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Playhouse Offers Youth Acting Classes

Registration is underway for Laguna Playhouse’s youth theater classes. A musical theatre class on Fridays called “I’ve got a Solo” for ages 10 and above takes place at the Playhouse Jan. 17 through March 28, 4 to 6 p.m. And, for ages 9-11 an acting fundamentals class, “Look at...

Assembling ‘A Christmas Memory’

  By Tom Shelton | NB Indy   Indy theatre critic Tom Shelton, a professional actor who has worked locally at South Coast Rep and Laguna Playhouse, joins the cast of “A Christmas Memory,” which runs through Dec. 29 at Laguna Playhouse. He shares his experience in this...

‘Gnome Home

On the corner of High Drive and Cedar Way in North Laguna stands a little tiny village of welcoming and kitschy gnomes. The gnome village is the fond collection of a seemingly well-adjusted person, Jennifer Hart, the lone remaining occupant of the Laguna Playhouse costume shop....

Plaque Commemorates ‘Mr. Laguna’

Harry Lawrence Day, celebrated on Main Beach since 2009, this year was celebrated at a party hosted by Selanne Steak House, where a plaque was presented to Lawrence’s  widow, Zahide, which will be permanently installed outside the Tudor style building. Lawrence came to Laguna...

Barnicle Returns to Laguna in ‘Fallen Angels’

By Christopher Trela | NB Indy Andy Barnicle has a “thing” for Noel Coward, but it’s a good thing. Two years ago, Barnicle directed an acclaimed production of Coward’s landmark play “Private Lives” at Laguna Playhouse. It was Barnicle’s...

Getting Out 10/4/13

‘Fallen Angels’ Comes to the Playhouse The Laguna Playhouse presents a new look at a hilarious classic, written by Noël Coward and directed by Art Manke. “Fallen Angels” will begin previews on Tuesday, Oct. 8 and will open on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m. and run through Sunday,...

Speaker’s Corner

The Beach Isn’t Our Only Valuable Asset By: Joe Hanauer Just over a year ago, I was elected chair of The Laguna Playhouse, and at that time, I shared my vision for the Playhouse as being not only a place for high-quality professional theatre, but also a center for all kinds of...

Class Notes 6/21/13

Arts Appreciation Begins Early Chabad Preschool has opened its popular Alphabet Art Program to all children in the community during the month of July. Created and taught by Chabad preschool teacher, Tracey Belland, the curriculum exposes students ages 3 to 6 to artists Monet,...

Mix of Music and Theater Yields Stunning Results

Immerse yourself in passionate, flawlessly played classical music and absorb a riveting true story of family love during crisis in Laguna Playhouse’s “The Pianist of Willesden Lane,” in production only until June. 9. Coming straight from her heart and executed with fluid...

‘Pianist’ Strikes an Evocative Chord

Immerse yourself in passionate, flawlessly played classical music and absorb a riveting true story of family love in Laguna Playhouse’s “The Pianist of Willesden Lane,” in production only until June. 9. Coming straight from her heart and executed with fluid  professionalism, sole...

Finding Fault in a Headline

Editor, Re: a letter to the editor from Elizabeth Pearson that appeared in the paper April 19 edition. The letter had a title “Ruling Clears Pearson to Vote on Village Entrance.” Did Pearson add that title “Ruling Clears Pearson to vote on Village Entrance” or did the LB Indy? It...

Lessons on Life in Playhouse’s ‘Pianist’

  In 1938 the Nazis annexed Austria and its Jewish population found itself in immediate peril. While countless Austrian Jews joined the 6 million murdered between 1939 and 1945, Lisa Jura, an aspiring concert pianist of 14, survived the Holocaust. Though the invasion dashed...

Amid Big Hair, a Southern Drama Unfolds

“I’m a complete moron when it comes to doing hair but I have to look as if I know what I am doing,” confessed Stephanie Zimbalist rehearsing for “Steel Magnolias,” currently at the Laguna Playhouse. Zimbalist, adding to her skill sets, embodies Truvy, the irrepressible owner of a...

Ruling Clears Pearson to Vote on Village Entrance

Editor, Yesterday, I learned that Laguna residents Verna Rollinger and Jean Raun had made official inquiries regarding my legal ability, as it relates to the California Fair Political Practices Commission, to deliberate and or vote on a proposed Village Entrance project in Laguna...

Picking Up the Tempo

Visiting bands, duos and soloists fill stages across Laguna Beach, joining established local performers in what is becoming more of a year ‘round scene. The latest attraction is Jammin’, a smooth jazz series that is a collaboration between Laguna Playhouse and Mozambique...