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Got dramatic flair? Take this class

SPRINGVILLE — Forbidden love, crossing gender roles and impending death will all be played out in Springville Center for the Arts’ fall actors’ workshop. Residents are invited to join actor and director Tom Durham in a series of scene studies of Timothy Findley’s play “Elizabeth Rex,” a fictional account that pulls together Queen Elizabeth I and Shakespeare, and pushing the audience to question where loyalties should lie.

As a distraction from the impending execution of her secret lover, Queen Elizabeth I calls a group of Shakespearean actors to perform for her. Among these actors is Ned, a man who plays the roles of women in the theater, but offstage, must hide his feminine side.

Queen Elizabeth I must do the opposite: in her role as the ruler of England, she must emphasize her strength and masculine side, at the cost of suppressing the true emotions of her feminine side.

Through readings and scene studies, Durham will guide workshop participants to explore the concepts of gender, friendship and loyalty, while using participants’ insights to examine how the actors contribute to the story and other characters.

All skill levels are invited to participate. This is a free, seven-session workshop, running Tuesday evenings, 7-9 p.m., from Oct. 29-Nov. 21, at the Mongerson Theater at Springville Center for the Arts. The play contains adult content.

For more information, visit To register for the workshop or for questions, call SCA at 592-9038.


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