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Gallery Q calls for artists for new exhibition, art will be accepted on Thursday

The Susi Q Center’s Gallery Q is holding a call for artists for its new exhibition, “Harmony.” Art will be accepted on Thursday, May 2 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., and from 5 - 7 p.m. Exhibition dates are May 13 through June 28. The Artists’ reception will be held on Friday, May 24 from 5 - 6:30 p.m. 

Orange County artists are invited to submit artwork that explores our society’s diverse perspectives and inspires us to work together to create a better world – “Harmony.”

All media will be accepted for this juried exhibition including collage, paintings, drawings, mixed media, photographs, jewelry, sculptures, textiles, mosaics, relief, or ceramics. 

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Submissions for Gallery Q’s “Harmony” exhibition will be accepted on Thursday

Gallery Q celebrates a creative community and presents up to six shows per year at the Susi Q Center. Many works are for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Laguna Beach Seniors. Gallery Q is always looking for arts-minded volunteers to help with their opening night receptions. 

For more information, visit www.thesusiq.org/gallery-q or call (949) 715-8106.

To apply, visit the Susi Q Center’s front desk for an application.


FOA Artist Rick Graves to present 40-foot long art at foaSOUTH Exhibit

The Festival of Arts is making a splash at the foaSOUTH Gallery this summer with a giant, 40-foot long photography piece taken by 12-year exhibiting artist Rick Graves. 

The display will showcase Grave’s unique photography captured by his custom-built camera system including the three-wall-length piece titled “Hana Highway General Store.” The exhibit is open daily at the foaSOUTH Gallery and runs through September 16. 

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Rick Grave’s 40-foot long wave photo

“It’s truly an honor to be featured at the Festival of Arts’ foaSOUTH exhibit. I’m beyond thrilled to not only display these pieces to the public for the first time ever, but to also offer people the chance to experience what I coined my ‘distacam’ captures,” said Graves. “My DistaCam captures time and space on a 66-inch roll of film allowing an entire roll of film to be used to shoot one single frame of action.”

The concept of Rick Graves’ presentation is to create panoramic images that encompass the entire gallery space. “Hana Highway General Store” gives the viewer a sense of dynamic movement and scale through the uniquely engineered slit-scan process. Graves has been recognized internationally due to his distinctively creative approach to photography. A graduate from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, he has been an exhibitor in the Festival of Arts summer exhibit since 2008.

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Rick Graves in his natural element

“Every time Rick Graves creates an image, it is an experiment in photography, and this exhibit is no exception,” says Sharbie Higuchi, Festival of Arts PR and Marketing Director. “As a longtime Festival of Arts exhibitor, Rick has sparked interest with many of our attendees and we know his showcase at foaSOUTH will help create one of the most exciting displays the exhibit space has ever seen.”

foaSouth is part of an ongoing series of shows that the Festival of Arts is holding at the location year around. The building is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. Admission is free. 

The Festival of Arts is a nonprofit organization whose proceeds support the arts in and about Laguna Beach. For more information call (949) 494-1145 or visit www.lagunafestivalorarts.org.   

The foaSOUTH exhibit is located at 1006 S. Coast Hwy.


FOA Artist Rick Graves to present 40-foot long art at foaSOUTH Exhibit

The Festival of Arts is making a splash at the foaSOUTH Gallery this summer with a giant, 40-foot long photography piece taken by 12-year exhibiting artist Rick Graves. 

The display will showcase Grave’s unique photography captured by his custom-built camera system including the three-wall-length piece titled “Hana Highway General Store.” The exhibit is open daily at the foaSOUTH Gallery and runs April 22 through September 16. 

FOA Artist wave

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Photo by Rick Graves

Rick Grave’s 40-foot long wave photo

“It’s truly an honor to be featured at the Festival of Arts’ foaSOUTH exhibit. I’m beyond thrilled to not only display these pieces to the public for the first time ever, but to also offer people the chance to experience what I coined my ‘distacam’ captures,” said Graves. “My DistaCam captures time and space on a 66-inch roll of film allowing an entire roll of film to be used to shoot one single frame of action.”

