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Performance space for Shakespeare Festival now available to other groups

Posted: February 4, 2011 3:30 p.m.
Updated: February 4, 2011 3:30 p.m.

The Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival is extending an invitation all performing arts groups in the region: Come share the stage and join them for the summer.

The Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival is once again creating a performance space at Towsley Canyon Park, and inviting other performances and groups to share the venue. Last year the performance space included a stage, a dressing room, sound, lighting, porta-potties and a vendor area for audience refreshments. More than 1,200 audience members came out to see the Shakespeare in the Park production of "The Tempest."

The Shakespeare in the Park series was founded in 1990 and ran consecutively for 10 years, performing in community parks throughout Santa Clarita. Since then, the annual event had sporadic performances. In 2007, the Repertory East Playhouse and the Canyon Theatre Guild joined forces to restart the annual event. With a new company formed (SCSF), under the direction of the original founder of the event (David Stears), Shakespeare found a new home at Towsley.

This year, SCSF is producing "As You Like It," and is proposing a Festival at Towsley, a summer of local and regional arts groups and performances, running throughout July.

"It takes a tremendous amount of work to create the performance venue at Towsley Canyon Park, and the Shakespeare performances happen a small portion of the time. It seems a waste not to open it up for others to share," said David Stears, executive director of SCSF.

For more information about participating in the Festival at Towsley, or about Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival, e-mail David Stears at or call (661) 513-3538.


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