Dear Garden Grove City Council:
The Western Advisory Board of Actors' Equity Assn. has requested that I write to you to express its concern over the stand you have taken regarding the Grove Shakespeare Festival. It is surprising to the board that Garden Grove is not proud of the fine work that has evolved from the festival over the past 12 years.
It would seem that the attitude of the council in cutting funding is that the community is not being well-served by the festival's choice of plays and the employment ot "high-priced professionals." I think it is fair to say that most communities in this country would be proud to have a company doing the kind of work that exemplifies the highest traditions of the English-speaking heritage we all enjoy.
At a time when our nation's top educators are crying out over the deficiency of education in our schools, the theater has continually represented one of the best ways to instill our youth with pride in the language and literature of Western society. If the festival had not been successful or critically acclaimed, the position of the council would be easier to understand, but recent donations from the Chamber of Commerce and the firefighters would indicate that those bodies are trying to take up the slack that has been created by the City Council, which should be leading rather than following.