The concept of Rick Graves’ presentation is to create panoramic images that encompass the entire gallery space. “Hana Highway General Store” gives the viewer a sense of dynamic movement and scale through the uniquely engineered slit-scan process. Graves has been recognized internationally due to his distinctively creative approach to photography. A graduate from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, he has been an exhibitor in the Festival of Arts summer exhibit since 2008.

FOA artist camera

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Rick Graves in his natural element

“Every time Rick Graves creates an image, it is an experiment in photography, and this exhibit is no exception,” says Sharbie Higuchi, Festival of Arts PR and Marketing Director. “As a longtime Festival of Arts exhibitor, Rick has sparked interest with many of our attendees and we know his showcase at foaSOUTH will help create one of the most exciting displays the exhibit space has ever seen.”

foaSouth is part of an ongoing series of shows that the Festival of Arts is holding at the location year around. The building is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. Admission is free. 

The Festival of Arts is a nonprofit organization whose proceeds support the arts in and about Laguna Beach. For more information call (949) 494-1145 or visit www.lagunafestivalorarts.org.   

The foaSOUTH exhibit is located at 1006 S. Coast Hwy.


Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre presents Ken Ludwig’s Treasure Island

Laguna Playhouse presents its Youth Theatre production of Treasure Island, opening April 27. Donna Inglima directs the production, with Fight Choreography by Jo Ann Mendelson. 

Treasure Island is the classic tale of pirates and buried gold. Told through the eyes of young Jim Hawkins, the play travels back to 1775 England and the West Indies. It’s an unforgettable adventure with Long John Silver and a band of pirates who will do anything to recover Captain Flint’s map and the treasure.

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The Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre will perform Treasure Island 

Performances are Saturday April 27 and Sunday, April 28 at 1 and 6 p.m.; Thursday, May 2 at 7 p.m.; Friday May 3 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, May 4 at 1 and 6 p.m.; and Sunday, May 5 at 1 and 6 p.m. at the Laguna Playhouse Moulton Theatre. 

Tickets range from $18 - $25 and can be purchased online at www.lagunaplayhouse.com or by calling (949) 497-ARTS (2787). 

Group discounts are available by calling (949) 497-2787 ext. 229. Prices are subject to change.     

The box office is open Mondays - Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (open until show time on performance days).

The Laguna Playhouse Moulton Theatre is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Rd.


Avenue Q brings fun and frivolity to No Square Theatre for performances beginning May 10

For older teens and adults, Avenue Q will be a rollicking good time and includes puppets and lots of humor. The 2004 Tony Award Triple Crown winner (Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book) Avenue Q is the funny and touching story of a starry-eyed college grad named Princeton in New York with big dreams and little money. Although he can only afford to live on Avenue Q, he lands in an intriguing neighborhood full of funny characters. 

Avenue Q has music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, and is based on a book by Jeff Whitty and an original concept by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx. The story, complete with puppets and plenty of humor, follows a group of young adults seeking their purpose in big city life.

Avenue Q comes to No Square Theatre directed by Joe Lauderdale, with music directed by Roxanna Ward, and with the puppetry skills of Puppet Master McKay Mangum teaching the talented singers and actors how to maneuver their alter-egos, the puppets. The cast includes Eileen Goodwin, Ella Wyatt, Eric Anderson, Gloria Henderson, Jonathan Haidl, Richard Kilgo II, and Sarah Loya.

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Eric T. Anderson rehearses with his (un-costumed) puppet

With all those adorable puppets, is Avenue Q appropriate for kids? Adults love Avenue Q, but they seem a little fuzzy on whether it’s appropriate for kids. Avenue Q is great for teenagers because it’s about real life. It may not be appropriate for young children because Avenue Q addresses issues like sex, drinking, and surfing the web for porn. It’s hard to say what exact age is right to see Avenue Q – parents should use their discretion based on the maturity level of their children. But No Square promises that if parents bring their teenagers to Avenue Q, they’ll think you’re really cool.

