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End Of The Rainbow opens at Laguna Playhouse this weekend

Laguna Playhouse presents the second show in its 98th season, Angela Ingersoll starring as Judy Garland in the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts/McCoy Rigby Entertainment production of the critically acclaimed End of The Rainbow. The show previews on Wednesday, Aug 8 at 7:30 p.m.; opens on Sunday, Aug 12 at 5:30 p.m.; and runs through Sunday, Sept 2. It is recommended for audiences 12 and older.

End of The Rainbow was written by Peter Quilter, with musical direction by Jon Steinhagen, and directed by Ovation Award winner Michael Matthews. 

Executive Director Ellen Richard comments, “Angela Ingersoll gives one of the most stunning and heartbreaking performances you will ever see as Judy Garland in her final days. It’s simply a tour-de-force performance that is not to be missed.” 

Adds Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham, “We are honored to be presenting this extraordinary production under the exquisite direction of the incomparable Michael Matthews at our theatre.”

Angela Ingersoll’s “powerful, breathtaking performance” (Broadway World) as Judy Garland takes the audience back to December 1968 when Garland is about to make her comeback….again. 

Featuring some of Garland’s most memorable songs, “You Made Me Love You (I Didn’t Want To Do it),” “For Me And My Gal,” “The Trolley Song,” ”The Man That Got Away,” and, of course, “Over the Rainbow,” this savagely funny play offers a unique insight into the inner conflict that inspired and consumed one of America’s most beloved figures.

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Angela Ingersoll is Judy Garland in End of the Rainbow, previewing at Laguna Playhouse on Wednesday and opening to the public on Sunday 

Michael Matthews has directed many productions at Laguna Playhouse, such as The Graduate and Twelve Angry men, as well as in theatres all over the country. He has received many nominations and awards, including for Very Still and Hard To See (LA Weekly Nominations Best Director and Best Production, Play; World Premiere), The Color Purple, and The Musical (Ovation and LA Weekly Awards Best Director and Best Production, Musical), to name a few. Matthews is the recipient of the 2015 LADCC Award for Career Achievement in Direction and was nominated for Artist of the Year by the Laguna Beach Arts Alliance in 2018.

Playwright Peter Quilter’s plays have been produced in 40 countries around the world and translated into 30 languages. He has had three successful shows in London’s West End, a hit run on Broadway, and has twice been nominated for the Olivier Award, for Best New Play and Best New Comedy. End of The Rainbow had its world premiere at the iconic Sydney Opera House in Australia in 2005. The show ran for 176 performances at the Belasco Theatre, had a rave review in the New York Times, and received three Tony Award nominations. 

Jon Steinhagen (Musical Director/Anthony) is thrilled to be making his Laguna Playhouse debut; he previously appeared in the role in the Porchlight Music Theatre and McCoy Rigby Entertainment (at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts) productions. Steinhagen has received four Joseph Jefferson Awards and 11 nominations for his work in Chicago theater. 

He is an alumni Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists and a member of the Dramatists Guild. His numerous plays and musicals have been produced nationally and in the UK. He has authored a collection of stories, The Big Book of Sounds, and a forthcoming novel, The Hanging Artist.

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End of The Rainbow runs through September 2

Angela Ingersoll (Judy Garland) garnered Chicago’s Jeff Award nomination, a Time Out Chicago Award nomination, and “Top Performances of the Year” honors from both Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times for her star turn as Judy Garland at Porchlight Music Theatre. A recipient of numerous awards and nominations, her theatre credits are vast and nationwide. 

Ingersoll and husband Michael produce the Artists Lounge Live concert series. Her many national concert credits include recently partnering with Garland’s son for Joey Luft and Angela Ingersoll in Celebrate Judy Garland. Ingersoll also stars in in her filmed concert Judy Garland: Come Rain or Come Shine, coming soon to Public Television. 

The cast of End of The Rainbow will also feature (in alphabetical order) Zachary Ford and Nicholas Mongiardo-Cooper.

The Design Team is as follows: Scenic Design by Stephen Gifford; Lighting Design by Steven Young; Sound Design by Josh Bessom; Original Costume Design at Porchlight Music Theatre Chicago by Bill Morey & Props Design by Terry Hanrahan. Casting is by Julia Flores, and the Production Stage Manager is John W. Calder III.

