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The Festival Ampitheatre is in Garden Grove. This is home to Orange County's lone classically based theater troupe, Shakespeare Orange County, which, as the name implies, is all about the Bard. So it's fitting the dedicated troupe of longtime company members and constant influx of talent from Chapman University (where former artistic director Thomas F. Bradac is an associate professor of theater) possess the most bucolic venue in the county to strut their stuff. The 500-seat theater, surrounded by towering sycamore and ponderosa pines, opened in 1981. In 2004, Shakespeare OC moved in and has produced some 15 shows there, along with special events. It's also used by a few community organizations. But it's when the company is hosting one of Shakespeare's plays that it feels most alive. They stage all of them, from Hamlet to the lesser-known ones and a whole bunch of other ones. Tally ho!


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