Performances are on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings, May 10-26. Performances on May 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25 are at 7:30 p.m., and on May 19 and 26 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at www.nosquare.org for $25 and $35. 

Other upcoming No Square productions include: Bugsy Malone, July 18-21; Heathers, July 26-Aug 4; My Midlife Crisis, Sept 15; and Hilarious, Sept 22. 

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“Avenue Q” cast: (L-R) Richard Kilgo II, Gloria Henderson, Eric T. Anderson, Eileen Goodwin (center), Sarah Loya (partially covered in the back), Ella Wyatt, Jonathan Haidl,) and un-costumed puppets rehearse

No Square Theatre is generously sponsored by the Lodging Establishments and City of Laguna Beach, Yvonne & John Browning, Dorene and Lee Butler Family Foundation, Patrick Quilter, and FOA Foundation, with additional support from Stella Charton in Memory of Lloyd Charton, Ann & Charlie Quilter in Honor of Joe Lauderdale, Patrick Quilter/Quilter Labs, Dr. Korey Jorgensen/Jorgensen Family Charitable Gift Fund, William, Jeff, & Jennifer Gross Family Foundation, Laguna Beach Board of Realtors Charitable Assistance Fund, Vicki & Steve McIntosh and the Hall Family Foundation, Nolet Spirits USA, Chris Quilter, Nina & Larry Ragle, and Mark Brisley DDS.

No Square Theatre is located in Historic Legion Hall, 384 Legion St, two blocks south of Laguna Beach High School, which has ample free parking. Seating is extremely limited and the theatre has enjoyed a long run of sold-out events, so tickets must be purchased in advance. Drinks and refreshments are available for purchase.

For additional information on events, auditions, classes, and to purchase tickets, visit www.nosquare.org.


Kate Buckley, poet and artist, announces two events

On Saturday, April 27, Huit Laguna presents an Art Showing of Kate Buckley’s The Sea & Stars Collection, conceived and created in Laguna Beach. The event will run from 2 - 6 p.m. Champagne and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Books will be available for purchase as well. 

Huit Laguna is located at 1492 S Coast Hwy.

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One of Kate Buckley’s paintings in her “Sea & Stars Collection”

Then on Wednesday, May 1, Kate will join poets Karina Byrne and Jodi Hollander for a book signing at Laguna Beach Books. The event begins at 6 p.m. and concludes at 7:30. 

Laguna Beach Books is located at 1200 S Coast Hwy.


David Victor, formerly of Boston, brings the hits of Boston and more to Mozambique on May 4

As a former vocalist/guitarist for the multi-platinum band Boston, David Victor performed on back-to-back North American tours and recorded a #1 charting classic rock single, “Heaven on Earth.”

Now forging his own path with his latest project, “David Victor formerly of Boston,” the versatile singer is bringing his passion-fueled performance to Mozambique on Saturday, May 4 with an evening of classic rock favorites and new original songs.

David Victor formerly of Boston (previously known as “Styx”) performs all the greatest hits of Boston including “More Than a Feeling,” “Peace of Mind,” and “Foreplay/Long Time.” The band also features spotlight performances of music that influenced the band members’ careers, and for the first time ever, original music written by Victor and the band.

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David Victor

“There are five songwriters in this band and a wealth of production talent. I’ve produced three albums of original music. As performers, we see what audiences respond to. Our audience has requested originals from us for years, and we’re gonna do it this year. New music is the lifeblood of any band,” said Victor.

The band features a spectacular lineup. Drummer Glenn Jost wields a fearsome rhythmic hammer and an operatic voice. Guitarist Roby Duron embodies musicality, style, and showmanship. Bassist Manny Aguirre handles complex melodic lines with groove and dexterity, and guitarist/keyboardist Victor Bender moves easily from dizzying keyboard arrangements to blistering rhythms on guitar. All band members sing and perform a spotlight song on lead vocals. 

