Make It a Chore. Quit reading when you're tired or your attention begins to wander. If a...

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