The season is generously underwritten by The Hale Family.

End of The Rainbow performances (after the preview on August 8 and opening on August 12) will be Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday and Saturday at 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday at 1 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. There will no performance on Thursday, Aug 16 or Thursday, Aug 30 at 2 p.m.; Tuesday, Aug 21 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Aug 18 at 2 p.m. or Sunday, Aug 26 at 5:30 p.m. 

Tickets range from $75 - $105 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 subject to change.    

The box office is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (open until showtime on performance days); and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Rd.

For more information on all shows and programming, visit website www.lagunaplayhouse.com.


Laguna Dance Festival: four exciting performances on an intimate stage October 4 - 7

As part of the Laguna Dance Festival’s 14th annual summer and fall program, the organization will bring to the local stage a variety of stunning dance performances between October 4 - 7 as well as two master classes. The program will also include a free backstage peek with Complexions, a one-night-only Bowie tribute, featuring international dance stars in their prime.

Prior to those dates, there will be two free performances at the Festival of Arts grounds on July 29 and August 26, and then a bonus show by an athletic Afro-Colombian contemporary troupe on October 25 at Neighborhood Congregational Church’s Bridge Hall.

Introducing the onstage festival on Thursday, Oct 4 at 7 p.m. is a free dance experience dubbed Backstage with Complexions, offering a unique opportunity for audiences to observe the rehearsal process, speak directly with performers, and gain a deeper understanding of the dances being performed during the Festival. In an onstage demonstration, the Director will work with star dancers from Complexions Contemporary Ballet, leading them through a live rehearsal.

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Laguna Beach native Skylar Campbell, a principal dancer with National Ballet of Canada, will return to his hometown to appear in Laguna Dance Festival’s “Stars of Dance” performances October 6 & 7 

On Friday, October 5 – one night only – Laguna Beach audiences will experience the brilliance of David Bowie with StarDust, Complexions Contemporary Ballet’s dance tribute to the late rock icon. This production will feature the rhythms, personas and musical drama of nine Bowie songs including “Changes,” “Rock and Roll Suicide,” “Heroes” and “Space Oddity.” StarDust takes the genre-crossing, gender-bending, boundary-breaking music of Bowie and translates it into powerful, poignant movement to create a tribute to his restless artistic invention.

StarDust made its West Coast premiere at the Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on April 20. Included in the evening program are excerpts from Complexions’ contemporary repertory. Complexions Contemporary Ballet, founded in 1994 by master choreographers Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, mixes methods, styles and cultures to create groundbreaking movement.

Audiences will have the unique opportunity to see current and future stars share the stage in one spectacular program at the Stars of Dance shows on Saturday, Oct 6 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct 7, at 2 p.m. Onstage in dazzling duets and solos will be principal ballerina and Breaking Pointe TV reality series star Beckanne Sisk and soloist Chase O’Connell of Ballet West, Laguna Beach native Skylar Campbell and Jordana Daumec of National Ballet of Canada, and Dores Andre and Joseph Walsh of San Francisco Ballet.

Complexions Contemporary Ballet will perform excerpts by choreographer Dwight Rhoden, and America’s Got Talent finalist DIAVOLO/Architecture in Motion will present Knockturne by director/choreographer Jacques Heim. In addition, dancers from USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance’s inaugural BFA class will perform a variety of works choreographed by Barak Marshall, Aszure Barton and Laguna Dance Festival founder and artistic director Jodie Gates.

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Terk Waters of Complexions Contemporary Ballet will appear in the single performance of “StarDust,” a moving tribute to David Bowie on October 5, part of the Laguna Dance Festival

The festival’s four onstage performances will be held at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road. Tickets are on sale now at www.lagunadancefestival.org and will go on sale August 6 at Laguna Playhouse.

In addition to these shows, the Laguna Dance Festival will present free public dance performances by Entity Contemporary Dance and Contra Tiempo, both based in Los Angeles, on Sunday, July 29 and Sunday, August 26 at 1 and 2 p.m. at the Festival of Arts grounds’ outdoor stage. 

