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Workshops Explore Film and the Spoken Word

A scene from “Bread and Tulips,” scheduled for Feb. 11 at a Community Center workshop examining filmmaking.

A scene from “Bread and Tulips,” scheduled for Feb. 11 at a Community Center workshop examining filmmaking.

Laguna Beach Community Center begins new workshops in the new year that explore film and writing.

Readers Theater begins on Monday, Jan. 6 at 4 p.m., a 10-part, $50 class where class members portray characters in plays, dramatize fiction, or voice poetry during class sessions and occasional public performances.

Participants will analyze author intention through discussion, oral interpretation, and readying the material for presentation. Meetings may include cold readings, scene study, script-editing, and auditioning.

Sessions may include brief exercises but as blocking is minimal with most speakers seated, being ambulatory is not necessary for being a vital member of the troupe.

Register online at www.lagunabeachcity.net; click on “Recreation Activities.”

Or mail to Susi Q Community Center, 380 Third St.

An eight-week, $20 class English 435: Film Genres Focus, examines various filmmakers’ narrative and directorial technique, and how art direction and costuming reveal character. The film fare includes foreign features and under-the-radar writer-directors.

The class is led by Kathryn Kramer, a winner of the American Film Institute’s independent filmmaker prize, and is offered through Irvine Valley College’s emeritus program on Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 11. Register at www.123getsmart.com “Emeritus” or (949) 451-5555 or 451-5382, weekdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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