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Shakespeare Festival Opens Arms To Fellow Performers

shakespeare-21The Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival is extending an invitation all performing arts groups in the region to share the stage and create a summer full of live theater and performances.

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.  Over 1,200 audience members came out to see the Shakespeare in the Park production of “The Tempest.”


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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 REP East Playhouse and the Canyon Theatre Guild joined forces to re-start 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 region arts groups and performances running throughout July.

"Come out and join us!" said Stears, Executive Director of SCSF.  "Shakespeare wandered for years looking for a permanent venue to reach the community.  We want to an opportunity to others in the community. "

"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."

Towsley Canyon Park was home to the Explorers Equestrian unit it was abandoned in the early 80's. The City of Santa Clarita purchased and annexed the front 60 acres to block a proposed dumpsite.  Since then, the buildings, structures, and stables have been abandoned.  Last year, the Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival moved in and developed a temporary performance space for the Shakespeare in the Park series.

In addition to the Shakespeare in the Park and the Festival at Towsley, other community organizations are eyeing the space for performances and future festivals. "Everyone is excited about the space, about a new life for the park, and the possibility of a new venue for the community" says Stears.

For more information about participating in the Festival at Towsley, or about Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival, please contact Stears at info@scshakespearefest.org or call  (661) 513-3538. Follow the SCSF on FACEBOOK at: http://www.facebook.com/SCShakespeareFest