Entity, directed by Will Johnston and Marissa Osato, is a professional contemporary dance company that interweaves modern, jazz, and hip hop dance techniques to present dynamic repertory that explores the depths of human emotionality and connectivity. Contra Tiempo Urban Latin Dance Theater, founded in 2005 and directed by Ana Maria Alvarez, is rooted in salsa and Afro-Cuban movement and draws from hip-hop and contemporary dance theater. Contra Tiempo’s dancers create an invigorating blend of physically intense performance that pushes the boundaries of Latin dance as an expressive cultural and contemporary form.

Laguna Dance Festival, now in its 14th year, is regarded as 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. Visit www.lagunadancefestival.org for more information.


Artists and creatives get the chance to express their opinions in a survey aimed to make a difference

A survey to assist in an effort to ensure affordable creative working and living spaces for artists in Laguna Beach has just been launched by the City, which is leading the feasibility study phase of this initiative and has engaged Artspace, a national nonprofit, as a consulting partner.

The idea is to develop policies and programs that offer artists the opportunity of long-term affordable creative space, said Sian Poeschl, Laguna’s cultural arts manager.

“It is vitally important to get the greatest amount of participation in this survey in order for Artspace to be able to provide our community with broad based ideas and programs for affordable artist space. Artists’ input is part of forming that recommendation and looking towards our arts future,” Poeschl added.

One path could be new workspace and another, new initiatives that help artists remain in existing spaces that do not currently comply with local regulation and/or may require capital improvements. Housing-only, live/work, work/live and studio or creative work-only spaces in Laguna Beach, combine to form the focus of this study. 

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Laguna Beach needs plenty of affordable spaces for artists to create

Survey responses will influence the types of policies, spaces and programs that will be considered and prioritized in an effort to address the affordable space needs of Laguna Beach’s creative sector.

The City notes, “We are interested in the individual space needs of all self-identified artists and creatives, and those sharing and preserving their cultural traditions, who have a sincere commitment to their art, creative and cultural work in any and all of its forms. If you consider your work to be a form of art or creative expression, then we probably will, too.

“Individuals need not make any income from their art or creative work or pursue their practice full time. We consider individuals to have a commitment to their art, cultural or creative work if they have or are developing a body of work, have studied or are actively training in their art/cultural/creative work, have a desire to grow as an artist or work professionally in their field and/or are actively engaged in the creation and expression of their art.”

How the survey evolved

At the request of City of Laguna Beach’s leadership, Artspace held a series of community meetings in August 2017 to elicit feedback and gauge interest in new creative space. Resulting recommendations to test further included a series of options ranging from new, small scale artist housing projects to a non-residential art center, to addressing zoning and density regulations that negatively impact the feasibility of long-term affordable creative spaces in Laguna Beach. 

This survey is the next critical phase of this work.

Contributing toward the next set of recommendations

The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. It is best viewed on a computer, laptop or other device with a large screen. 

If you are an artist or a creative, just click on this link to participate: www.artspace.org/CreativeSpaceLaguna.

The deadline to complete the survey is September 14.

Please note, the City advises that this survey is for research purposes only. Your responses will be maintained as anonymous and if you choose to provide your contact information for future updates or to be entered into the drawing for a $200 gift certificate, it will not be shared with other organizations.

Please forward this survey link to your friends and colleagues and share it in your social networks. A large response will provide the most useful information! 

If you have difficulty taking the survey, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Tom Petty Tribute Band will rock locals at MIP

Music in the Park at Bluebird, a locals’ favorite for 35 years and counting, will feature the sounds of the late, great Tom Petty this Sunday, August 12, from 5 to 7 p.m., with “Room at the Top,” a Petty tribute. Residents are encouraged to bring a picnic and low-back chair so as not to block others’ view of the band. No dogs, umbrellas or smoking are allowed. Having fun, dancing, socializing, and dining picnic style are all allowed.

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Good times, get ready to rock and roll Sunday at Bluebird Park with “Room at the Top,” a top Tom Petty tribute band that will keep Lagunans on their feet

According to www.wendoevents.com, “Room at the Top” is tops.

“There are tributes and then there are recreations that are incredibly lifelike. When it comes to the music of Tom Petty there is one band that recreates like no other – one band that rises to the “Room at the Top.” Some of Los Angeles’ finest world-class musicians have been assembled in “Room at the Top” – the world’s greatest tribute to Tom Petty’s music,” states the website.

Look forward to rocking and rolling to Petty’s greatest hits this Sunday at Bluebird.


Jazz Seminar offered this fall by Laguna Beach Live!

