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Shakespeare in the park storage ripped off

Cookies, chips and wine stolen on eve of last production

Posted: July 26, 2011 4:31 p.m.
Updated: July 26, 2011 4:31 p.m.

To be or not to be ... the victims of theft.

That is the question Shakespearean actors are asking themselves after thieves raided their park storage bin over the weekend.

While thousands of dollars worth or lighting and sound equipment were left untouched, thieves made off with a box of wine, some chips and some cookies.

"It was a great relief to see the big items still there," said David Ian Stears, director of the Santa Clarita Repertory Theater.

The theft occurred at Towsley Canyon Park on the eve of the troupe's last summer series performance of the Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival.

"Our stage manager arrived at around 4:30 Saturday," Stears said, "and, she saw that office container had been opened.

"We went in and noticed right away that all the expensive equipment was untouched," he said. "But, then we noticed that the kids - I assume they were kids - took a case of wine which we were planning to serve at intermission, a box of chips, a box of candy bars and a bin containing all our programs, a drill gun, a couple of wrenches.

"All totaled, everything stolen came to less than $400," Stears said. "Whoever did this spent a long time cutting that lock."

The troupe phoned the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station to report the crime.

This year's festival featured a 1960s version of William Shakespeare's "As You Like It."

The troupe closed the 2011 season with a performance Sunday. It was the second year they performed at Towsley Canyon.



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