One Big Family Under the Stars!

Outdoor Professional Theatre in Garden Grove

Shakespeare Orange County | Summerfest 2015 season logo

Be a part of
One Big Family
Under the Stars

Summerfest 2015 follows
what OC Weekly hailed
as the "Best Theatre Season
in Southern Cal"

This season is the second under Artistic Director John Walcutt, who in 2014 rejuvenated SOC with a mission "to use theatre to build bridges between generations and the 76 languages spoken in our community." The relationships with cultural groups initiated last season are deepening this summer with additional partnerships, some as co-presenters like the Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA).

Join us for full productions of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and As You Like It, Gilbert & Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance, John Slade's acclaimed Walt Whitman Sings, and our new Friday Night "Cinema Under the Stars" series.


Nights in White

Opening Night of Romeo and Juliet and As You Like It offer a special 'Night in White' package that includes an elegant sit-down dinner al fresco with entertainment before the show and reserved seats in the first three center rows. Each show will have this special pre-show dinner beginning at 6 p.m. The catered affair will be served out under the trees in the beautiful amphitheater park. There'll be music and fun perfect to start off an evening of the Bard, in Verona on July 11 and the Forest of Arden on August 15. Visit show pages for more information on Romeo and Juliet and As You Like It.

Romeo and Juliet | NOW PLAYING For its first production of Summerfest 2015, Shakespeare Orange County applies its theme of uniting 'One Big Family Under the Stars' to Shakespeare's romantic drama of star-crossed lovers separated by irreconcilable families. Shakespeare's most famous love story, set against the backdrop of two feuding families, becomes an opportunity to celebrate cultural diversity. Co-directors John Walcutt and Associate Artistic Director Mike Peebler have cast Ramon de Ocampo and Nikki Soohoo (Stick It, The Lovely Bones) in the title roles. Co-produced by Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association, with onstage participation from Relámpago del Cielo Grupo Folklórico and the Orange County School for the Arts. Additional community support is provided by the Korean Social Club of Orange County.

Romeo and Juliet runs July 11-August 1, with discounted previews July 2, 3, 9 and 10.


As You Like it | COMING IN AUGUST Directed by Peter Uribe, Shakespeare's beloved comedy about finding love and freedom gets a Renaissance Faire theme sure to engage audiences . . . even before the show begins, with musicians performing in the Amphitheater park. As You Like It is an irresistible exploration of the nature of love and the love of nature. In it Shakespeare creates one of his greatest female characters, the headstrong Rosalind, and two of his cleverest creations in the melancholy Jacques and the foolish Touchstone. Banished from court, Rosalind heads into the Forest of Arden disguised as a man for safety. There she will win the heart of the man she loves while matching wits with an unforgettable band of the Bard's merriest men.

As You Like It runs August 15-29, with performances Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. There will be discounted previews August 13 and 14.


The Pirates of Penzance

SOC sails into exciting new waters this season with its first musical! This timeless, uproarious, and endlessly entertaining classic from Gilbert and Sullivan is about a young pirate’s apprentice who falls in love with the daughter of a Modern Major-General. But no sooner has ended his pirate obligations and found true love with Mabel than the pirates reel him back on a technicality.

And for the first time ever, SOC will be transforming the Amphitheater for special seating right on the stage amidst all the action and fun. Peter Uribe directs.

Pirates of Penzance opens September 12, with performances Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. through September 26. There will be previews September 10 and 11. All seats are only $20.



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Walt Whitman Sings!

Noted actor, composer and musician John Slade (L.A. Confidential, Slamdance, Titanic) brings his traveling "Chautauqua-tent spirit revival in story and song" to our new, intimate Mike Fountain outdoor cabaret stage. Grab your favorite beverage and settle into a playful, pastoral, sly and hip evening of Walt Whitman's great poetry set to music. A lovely and inspiring starry night among the trees with this bold and soulful performer. Recommended for music and poetry lovers of all ages.

August 23 and 30 at 7 p.m. | Mike Fountain Stage | All seats only $20



Cinema Under the Stars

A series of six "Friday Night Films" is also being launched this season. First up, as prelude to SOC's Romeo and Juliet, is Franco Zeffirelli's classic 1968 Romeo and Juliet on June 27.

The remaining screenings will be held on the five Fridays in October.

Those titles include Shakespeare in Love on October 2 and a special Halloween treat, Theatre of Blood starring Vincent Price, on October 30.

The October 9, 16 and 23 titles are to be announced.