Laguna Beach Live!, which presents live classical music and jazz year-round, will host a three-part seminar “All About That Jazz” on understanding jazz. The series begins on Tuesday, Sept 18 and continues on Tuesday, Oct 2 and 16 at Mozambique.

Noted jazz instructors and performers will lead the seminars, including Steve Wade, Music and Jazz Director, Laguna Beach School District and Joey Sellers, Director of Jazz Studies at Saddleback College.

“This will be an exciting experience for jazz fans and pros alike,” said Cindy Prewitt, President of Laguna Beach Live! “The series will weave live demonstrations into explanations of jazz technique and history. Our instructors will unlock the mystery behind the amazing interaction that takes place between musicians on stage.” 

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Bijon Watson playing at [seven-degrees] during Summer Jazz Series

The series costs $90, and will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Food and beverage at Mozambique will be available from 5 to 6 p.m. at happy hour pricing. Enrollment is limited.

The goal of Laguna Beach Live! (LBL) is to continually increase the quality and number of professional live performances in the city throughout the year and to offer educational programs to promote the appreciation of music for the enjoyment and education of residents, especially students. LBL believes increased cultural activities will enrich the lives of all who attend these events and have a positive economic impact on the city.

To enroll in the series, go to www.lagunabeachlive.org or call (800) 595-4849.

Mozambique is located at 1740 S Coast Hwy.


Debut of local artist Dominica Fusaro lights up the night with exuberant colors, cocktails, and canapes 

Story by AMY ANDERSON

Photos by Leigh Ann Rowe

Laguna Beach was especially bright last Saturday at the Mermaid Building, with the debut show of local artist Dominica Fusaro. More than 150 guests in attendance were treated to an evening of sparkling lights, twinkling sequins and time with the artist. 

With 12 oversized canvases imbued with abstract designs adorned with sequins, the artist’s signature in this series, the evening was complemented with custom cocktails courtesy of local Laguna Beach bartender Adam Bernstein, and passed hors d’oeuvres by Plums Cafe.

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Adam Bernstein serves up custom cocktails at Dominica Fusaro’s debut

Exuberant color is at the heart of Dominica’s work and it was reflected throughout every detail of the evening. From the colored orbs of sparkling light to the flamingo pink custom napkins emblazoned with “Paint Your Dreams,” the evening was alive with pinks, blues and light that dazzled. 

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Dominica’s work inspired by exuberant color

Dominica’s work is inspired by her love of color, pattern and textiles and she is heavily inspired by her worldwide travel as a diver on an international scale. A native of Cincinnati but a graduate of the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Fine Arts, Dominica continues to work and paint in Costa Mesa. 

For more information about Dominica and her work, visit www.DominicaDesign.com.


Festival Runway Fashion Show returns on Sunday, August 19: creativity, innovation, glamor and more 

On Saturday, August 19, the Festival of Arts will hold its annual Festival Runway Fashion Show from noon to 3 p.m. Highlighting creativity, sustainability and innovation, the Festival Runway Fashion Show has grown in popularity year after year. Now in its tenth year, the competition is more exciting than ever as Festival artists compete to win the top prize.

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Competing in this show “where fashion meets art” are Festival exhibitors Richard Bohn, Carla Bosch, Antje Campbell, Kate Cohen, Brad Elsberry, Carolyn Johnson, Elizabeth McGhee, Adam Neeley, and Kirsten Whalen. Utilizing reclaimed, reused or recycled material, each artist is encouraged to wow the judges with their talent and originality.

The Festival Runway Fashion Show offers cash prizes of $1,000 in four categories: Most Creative Concept, Most Exciting ensemble inspired by Pageant of the Masters theme “Under the Sun,” Most Innovative Use of Materials, and Most Glamorous & Elegant “Red Carpet” worthy creation. There will also be a “People’s Choice Award” to be voted on at the event.

The fashion show will be hosted by KTTV FOX11’s Entertainment Reporter Amanda Salas. She has been covering red carpets and award shows for over 10 years for Hollywood Today Live and the Orange County Register before joining the FOX11 team in 2017. Selecting the winners will be a panel of judges including Radar Online Entertainment Editor Alexis Tereszcuk, OK! Magazine Associate Publisher Shelley Fariello, LACMA Curator of Costumes and Textiles Kaye Spilker, costume designer Alex Jaeger, and film production designer Nelson Coates.

