Saddleback College Summer of Theatre makes O.C. Hot List

The Orange County Hot List recently ranked the Summer of Theatre at Saddleback College the sixth best festival in Orange County, beating out such events as the Newport Beach Jazz Festival, the Garden Grove Strawberry Festival, and others.

“We are excited to learn that the wider Orange County population is not only aware of what we are doing, but took the time to vote for our incredible event,” said David Anderson, director of audience development for the division of Fine Arts & Media Technology.

This year, 6,700 people came to see free performances of “Shrek: The Musical,” a Big Band performance featuring 100 year-old Shep Shepherd, Shakespeare by the Sea productions of “Macbeth” and “Taming of the Shrew,” and “The Music Man.” The series is designed to introduce theatre and music to residents and families who cannot afford to attend these productions at area theatres.

Anderson said, “It was so fun to see four generations of community members laughing, playing and singing along with our talented student casts. Nothing thrills us more than to see young people enjoying our shows without having to worry about sitting in a formal theatrical setting where they have to sit still and be quiet.”

The City of Mission Viejo through its Community Grants program partnered with the college to put on the 2017 Summer of Theatre. Anyone wishing to sponsor this event can email sc_arts@saddleback.edu or call 949-582-4913.

The O.C. Hot List’s top five were the Orange County Fair, Sawdust Art & Craft Festival, Tustin Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off, Doheny Blues Festival, Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach. Saddleback College’s KSBR Birthday Bash also made the list at No. 9. The Orange County Hot List features more than 4,475 businesses competing for title of Orange County’s best.