David Victor joined Boston to record in 2010 and performed on their 2012 and 2014 North American tours. He also appeared at the “Boston Strong” benefit for the Boston Marathon bombing victims. During Boston shows, Victor sang hits including “Peace of Mind,” “More Than A Feeling,” and Boston’s other #1 single from 1986, “Amanda.”

For more information about David Victor Formerly of Boston, visit www.davidvictorpresents.com.

Mozambique is located at 1740 S Coast Hwy.

Visit www.mozambiqueoc.com for more information.


First LagunaPalooza Concert will feature American Idol’s Andrew Bloom & raise money for great causes

The first-ever LagunaPalooza Concert for Charity, featuring American Idol contestant Andrew Bloom, will raise money for Waymakers Laguna Beach Youth Shelter and the National 9-99 Police and Sheriff Foundation.

The concert takes place on Saturday, May 25, from 4 - 11 p.m. at HotelSeven4one in Laguna, and will include an open bar, gourmet cuisine, silent auction items, and other special entertainment to raise funds for the two worthy causes.

The 9-99 Foundation, which organized the event, is thrilled that Andrew Bloom will be headlining the show. Bloom, a pop and R&B guitarist and vocalist, counts among his influences Allen Stone, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and John Mayer. He was just 17 years old when he was a contestant on American Idol Season 14. (He is now 21.)

With an emphasis on resolving the crisis and providing long-term stability, Waymakers works with families and leverages community resources to create healthier situations at home. Waymakers Youth Shelters have touched more than 13,457 family members and served more than 5,317 at-risk Orange County youth since opening in 1979.

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American Idol contestant Andrew Bloom

The National 9-99 Police and Sheriff Foundation assists the law enforcement officers who put themselves in harm’s way to protect our community. Their bravery brings great sacrifices of career-ending injuries, post-traumatic stress, and line of duty deaths. The 9-99 Foundation is there for these heroes when they need it most, providing support, guidance, and relief to injured law enforcement officers and their families through financial aid and mental health.

The 9-99 Foundation Grant Recipient Justin Ellis is just one example of the wonderful work that the Foundation does to help law enforcement personnel.

“Thanks to the donation from the 9-99 Foundation, I was able to complete four physical therapy training sessions at REACT. These are two-hour sessions where I worked with two different trainers who pushed me towards a goal. Mine was to stand in my leg braces and build up my endurance & strength,” Ellis says.

“Due to me pushing myself and having this money to make these sessions happen, for the first time in two years I was able to stand without a walker in my leg braces for our family Christmas photos. This was an incredible experience for me, and for both my children and wife to see me stand after it being so long since I last stood. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

There are several opportunities for Lagunans to make a difference in the lives of local youth and law enforcement heroes. Tickets to attend the event can be purchased online for $150. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. The event organizers also appreciate donations and silent auction items. Donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 11683, Newport Beach, CA 92658 and checks made payable to The 9-99 Foundation.

For more information, visit www.lagunapalooza.org.


Laguna Dance Festival celebrates 15th season, announces fall festival September 27-29

Laguna Dance Festival has announced its 15th season, presenting a trio of performances September 27-29 by the Parsons Dance Company from New York City, RUBBERBANDance Group from Montreal, and Ballet West from Salt Lake City, hosted by the 750-seat Irvine Barclay Theatre.

“We’re excited to present three acclaimed dance companies, hosted at the Irvine Barclay Theatre,” said founder and artistic director Jodie Gates. As for the change of venue, she said, “We have long enjoyed a warm, mutually beneficial relationship with the Laguna Playhouse. As a result of the Playhouse’s success and expanded programming, fewer dates exist on their booking calendar in the fall months, and we were unable to receive a confirmation in time to announce our festival.”

