The curtain may be rising next year on a new theater company in Garden Grove, or perhaps observers will see the continuation of an established troupe.
The City of Garden Grove is seeking a facility operator to “deliver high-quality performing arts” at the 540-seat Festival Amphitheater on Main Street in downtown Garden Grove.
This request for proposals is triggered by the planned departure of Thomas Bradac, who has the contract to operate the facility. He will be stepping down from his position as head of Shakespeare Orange County, which has been the resident theater company since 2003.
The city plans to enter into a five-year agreement with the next operator, with an option to renew the contract for two more five-year terms.
However, the process won’t necessarily result in a new operation. John Wolcutt of Shakespeare Orange County has announced his intention to operate the facility and continue SOC’s tenure there.
“Twelfth Night,” produced by SOC, is now on stage at the amphitheater, with “Macbeth” scheduled later this summer.
Choosing an operator for the city’s two theaters – the Festival Amphitheater and the smaller Gem Theater – has sometimes been accompanied by controversy. One partnership, Grove Theater Company, was the focus of a well-publicized political battle and eventually relocated to Burbank.
The Gem, operated by One More Productions, has been closed since May 2011, when the facility was struck by a fire. Various announced dates for re-opening of the 155-seat former cinema have passed.