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Kemp Center for the Arts & MSU offers free Shakespeare workshop

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) - What's in a name? It's a question asked in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Just the mention of Shakespeare's name might elicit a smile or perhaps an unhappy memory of trying to memorize dialogue. But, there's a new program in our area, helping those trying to brush up on their Shakespeare.

Midwestern State University and the Kemp Center for the Arts are teaming up on a new program called Shakeshop: Actor's workshop.

It's something David Fisher wishes was around when he was studying Shakespeare in college.

"We had to do one-acts or part of a scene from it," Fisher said. What's so difficult about the works, Fisher believes, isn't necessarily the subject matter, but rather the complicated language used.

"It looks boring and looks like homework when you look at it," said Fisher. "But if it's done right, it can be mesmerizing."

Speaking of homework, that's how one younger fan of Shakespeare learned about his body of works.

"When I was younger, my mom assigned a couple of them to me," said Karla Berkshire. "But, then I got interested and just started reading more because they're really good and funny."

For those who are willing to give Shakespeare a first or second chance, MSU Assistant Theater Professor Christie Maturo said this workshop is a perfect opportunity and for several reasons.

"I think helping decode the language and seeing how much fun Shakespeare actually can be. I mean he's really bawdy. His plays are full of sex jokes and that's surprising to a lot of people," Maturo said.

Whatever the reason, Maturo hopes many will get to know more about Shakespeare and not just have his works 'thrust upon them.' Maturo says there will be another free Shakeshop offered in the near future.

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