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Summer stock theatre

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A summer stock theatre is a theater that generally produces plays only in the summertime. The name combines the seasonal aspect with a tradition of putting on the same shows each year and reusing "stock" scenery and costumes. Some smaller theaters still continue this tradition, and a few summer stock theaters have become highly-regarded theatre festivals.

Summer stock theatres frequently take advantage of better weather by having their productions outdoors. The reliance on stock often leads summer theaters to specialize in a particular type of production, such as Shakespeare plays, musicals, or even opera. Some notable summer theaters include: Utah Shakespeare Festival, Santa Fe Opera, Oregon Shakespeare, Williamstown Theater Festival and Glimmerglass Opera.