Briefly In Education

June 04, 2010

District selects superintendent

The Laguna Beach Unified School District Board of Education announced this week that, pending negotiations, it has selected Sherine Smith as the next superintendent of schools.

The new superintendent's base salary will be $225,000, to be included in the 2010-11 budget, which will be approved by the board later this month.

Supt. Robert Fraisse will retire June 30.

Drama program wins awards

The Laguna Beach High School drama program received a record 31 MACY Childress Awards in an awards celebration at the La Mirada Theatre of the Performing Arts. The awards were for musical performances of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" and "Anything Goes."


The highlight of the evening was an individual award that went to Nicolai Doreng-Stearns for best comic performance as the stuffy British gentleman Sir Evelyn Oakleigh in "Anything Goes."

"This is quite a nice way to end it," Stearns said as he reflected on his career as a Park Avenue Player. The Berkeley-bound senior has played many roles throughout his career.

"Nicolai has been my student since he was in the sixth grade," said Mark Dressler, director of the drama program. "He's the kind of actor who can play all kinds of characters."

Other award recipients were Elias Cerdas and Makenna Zur Schmiede who won the Bright Spot Award. Special Recognition nods were captured by EJ Kramer, Nia Evans and Sam Hilburn. Achievement Awards went to Luke Dressler, Morea Arthur, Sawyer Pierce, Kate Stewart, Sarah Busic, Austin Giangeruso and Sophia Tupy.

For "Putnam County," a Bright Spot award went to Emily Van Hanswyk. Special Recognitions were won by Luke Dressler, Nicolai Doreng-Stearns, Austin Giangeruso and Lily Rogers. Daniella Crivello, Dylan DelPizzo-Howell, EJ Kramer, Sarah Busic, Wyatt Fair, Brad Barnes, Claire LaRose, Chandler Davis, Brooks Freeman, Sophia Tupy, and Makenna Zur Schmiede received Spotlight Achievement Awards.

Greek play closing this weekend

The Park Avenue Players close their season with Charles Mee's retelling of a Euripides Greek tragedy, "Iphigenia 2.0." Directed by Amanda Saunders, the gripping play is recommended for advance theater-goers who enjoy thought-provoking drama. The play will run at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 and can be purchase at the door of the Artists Theater, 625 Park Ave., Laguna Beach.

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