This is as close as we can come to actually singing to our readers on their birthdays! 

We’d love to include yours – and/or your children’s birthdays here.

Just email to:

lynette@stunewslaguna.com

 

Celebrate and enjoy your

birthday!

 

May 23

Denise Puglisi

Jay Strotkamp

Marta Hullihen

Mary Gulino

Millie Herrin

Robb Mitchell

Robert McGraw

Ryan Heimbach

Tommy Kemp

 

May 24

Jenifer Burge

Jordan Kyle

Mandy Flemming

Randy Hunt

Walt Winfield

 

May 25

Cameron Jones

Debra Kubisak

Jack Luster

Kerry Rubel

Michelle Bendetti

 

May 26

Catharine Cooper

Jackie Saffer Miller

Lindsay Smith-Rosales

Mark Meisberger

Regina Hartley

Richard Belyea

Sara Truedson

Vicki Orgill

 

May 27

Jude Hannah

Marcus Sotelo

Suzanne Lilly

 

May 28

Steve Kawaratani

Erica Jones

 

May 29

Bob Earl

Cherish Spalding Craig

Deb Hendrix

Kathryn Mace

Ron Geisman

Sound Spectrum

Faves

 

1. John Mayer, The Search For Everything

2.Thievery Corporation, The Temple Of I & I 

3. Gary Clark Jr., Live North America 

4. Gorillaz, Humanz 

5. Ed Sheeran, Divide 

6. Father John Misty

7. Alison Krauss, Windy City

8. The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Monolith Of Photos

9. Shins, Heartworms

10. Spoon, Hot Thoughts

11. Aimee Mann, Mental Illness

12. Ty Segall, Ty Segall

13. Tedeschi-Truck Band, Live From Oakland

14. Jamiroquai, Automaton

15. Ryan Adams, Prisoner

16. Elbow, Little Fictions

17. Tycho, Epoch

18. The XX, I See You 

19. Depeche Mode, Spirit 

20. Bob Dylan, Triplicate

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Cinderella’s stepmother spills the beans on the new production

Special feature by Carmen Fernandez, LBHS senior

Our cast is thrilled to see all of its hard work come to life when our magical production of “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella” opens this weekend. This show, which is based on the classic fairytale, champions the idea of self-empowerment while throwing in a bit of humor and lots of fun. 

I am a currently a senior at Laguna Beach High School and play the role of the stepmother. I’ve been a part of the drama department since my freshman year. I’m so glad that my last musical performance as a Park Avenue Player will be this production of Cinderella. Not only is the show beautiful both visually and musically; but all of the cast members and directors are incredibly talented. This has culminated in what is likely one of the most stunning shows that the high school has ever produced. 

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Photo credit: Kalani Gee

L-R: Bayley Thomas (King Maximillian); Jordan Burton (Queen Constantina); Hunter Mills (Prince Christopher); and of course, the glass slipper

The cast alone is made up of almost fifty students, comprised of not only high schoolers, but also younger children from the Laguna Beach elementary and middle school. “These kids are just little bundles of joy,” says Jordan Burton, who plays Queen Constantina in the show.  “The age range is from around six to eleven or twelve, and they are so excited.” 

Many of those participating in and working on the show feel that the cast is not only incredibly talented but also has great chemistry. Wyatt Shipp, who plays the Royal Steward agrees, saying that “This has been one of the best casts. They have [been growing] ever since the beginning of the rehearsal process and have really skyrocketed to the top.”

No production of Cinderella would be complete without its beautiful costumes. Much of the magic is a result of the efforts of our costume designer Angela Irish, and her volunteer helpers. “Her costumes, props and set decoration enhance every single aspect of the show, and our audiences will be amazed,” Director Paul Nygro comments.

Though a few of the costumes are rented from other schools, many of them have been donated to the high school’s drama department. From the elegant gown that Cinderella dons when she goes to the ball, to the (purposefully) frumpy outfits the stepsisters wear, the costumes are a vital element that help the actors and audience members immerse themselves in this fantastic world. 

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Photo credit: Kalani Gee

The joyous Cinderella cast (post-slipper-fitting)

What makes many of the musical numbers so impressive is the sheer amount of diversity in choreography. Ellie Glade, who plays the title character in the show, comments, “It’s cool watching some of the scenes where there is choreography with twenty different things happening at once. It makes it look so good as a whole.” 

While some of the cast members were initially tripped up by the famous Cinderella Waltz sequence, many found it gratifying to learn a new style of dance that they previously had known. “Paul relates to us well which is a huge help when we are learning these numbers,” Ava Pacheco, who portrays the stepsister Joy, states. “He knows how to choreograph to fit the abilities of the individuals performing in it.”

Audience members of all ages will be delighted with our gorgeous, hilarious, and poignant production that runs March 17-19, 24 - 26, and 31, as well as April 1 and 2. Friday and Saturday night shows begin at 7 p.m.; Sunday matinees start at 2:30 p.m. in the Artists Theatre at 625 Park Avenue.

Laguna Beach 

Library Events

May

 

Sat, May 20

Children’s Craft Open House

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Seasonal crafts for children under 12, adult supervision recommended.

Poetry Class Workshop

2 – 4 p.m.

Participants should bring 10 copies of a poem they wish to have read and work-shopped.  Each poem will be read by the poet and perhaps by another reader. Participants then respond with emphasis on positive comments and constructive suggestions. Recommended for advanced poets—this is not a workshop for beginners. Meets in the Community Room. Contact John Gardiner @949-715-7507 for more information.

 

Mon, May 22

Third Street Writers Group Ink

10 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Serious writers working on projects (short stories, novels, plays) meet to share feedback and support.  Not a workshop for beginners.  Contact library for more info.

Wed, May 24

Children’s Playtime and Crafts

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

This is an opportunity for parents and caregivers to meet in a comfortable environment where toys and crafts are available. For children 5-years and under.

 

Thurs, May 25

Peapod Academy

Storytime

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

For babies, toddler, and preschoolers (and their adults). Storytime, arts and crafts. No preregistration required.

 

Laguna Beach Library

363 Glenneyre St.

www.ocpl.org

949-497-1733

Laguna Beach Books

Bi-weekly Bestsellers

 

Novels

A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline

The Leavers by Lisa Ko

The Fix by David Baldacci

 

Non-Fiction

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

Shattered by Jonathan Allen & Amie Parnes

 

Children’s Books

Colores de la Vida by Cynthia Weill

The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken

Pete the Cat and the Cool Cat Boogie by Kimberly and James Dean

 

Staff Recommendation

The Assistants by Camille Perri

 

1200 S Coast Hwy

949.494.4779

www.lagunabeachbooks.com

Sawdust Studio Art

The Sawdust Art Festival, in collaboration with Visit Laguna Beach, offers some exciting new classes to the Award-Winning Sawdust Studio Art Classes’ schedule for 2017.

The year-round art education program includes special classes in glass, fused glass, jewelry and ceramics.

Call 494-3030 for information and to reserve a class.

Students may register for all classes online or by calling 494-3030. 

Visit the website at: 

http://www.sawdustartfestival.org/studio-classes

 

Class Schedules

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Friday, May 26

1 p.m.

Oil Painting

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Saturday, May 27

10 a.m.

Basic Soldering

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