Find drama, laughs at Lyric Theatre festival

TUPELO – The drama will start early at the Lyric Theatre today.
Picayune High School will perform William Rester’s “Talking Bird” at 8 a.m. to kick off the competition during the 2010 Mississippi Theatre Association Festival.
“We will close the doors at 8 a.m.,” said Tom Booth, an MTA board member. “I would encourage people to be in their seats by 7:45 a.m.”
The Lyric will host a total of three plays before noon, with six more high school productions planned for the afternoon and evening. Community theater companies will take over the Lyric stage on Saturday and Sunday.
“The whole festival is totally open for anybody to come and watch a block of shows, or all of the shows,” Booth said. “A block is usually two or three shows, and that’s a $5 ticket.”
The Theatre for Youth will be today at the Tupelo High School Fine Arts Auditorium. It will feature free plays geared toward young people. Some seats are available, so call (662) 844-1935 for availability.
In addition, a variety of workshops will be presented. Topics will cover both the artistic and business sides of theater.
MTA will hold a Community Theatre Summit at 1 p.m. today at the BancorpSouth Center. It’ll include a roundtable discussion to share ideas. As part of that meeting, the Mississippi Arts Commission will give a workshop in grant writing.
“This is for anyone who loves community theater,” Booth said. “We’d love to have them.”

Contact M. Scott Morris at (662) 678-1589 or scott.morris@djournal.com.

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