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Pearson Finds Her Muse at Pacific Chorale

After a year as Laguna Playhouse’s development director, Elizabeth Pearson, will step down April 30 to take the helm of the Pacific Chorale, one of the top choruses in the nation and the resident choir for the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at Segerstrom Center for the...

Finding Common Ground in ‘Having it All’

“To extrapolate a woman’s state, you barely have to meet, the most accurate report is what she’s sporting on her feet…!”    So goes a chorus line in “Having it All,” a musical production at the Laguna Playhouse opening on Saturday, March 9. Loosely inspired or perhaps...

Fostering Aspiring Playwrights

“Women need delusion; men need something new.” So goes a line in Neil Simon’s play “Chapter Two,” currently on stage at Laguna Playhouse. While some audience members might think: “I wish I’d said that,” others might want more, wondering perhaps, what it would take to write a play...

Nostalgic Musical Celebrates Simpler Era

It is 1964 and Sparky, Smudge, Jinx and Frankie, members of “Forever Plaid,” a doo-wop group along the lines of ‘50s clean-cut boy bands, are en route to their first big-time gig. When their car collides with a bus filled with parochial-school girls on the way to see the Beatles...

Getting Out 11/2/12

A Feast of Sight and Sound Laguna Beach Live! presents a cello duo with Maksim Velichkin and Peter Jacobson in a free chamber music concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov.  8 at the Laguna Art Museum. Cellist, pianist, and harpsichordist Velichkin has been active as a solo performer,...

Laguna Playhouse Hosts Sold-out Crowd

Laguna Playhouse lured a sell-out crowd to the gala opening of the Tony-award winning play, “39 Steps” on Saturday, Sept. 29. Staff and board members celebrated the show in ‘30s-themed attire. Guests enjoyed a pre-show party and entertainment by  keyboardist Kathy Schroeder and...

Hitchcock Farce Promises Wit and Theatrics

            It’s a play with plot twists in every scene. A devastating fire cascades into domino affects too numerous to list. A mysterious woman ends up murdered. A presumed spy becomes a hunted man. And then there are romantic entanglements, roaming assassins and police...

Folkies Return

Back by popular demand, The Lonesome Travelers return to the Laguna Playhouse for one week only, Aug. 28 through Sept. 2. There are only nine performances Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., 2 p.m. Thursday and Saturday matinees and a special 4 p.m. matinee o...

A Marvel in Caps and Gowns

Anyone who has previously been taken in by “The Marvelous Wonderettes” or “Winter Wonderettes” will undoubtedly find the current production of “The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps & Gown” at the Laguna Playhouse even more magical. A world premiere, this saga veers into new...

Youth Education Supported At Laguna Playhouse

The Festival of Arts Foundation also awarded the Laguna Playhouse a $7,500 grant to support youth education programming, a facet of the Playhouse’s repertoire since its foundation 90 years ago. “This gift will make a real difference in our ability to continue to offer...

Turning a Page on Mystery and Intrigue

An Evening with Dean Koontz at Laguna Playhouse   Among best-selling contemporary American authors, Newport Beach’s Dean Koontz, whose books have sold 400 million copies translated into 38 languages, nearly tops the list. The author’s success even translates into other...

Kudos on Story

Editor:   Thank you for the well-written story by Daniella Walsh regarding my new relationship with the Laguna Playhouse in last week’s edition of your paper (“Pearson Ascends a New Stage,” Feb. 10).   She did a great writing job and got every quote right.  We are...

Pearson Ascends a New Stage

Elizabeth Pearson, a longtime resident and former foundation executive, was hired as development director of the Laguna Playhouse, it was announced this week. As a former mayor and current City Council member, Pearson has become one of the city’s most effective and influential...