Playhouse announces Wizard of Oz auditions plus a fabulous fundraiser, Matriarch Mayhem, one night only

Murder and The Wizard are coming to Laguna in 2017 in the form of two Youth Theatre productions: The Wizard of Oz, and (for one night only, Friday Feb 17) Matriarch Mayhem: The Stromboli Family Reunion, a fundraiser that will delight audiences and provide wonderful entertainment for a good cause.

Auditions for The Wizard of Oz are by appointment and will be held in Laguna Beach and Lake Forest on Wed, Jan 11, Friday, Jan 13, Sat Jan 14 and dance call (for all) will be on Sunday, Jan 15.  Call Wally Ziegler for more information at 949 497-2787 x 294 or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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The Wizard of Oz will be presented on-stage Friday, March 31, through Sunday, April 9 for 12 performances only. Student matinees are presented on Thurs April 5 and Friday April 6 and 7 at 10 a.m.  Weekend performances will be at 7 p.m. Fridays, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sat and Sundays.  Tickets range from $15 - $25 and can be purchased online at or by calling (949) 497-ARTS (2787) x 1.   Group tickets are available by (949) 497-ARTS (2787) x 229. 

Matriarch Mayhem: The Stromboli Family Reunion fundraiser

Prior to The Wizard of Oz performances, the Playhouse will present its 10th Annual Murder Mystery fundraiser, Matriarch Mayhem: The Stromboli Family Reunion. Audiences are invited to come for an evening of music, laughter, dance and a story ripped from the headlines of a dysfunctional family reunion at Mama Stromboli’s 80th birthday. Matriarch Mayhem will perform one night only, Friday, Feb 17.

Cost to attend the entirety of the evening is $100, which includes dinner, a show, dessert and an opportunity to bid on silent and live auction items.  Show tickets only are $35 each, and these include dessert and auction items.    

The box office is open Tues – Sun 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (open until 8 p.m. on performance days). Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Rd. For more information on all shows and programming visit

Youth Theatre offers winter and spring classes

The Youth Theatre offers the following classes in winter:

Acting Fundamentals (9 – 12 years) begins Tues Jan 24 and runs for eight weeks, ending on March 21 (no class on Feb 21). The fee is $180. The class meets from 4:30 – 6 p.m. at the Woman’s Club, 286 St. Ann’s Drive.  

The Musical Theatre Workshop (9 -12+ years) begins Friday, Jan 20 for eight weeks, ending on March 24 (no class Feb 17 & 24). The fee is $200. The class meets 4 – 6 p.m. at The Laguna Playhouse.

The following classes meet in spring:

Acting Fundamentals (9 – 12 years) begins Tues April 25 to May 30 for six weeks. Fee is $160.  Classes take place 4:30 – 6 p.m. at the Woman’s Club, 286 St. Ann’s Dr.

Musical Theatre Workshop (9 -12+ years) begins Friday, April 7 to June 2 for eight weeks (with no class April 21) from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Laguna Playhouse.  

The Laguna Playhouse is noted for its Youth Theater Education and Outreach programs. In 2008 the Youth Theatre was awarded “Outstanding Contribution to Education” by the Orange County Department of Education and in 1989, its Youth Theater was recognized as “Outstanding Children’s Theatre” by the American Alliance for Theatre and Education. 

For more information, visit

LB Unified School District assistant superintendent Dean West is promoted to county-level position 

Laguna Beach Unified School District’s assistant superintendent of business services, Dean West, has been appointed to associate superintendent of business services at the Orange County Department of Education (OCDE), effective Jan 11. 

West has served in the business services department at Laguna Beach since 2010, first as the director of fiscal services. In 2012, he was promoted to assistant superintendent, providing oversight of facilities, nutrition services, risk management and fiscal services. Under West’s leadership, the district has established and maintained sound financial practices, increased internal controls, and developed a 10-year facilities master plan. 

“I am thankful to have had the opportunity to work with Dean and have been impressed with his leadership in making LBUSD a fiscally strong school district,” said Dr. Jason Viloria, LBUSD superintendent. 

“He helped the district navigate the economic downturn through prudent and responsible fiscal practices and at the same time was able to support various facility projects including the most recent field replacement at the high school. Dean will be missed, but his new role at OCDE will allow him to share his wealth of knowledge with the entire educational community in Orange County and all districts will benefit from his expertise.” 