 “The upside is the opportunity to expose more Orange County arts lovers to our performances and mission, and the Irvine Barclay Theatre is an exceptional dance house. We are still all about our hometown, Laguna Beach, and are looking at the 2020 season with new partnerships and exciting collaborations. We have also confirmed performances in unconventional venues such as Neighborhood Congregational Church’s Bridge Hall, where Colombia’s Sankofa Danzafro performed in October to a delighted audience.”

Jerry Mandel, president of the Irvine Barclay Theatre, said, “We are thrilled to be able to host the Laguna Dance Festival for its 15th anniversary performances. Jodie Gates has built something truly special for the community and it is the perfect complement to what we do with our dance series, Dance@theBarclay. 

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Parsons Dance Company performers

Parsons Dance is a contemporary company, internationally renowned for its energized, athletic ensemble work. The New York Times called artistic director David Parsons “one of the great movers of modern dance” and noted of his company “this is a ‘dance your heart out’ (at all times, no excuses) kind of enterprise.” 

Parsons and Tony Award-winning lighting designer Howell Binkley founded the company in 1985. It has toured to more than 30 countries and five continents. Laguna Dance Festival brought Parsons Dance to Laguna Beach in 2008 and 2013 to perform “Caught,” Parsons’ signature work. Leaping more than 100 times in six minutes, a high-powered soloist appears to never touch the ground as a precisely timed strobe light catches the dancer in midair. 

“Caught” will once again be performed at the Laguna Dance Festival on September 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m.

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RUBBERBANDance performing Vic’s Mix

RUBBERBANDance Group is an exciting Montreal-based company exploring the fusion of contemporary ballet and hip-hop. The company was founded in 2002 by choreographer Victor Quijada, a Los Angeles native. To describe the company’s style, The Guardian wrote, “Super-stretched jumps morph into crouching rolls; top-rocking footwork muscles in on high stepping bourrées; and below the movement’s surface, silky classical phrasing is worked into the choppy rhythms of street dance. The result is a unique dynamic that›s both tough and elastic…true to their name, the group›s performers move together as if connected like a rubber band.”

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Ballet West Soloist Katlyn Addison and Artist Hadriel Diniz in Africa Guzmán’s “Sweet and Bitter”

Ballet West was established in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1963, and has since toured the world to present its remarkable repertoire, including works by renowned contemporary choreographers such as Jiří Kylián, Mark Morris, and Twyla Tharp. Under the guidance of artistic director Adam Sklute, Ballet West also preserves its American classical ballet legacy. Barclay audiences will see Africa Guzmán’s “Sweet and Bitter,” which received excellent reviews at New York’s Joyce Theater and as a world premiere at the National Choreographic Festival in Salt Lake City.

In addition to the Irvine Barclay Theatre performances, the 2019-20 Laguna Dance Festival will include its signature educational programs, a summer intensive dancer training June 24-28, a master class series, a free summer show at the Festival of Arts, free First Thursdays ArtWalk performances, and a Nov. 2 Merce Cunningham centennial celebration in collaboration with the Laguna Art Museum. Not to be missed is a lecture demonstration by New Zealand’s outstanding contemporary dance company, Black Grace, on Sunday, Nov 10.

Laguna Dance Festival’s annual Spring Soirée gala is set for Friday, May 17 at [seven-degrees] in Laguna Beach, a benefit that traditionally includes a dazzling, close-up dance display by professionals as well as students from the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, where founder Gates is vice dean and professor.

Laguna Dance Festival, celebrating its 15th season, is one of Orange County’s major annual cultural events and continues to be an important showcase for new and established dance companies and artists. Its mission is to present world-class dance performance, increase public appreciation for the art, and provide quality dance education.   