“The Festival Runway Fashion Show is one of the most popular events of the summer,” said Susan Davis, director of special events for the Festival of Arts. “The artists put so much effort and ingenuity into crafting these stunning one-of-a-kind runway looks. It’s not to be missed!”


Sawdust Artists’ Benevolence Fund Auction Sunday

Sawdust Art & Craft Festival will host the 32nd Annual Benevolence Fund Auction this Sunday, Aug 12. The Sawdust Artists’ Benevolence Fund is a source of financial assistance for artists in Laguna Beach who have suffered a catastrophic event, leaving them unable to work. A silent auction will be held at the festival’s Healy House at 10 a.m. followed by a live auction on the main deck, beginning at 1 p.m.

The auction will feature an exciting selection of art created by Sawdust artists, including paintings, mixed media, ceramics, jewelry, clothing, photography, and more. These artists have generously donated their work with the goal of raising funds for fellow artists in times of need. 

Professional auctioneer Tony DeZao, who will be presiding over the live auction, is sure to pack the experience with lots of laughs and entertaining stories.

“Over the years, our art auction has raised over $150,000. It’s encouraging to see how much our community of art patrons values local artists,” said Monica Prado, president of the Artists’ Benevolence Fund board of trustees.

This year the auction will spotlight a guest artist from Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. “Our auction will be highlighting a beautiful mural by Puerto Rican artist, Jwan Perez-Ramos,” said trustee Jay Grant. “Ramos is the Sawdust Art Festival’s guest artist this year, a painter whose house was decimated last year by Hurricane Maria.”

The Sawdust will be matching the purchase price of Perez-Ramos’ mural dollar-for-dollar, up to $1,000. It’s the artist’s hope to be able to purchase a new roof for his family’s home.

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Get unique original art by Sawdust artists for a good cause at the Sawdust Benevolence Fund Auction on Sunday

The Fund began as the Artists’ Relief Fund in 1987, when artwork was auctioned to help a critically ill Sawdust Festival artist. In 1993, the fund was reorganized as a nonprofit shelter within the Sawdust Festival and expanded to help not only Sawdust exhibitors, but any working artist in the city of Laguna Beach. With a $1,000 maximum monthly grant amount, the Artists’ Benevolence Fund has provided much needed financial relief and assistance to artists in times of need.

“Anyone may contribute to the Fund, but each summer, Sawdust artists rise to the occasion and selflessly donate their art to the annual Artists’ Benevolence Fund Art Auction. This special event accounts for the majority of the revenue raised for the Artists’ Fund,” said a Sawdust spokesperson.

For complimentary entry to the Sawdust to attend the Benevolence Fund Auction, email Franky Duschane at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information about the Sawdust Artists’ Benevolence Fund, visit www.sawdustartfestival.org/about/artists-benevolence-fund

The Sawdust Art & Craft Festival is located at 935 Laguna Canyon Road. For more information, call (949) 494-3030.


Playhouse offers free group outings for select nonprofits through its kids’ TheatreHope program

From September 28 - 30, the Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre, through its new TheatreHope program, will present a play based on the classic children’s novel, The Giver – and because of the generosity of donors, the theatre will be able to offer free group outings for nonprofit groups serving families in need.

Guests who arrive early will also receive an exclusive backstage tour of the historic Moulton Theatre. In addition, following each performance, a panel of mental health experts will discuss the themes of the play and how they relate to the current challenges facing many of today’s youth.

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Young guests are exposed to many different aspects of the theatre, not only acting, as well as discussions before and after the show

For nonprofit organizations that need assistance, TheatreHope reimburses group transportation costs. In addition, if the majority of the group is comprised of individuals with household incomes below 200 percent of the poverty line, a complimentary meal will be provided prior to the performance.

“TheatreHope enables kids to gain exposure to the many roles and responsibilities required to produce a world-class play, such as costume design, set building, stage managing, lighting, sound work, casting, box office, executive management, screenwriting and directing,” said Michael Garman, the Playhouse’s new Grants and Community Outreach Manager. 

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These kids enjoy a rare opportunity to watch a play through TheatreHope 

(TheatreHope is different from the Playhouse’s TheatreReach community project, which was highlighted in a recent issue of Stu News Laguna.

