Springville His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety plans Feb. lec­ture

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Brigham Young fa­mously said, “If I were placed on a can­ni­bal is­land and given a task of civ­i­liz­ing its peo­ple, I should straight­way build a theatre.” The pioneer set­tlers of Springville heeded Brother Brigham’s words and made one of their first ma­jor build­ing projects an ed­i­fice large enough to hold a dance floor and a stage so the res­i­dents could gather for so­cial events and the­atri­cals.

On Feb. 1, Daryl Tucker, pres­i­dent of the Springville His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety and for­mer leader of the Springville Play­house com­mu­nity theater com­pany, will present a lec­ture on “Theater in the Art City.” The lec­ture will be held as part of the on­go­ing se­ries of pre­sen­ta­tions spon­sored by the Springville Se­nior Cit­i­zens and will be held that evening at 6 p.m. in the Se­nior Cit­i­zens’ Cen­ter lo­cated at 65 E. 200 South in Springville.

Tucker has been ac­tive in the Springville theater scene for many years, hav­ing ap­peared in nu­mer­ous pro­duc­tions at the Villa Play­house Theater, The Lit­tle Brown Theater and the afore­men­tioned Springville Play­house. His wife and sev­eral fam­ily mem­bers have also ap­peared on stage in many of those shows. While serv­ing as pres­i­dent of Springville Play­house, that or­ga­ni­za­tion cel­e­brated 60 years of con­tin­u­ing ser­vice to the com­mu­nity and a his­tory of the play­house up to that time was pro­duced. That project spurred an in­ter­est in re­search­ing more of the his­tory of live theater in Springville and the up­com­ing lec­ture will fill in de­tails re­gard­ing the early years and some of the in­ter­est­ing per­son­al­i­ties that ap­peared on var­i­ous Springville stages, in­clud­ing some of the most fa­mous celebri­ties from the 19th and 20th cen­turies. It turns out mur­ders and in­trigues are not con­fined to imag­i­na­tive stage­craft.

Co­in­ci­den­tally, the Se­nior Cit­i­zens’ build­ing where the lec­ture will take place is also the for­mer site of the Springville Opera House, which burned down in the 1920s. So, the sub­ject for the evening is most ap­pro­pri­ate to the lo­ca­tion.

Daryl Tucker

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