It's summer and that means outdoor theater season. There's something magical about experiencing a play or musical beneath the stars.
I have to thank my son, Cameron, for finally dragging my carcass to a local treasure, the
a repertory theatre company founded by Will Geer, Grandpa on the Waltons, in the 1950's as a creative home for Blacklisted actors of the time. The company is still going strong performing a myriad of classics as well as reaching out to schools using the richness of Shakespeare and other excellent plays to create a lifelong love of theatre in today's students.
Here are some pix of Cameron as Dill in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD to give you a glimpse of this truly enchanted theatre space nestled into a hillside in Topanga Canyon, California.
Wearing my writer hat, I always learn so much from the concise storytelling required for the stage, and experiencing theatre outdoors adds yet another dimension of wonder.
Other fantastic outdoor theatre experiences I've enjoyed here in California:
Solvang Theatre Festival - Central Coast of CA
Moonlight Theatre - Vista CA, north of San Diego
California Shakespeare Theatre - San Francisco Bay Area
Find a company of players in your area waiting to tell their tales on a stage and get thee to a theatre.
Any favorite outdoor summer theatre suggestions in your neck of the woods?