TheatreHope brings groups of kids to witness a variety of plays in the Playhouse itself, opening up new vistas of possibility and showcasing performances relevant to their lives as a result of the free outings. 

TheatreReach actors and producers go out to schools in poorer areas or underserved areas to enact short plays based on curriculum books, bringing schoolwork to life in front of the kids and stimulating an appreciation of the arts.) 

Garman notes how valuable this exposure to the theatre is for kids who would normally not have access to this world.

Expanding kids’ world view through the arts

“Through these experiences, participants learn about the employment opportunities that exist in live theatre, and in Southern California’s entertainment industry as a whole,” he notes. 

Before and after the performance, Playhouse personnel share their personal stories and professional paths to the theatre, providing guests with guidance about pursuing a career in the arts for themselves, an opportunity which may have seemed unattainable or unavailable to many participants prior to their experience at Laguna Playhouse. 

“We have partnered with a growing coalition of local nonprofits serving families facing homelessness, food insecurity, disabilities, terminal disease, and the effects of addiction,” adds Garman. 

Our goal is for The Playhouse to provide a platform for local collaboration by bringing together community members, service providers, politicians, philanthropists and local businesses to facilitate important discussions and collaborative action plans to tackle pressing economic and social issues.” 

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Boys and Girls Club members enjoy a great outing through TheatreHope

Since the program’s inception, Laguna Playhouse has been fortunate to establish relationships with a broad coalition of nonprofit organizations, including ThinkTogether, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County, South County Outreach, Community Outreach Alliance, Laguna Niguel & Mission Viejo YMCA, Glennwood House, Simon Family Foundation, Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach, to mention just a few. 

These organizations provide a wide range of services for the most vulnerable in our community, including: homeless families and those living in transition; military families; food insecure families; individuals with disabilities and terminal disease; and those affected by addiction. 

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The Giver is a 1993 American young adult novel by Lois Lowry, adapted for stage. It is set in a society that at first appears to be utopian but is revealed to be dystopian as the story progresses. 

Performances of The Giver will take place on Friday, Sept 28 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Saturday, Sept 29 and Sunday, Sept 30 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.

To set up a group outing, contact Michael Garman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (949) 715-5355.

For more information, visit www.lagunaplayhouse.org.


Festival of Arts: Calendar of events Aug 11 - Aug 17

Get ready for spectacular fun at Festival of Arts: music, wine, and painting, what a week and weekend!

Weekend Nightly Music Schedule
Daily at 5:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with $15 Festival Admission

Tuesday, Aug 7: Anne Walsh and Tom Zink (part of the Tribute Tuesday music series)

Wednesday, Aug 8: Laguna Community Concert Band

Thursday, Aug 9: Pretzel Logic (part of the Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate series)
Friday, Aug 10: Melanie Taylor” (part of the Step into the Spotlight Music series)

Saturday, Aug 11: Quattrosound

Sunday, Aug 12: Josie James

Art Talks and Tea
Sponsored by PBS SoCal
Date: Wednesday, Aug 8
Time: 1 - 2 p.m.
Cost: Free with $10 Festival admission

Whether you’re an informed connoisseur, an amateur collector, or an art lover, join in fascinating and informative discussions with Festival of Arts exhibitors at Art Talks and Tea, sponsored by PBS SoCal. Enjoy tea on the Festival’s green while listening to artists talk about their inspiration, history, and careers in art. 

On Wednesday, Aug 8, the topic will be “Secret Lives – the Other Me” a conversation with artists about the other part of their life and how it impacts their work. Speakers include Kathy Jones, Jacques Garnier, Betty Haight, Larry Marley, and Bruce Burr.

Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate:
Live Performance by Pretzel Logic

Sponsored by Charles Schwab
Date: Thursday, Aug 9
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $20 in addition to $10 Festival admission. Limited seating available in reserved section for $35 per person (includes Festival admission).

Chocolate, wine, and all that jazz sweetens up the Festival of Arts this summer! On Thursday nights, indulge your senses at the Art, Jazz, Wine and Chocolate series. Sample a wide variety of Kendall-Jackson wines expertly selected to compliment and enhance the nuanced flavor of high-end chocolates from XAN Confections. The Festival’s casual and classy outdoor setting, together with the soulful sounds of jazz surrounded by fine art, creates an ideal evening for friends, sweethearts, and family.