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Dean West’s expertise will be of enormous value to the OCDE

In West’s new role, he will oversee the OCDE Business Services Division, which provides technical, advisory, and management support services to 27 Orange County school districts, four community college districts, four regional occupational programs, and other federal, state and county agencies in matters relating to financial accounting and budgeting, administrative systems, Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) support and oversight, Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) calculations, district audit reports, tax apportionments, and vendor payment audits. 

The division also provides support in external business services such as payroll services, retirement reporting, credential and fingerprinting services, and unemployment insurance claim management. 

“The Laguna Beach Unified School District has provided me with such a rewarding
experience. We have accomplished so much together and I am proud of our success,” said West. “I sincerely believe that the best days for the district continue to be ahead of us and I wish the Board, staff and community all the best.” 

“Mr. West has made it a priority to ensure that Board of Education members fully understand the complexities of school funding. He answers a myriad of questions so we can make responsible decisions,” said LBUSD Board President Jan Vickers. “His budgets are clear, concise and informative. I can count on accuracy and full disclosure knowing the whole financial picture. In all the programs he oversees LBUSD has shown growth and his leadership is recognized and greatly appreciated.” 

Prior to his work at Laguna Beach Unified, West worked as an independent consultant and auditor to school districts, as well as in school business services roles in West Covina and San Marino Unified School Districts. 

The Laguna Beach Unified School District Board of Education will consider the appointment of an interim assistant superintendent at the Jan 10 school board meeting.

Laguna College of Art and Design’s LCAD Gallery will open “A Sojourn in France” from Jan 19 through Feb 19

College exhibition recollects experience of LCAD Summer Abroad Program in France

Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) announced A Sojourn in France, an exhibition of work on view from Jan 19 through Feb 19, at LCAD Gallery, 374 Ocean Avenue, Laguna Beach, California. The public is welcome to meet the artists at a reception during the Laguna Beach First Thursdays ArtWalk on Feb 2, from 6 to 9 p.m. LCAD Gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The works of art on view will allow viewers to experience the highlights of LCAD’s Summer 2016 Study Abroad Program participants’ visits to many significant and memorable museums, churches, and historical sites such as the Jacquemart-Andre Museum, Monet’s home & gardens at Giverny, Musée D’Art Moderne, Rodin Museum, Louvre, Musee de l’Orangerie, Petit Palace, Musée d’Orsay, Reims Cathedral, Unterlinden Museum, Hospices de Beaune, St. Remy in Arles, Musée Ingres, Mont-Saint-Michel, and many more. 

Exhibiting artists include: David Amaral, Geanna Anstey, Charles Antolin, Donna Ballard, Amy Bergener, Scott Brazee, Judy Derickson, Lani Emanuel, William Havlicek, Jacqueline Inzunza, Jourdan Inzunza, Claire Kairalla, Veronica Khristov, Mary Lippert, Lisa Mansour, Maureen McGinnis, Anne Moore, Hyatt Moore, Brad Neal, Betty Shelton, Rachel Sigal, Deanna Smit, Angelica Spears, Natlie Terenzini, and Pamela Wells.

Thirty-one participants, including students and faculty from LCAD, traveled to Paris, Giverny, Reims, Colmar, Beaune, Arles, and Sarlat between May 28 and June 12 with Professor Betty Shelton and LCAD Art History Professor, Dr. William Havlicek. 

Shelton started LCAD’s Summer Abroad program in 1995 and has been leading students on art study trips to Europe ever since. Havlicek began accompanying Shelton in 2005. Past trips have included Italy, France, Greece, Belgium, Austria, Holland, Czech Republic, England, Ireland, and Germany; and in the summer of 2017 the group will return to Prague and Vienna. 

For more information about LCAD admissions, news, events and Annual Fund, visit Facebook at @LCADBFA, Twitter @LCAD and Instagram @lcadbfa.

LBHS Varsity Winter Sports Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Laguna (9-4) led Woodbridge by 10 points heading into the fourth quarter of the North/ South Challenge at El Toro Thursday afternoon.

Woodbridge outscored the Breakers 28-16 in the final stanza to earn a 65-63 win.

Blake Burzell scored 25 points in the loss.

Boys Soccer

Girls Basketball

Girls Soccer

Girls Water Polo

Laguna had no problems with Los Alamitos Wednesday with a 16-2 win.

Bella Baldridge led the team with five goals and five assists.

Aria Fischer scored four and both Claire Sonne and Sophia Lucas had two goals.

Goalie Thea Walsh had 10 saves.

Coed Surf Team


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