The Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival has announced that Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook has been named this year’s honoree for the Court of the Lord Chamberlain, the kick-off event its LA Summerfest. Van Hook is Chancellor of the Santa Clarita Community College District and is being honored for her leadership and support of the arts in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Since before Shakespeare’s time, the post of the Lord Chamberlain was responsible for patronage of the arts. Induction to the Court honors patrons who have made a significant contribution to the arts in our community. Hundreds of students from College of the Canyons have participated in SCSF over the years so the award is a fitting one for Van Hook. Past honorees include LA County Supervisor Michael Antonovich, Councilperson Laurene Weste, and CalArts President, Dr. Steven Lavine.
The Court of the Lord Chamberlain gala opens the 7th season of LA SummerFest, which takes place at Rivendale in Santa Clarita’s Towsley Canyon. The event begins at 6:30 pm on Friday, July 15 and includes a buffet dinner, drinks, dessert and a preview of the season’s performances. Funds raised will support the Festival and other initiatives. Tickets are available on Eventbrite HERE.
LA SummerFest is an annual cultural production of the Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival and features music, theatre, and other special events including an annual Shakespeare in the Park series, High School Apprentice Program, Leslie Berra’s OUT OF THE BOX Tribute to the Jukebox Musicals, and three summer music festivals (The AmericanaFEST, The BluesFEST, and Jazz & Wine at Rivendale).
For more information about the LA SummerFest, please visit www.LASummerFest.org.