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Pretzel Logic brings the spirit of Steely Dan alive with exciting musical stylings

Los Angeles based “Pretzel Logic – A Steely Dan Revue” has been playing the festival scene, as well as the club circuit in Southern California since 2001. The group’s dedicated members play with a passion the music of Steely Dan, whose legendary hits include “Reelin’ in the Years,” “Josie,” and “Peg.”

 The music of Steely Dan crosses many musical boundaries. From their jazzy horn lines and smooth vocals, to rock guitar licks and funky grooves, their appeal is wide ranging. With an array of classic songs that ease you into your seat, and upbeat tunes that get you dancing, Steely Dan’s repertoire has an impact on everyone. This little “big band” consists of three vocalists, three horns, and a solid rhythm section. Pretzel Logic brings the spirit of Steely Dan alive with a powerful show that leaves people buzzing.

Adult and Teen Art Workshops
Printmaking with Vinita Voogd

Date: Friday, Aug 10
Time: 5 - 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $60 (includes Festival admission)

Explore the art of printmaking at the Festival of Arts! This class will focus on the collagraph technique which combines collage, drawing, painting and sculptural elements. Students will use oil-based paints applied with brushes and rollers to create their own colorful, textured and unique prints.Discover your inner artist at the Festival of Art’s Adult and Teen Art Workshops. For ages 13 and up. Reservations preferred. 

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FOA exhibitor Vinita Voogd takes students on an exciting printmaking journey

Concerts on the Green
Sponsored by Cambria Estates Vineyard and Winery

Down To The Bone
Date: Saturday, Aug 11
Time: 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with $15 Festival admission. Limited seating available in reserved section for $40 per person (includes Festival admission).

Down To The Bone is Stuart Wade as producer, writer and mastermind behind the whole groove project, working with other talented musicians and co-writers to bring together a project of good grooves. Set up at the tail end of 1995 when Wade decided to take a track from the soul band he was in at the time, Think Twice, and remix it to give it a rawer and stripped down feel. The result was the Down To The Bone remix of the track ‘Joy Is Free’ which had great success.

Adult and Teen Art Classes
Ceramics with Marty Barth
Date: Saturday, Aug 11
Time: 3 - 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $60 (includes Festival admission)

Instructor Marty Barth will guide students through the process of creating their own ceramic piece. In this dynamic class, participants will learn how to work with clay using a variety of ceramic tools and hand-building techniques. Designed for all skill levels, this class is a great introduction to ceramic fundamentals.

Discover your inner artist at the Festival of Art’s Adult and Teen Art Classes. For ages 13 and up. Reservations preferred.

Wine & Painting Nights
Sunday Donut with Anthony Salvo
Date: Saturday, Aug 11
Time: 8:30 - 10 p.m. 

Cost: $75 (includes Festival admission)

Uncork your creativity this summer at the Festival of Arts! Enjoy a fun painting workshop while surrounded by beautiful art. Learn easy step-by-step processes, as taught by noted Festival exhibitor Anthony Salvo. Beginners and all levels are invited – take home your finished masterpiece!

All supplies and complimentary wine or beverage are included. $75 materials fee per person, per class. For adults 21 and up. Reservations required.

Youth Arts Education Workshops
Dates/Times: July 5 - Aug 17
Mondays - Fridays 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.
Cost: $25+ material fee/session
Tuesday, Aug 7: Ceramics (1 p.m.), Printmaking (3 p.m.)

Wednesday, Aug 8: Ceramics (1 p.m.), Mosaics (3 p.m.)

Thursday, Aug 9: Recycled Art (1 p.m.), Ceramics (3 p.m.)
Friday, Aug 10: Sculpture (1 p.m.), Mixed Media (3 p.m.)

Bring out that creative spark in your young artist at the Youth Art Classes this summer at the Festival of Arts. Kids will enjoy art classes taught by professional Festival artists in mixed media, watercolors, collage and more. Meanwhile, parents will have free time to view the artwork on display throughout the Festival grounds.

Festival artists will also share some of their creative techniques in a fun and friendly environment that will inspire your kids to come back every week. Open to children ages 5 - 12. Reservations required.

For full schedule and reservations, call 800.487.3378 or visit www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org.

Festival of Arts Grounds, 650 Laguna Canyon Road

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