Lyric hosts theater workshop

TUPELO – Theater people from around the state gathered at the Lyric Theatre on Friday.
They came from as far away as Biloxi to learn better ways to put on a show. Mississippi Theatre Association’s workshop, which continues today, includes sessions on lighting, props and copyright law.
On Friday, Rusty Scafidel showed theater teachers and representatives from community theaters how to get the most out of the lighting systems they have.
“Rusty has always got wonderful ideas,” said Kelly Norris, who teaches at Biloxi High School, “and he specializes in speaking in layman’s terms for those of us who don’t know much about lighting.”
Greg Pirkle, a Tupelo attorney, is scheduled to discuss copyright law today.
“A lot of people don’t realize it’s illegal to change a script,” said Tom Booth, Tupelo Community Theatre executive director and an MTA board member. “Really, you’re not supposed to change a word.”
Juniper Wallace, who works with MTA’s high school division, said Tupelo was chosen for the workshop because the Lyric and Tupelo High School Performing Arts Center will host the 2010 MTA Festival, Jan. 14-17.
“We try to do the workshop at the festival site,” Wallace said. “It gives them the chance to come and see the space where they’ll be competing.”
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