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SC Shakespeare Fest performs in Towsley Canyon Park

'Tempest' staged weekends through Aug. 1

Posted: July 22, 2010 2:26 p.m.
Updated: July 22, 2010 3:44 p.m.

Michael Holmes, who plays Gonzalo, is the SCSF's first equity contract. Holmes has appeared in regional theatres from Houston's Alley to the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford Conn.

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"The Tempest" opened at its new home, Towsley Canyon Park, on Saturday, July 17. Nearly 300 people came out to experience Shakespeare under the stars, according to Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival organizers.

"The Tempest" is performed Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m. until Sunday, Aug. 1 at Towsley Canyon Park.

Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m.. All performances are free and suitable for the entire family, the SCSF said.

Dennis Kleinsmith has been cast as Prospero. This is Kleinsmith's fourth production of "The Tempest" and his second as Prospero. Kleinsmith has also played Alonso and Caliban.

Kleinsmith's other theater roles include "West" at the Electric Lodge and "Splendid Misery" at Zombie Joe's. He has also been featured in such film roles as Rabbi Mendel in "The Cutter" with Chuck Norris, Lucifer in "Ordinary Angels" and a Catholic cardinal in the opera "Stargazer."

Michael Holmes, who plays Gonzalo, is the SCSF's first equity contract. Holmes has appeared in regional theatres from Houston's Alley to the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Conn.

On Broadway, he was featured in the original production of Tom Stoppard's "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead."

Holmes is an award-winning actor and director. He taught advanced acting at the graduate level for the UCLA Masters of Fine Arts program and is the only acting teacher in Los Angeles to have to recieve a recommendation from Uta Hagen.

"We are excited about mixing regional professionals with our local talent to bring the most dynamic productions possible for valley," said David Stears, executive director of the SCSF.

Towsley Canyon is located at the gateway to the Santa Clarita Valley and is accessible from most major freeways at 24255 The Old Road, Newhall 91321, off Interstate 5 south of Calgrove Boulevard.

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