2019 Laguna Dance Festival Schedule

--Thursday, May 2 – First Thursdays ArtWalk at Laguna Art Museum

--Friday, May 17 – Annual Spring Soirée at [seven-degrees] with live dance performances

--June 24-28 – Weeklong Summer Dance Intensive at Laguna Beach High School with choreographers Jodie Gates, Arden Flint, and Saleemah Knight

--Date TBA – Festival of Arts Summer Sunday Performance – free outdoor public dance performance

--Thursday, Sept 5 – First Thursdays ArtWalk at Laguna Art Museum

--Friday, Sept 27 at 7:30 p.m. – New York-based Parsons Dance Company at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. Pre-show talk at 6:30 p.m.

--Saturday, Sept 28 – Educational dance workshop by Parsons Dance Company, Laguna Beach High School

--Saturday, Sept 28 at 7:30 p.m. – Parsons Dance Company, RUBBERBANDance Group, and Ballet West, at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. Combined program of excerpts from respective repertoires.

--Sunday, Sept 29 at 2 p.m. – RUBBERBANDance at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. Pre-show talk at 1 p.m. Master class by the company at 10 a.m.

--Saturday, Nov. 2 – Film screening and live dance for the Merce Cunningham Centennial Celebration

--Sunday, Nov 10 – Lecture demonstration by Black Grace from New Zealand, drawing on Maori and Pacific Islander dance, modern, and hip-hop. Neighborhood Congregational Church is located at 340 St. Ann’s Dr.

For more information, visit www.lagunadancefestival.com.


No Square Theatre announces Bugsy Malone casting call for actor’s ages 6-18

Auditions will begin at No Square Theatre on Saturday, April 27 for Bugsy Malone, the pint-sized, pinstriped, tongue-in-cheek tribute to the gangster films of the roaring twenties. Singers, actors, dancers, and tappers ages 6-18 are welcome to audition. 

Music and lyrics are by Paul Williams, based on a book by Alan Parker. A slapstick musical comedy, it spoofs the story of legendary gangster Bugsy Malone. The show was created to be cast entirely with young people. Now-famous Catherine Zeta-Jones played the lead role of Tallulah in a professional production of Bugsy Malone in England when she was 14. 

The No Square production will be directed by Ella Wyatt, with music direction by Susan Thoren and choreography by Rylee Bullington. As with all No Square shows, costumes will be designed by the amazing Brigitte Harper. 

Auditions are by appointment only. To make an appointment and for complete information on how to audition, what to prepare, required forms, and a complete character breakdown, visit www.nosquare.org/bugsy-malone-auditions.html

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No Square Theatre seeks youngsters for “Bugsy Malone” production

On April 27, auditions start at 9:30 a.m. Callbacks will take place on Sunday, April 28 at 12 p.m. Rehearsals begin around May 13, and will be late afternoon-early evening or weekends until school is out. After school is out, rehearsals will be during morning-afternoon hours. Performances will be held on Fridays/Saturdays, July 12, 13, 19 and 20, at 7 p.m., and on Sundays, July 14 and 21, at 2 p.m. 

No Square Theatre is a nonprofit, community theater. There is no charge to participate and there is no pay.

No Square Theatre is generously supported by The Lodging Establishments and City of Laguna Beach, The City of Laguna Beach, Yvonne & John Browning, Dorene and Lee Butler Family Foundation, Patrick Quilter, and FOA Foundation, with additional support from Stella Charton in Memory of Lloyd Charton, Ann & Charlie Quilter in Honor of Joe Lauderdale, Patrick Quilter/Quilter Labs, Dr. Korey Jorgensen/Jorgensen Family Charitable Gift Fund, William, Jeff, & Jennifer Gross Family Foundation, Laguna Board of REALTORS® Charitable Assistance Fund, Vicki & Steve McIntosh and the Hall Family Foundation, Nolet Spirits USA, Chris Quilter, Nina & Larry Ragle, and Mark Brisley DDS. 

For additional information on events, auditions, classes, and to purchase tickets, visit www.nosquare.org

No Square Theatre is located at 384 Legion St.

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