Laguna lampooned

No Square Theatre's 'Lagunatics 2010' makes light of everything from kelp and skateboarding to the bad economy. Even Ken Frank is not immune.

October 07, 2010|By Cindy Frazier,
  • The image of councilman Kelly Boyd appears on a fan for upcoming Lagunatics musical comedy lampoon show during rehearsal Wednesday.
The image of councilman Kelly Boyd appears on a fan for… (DON LEACH, Coastline…)

Where else can you find tap-dancing goats, a singing city treasurer and the city manager portrayed as a flamboyantly caped member of Queen? Or how about an all-nude version of "The Last Supper"?

Look no further than No Square Theatre's Lagunatics 2010, opening Oct. 16 at the Forum Theatre on the Festival of Arts grounds.

This year's Lagunatics "roast of the coast" promises to be another hilariously madcap dash through musical theater history, with some rock 'n roll to spice it up. As usual, nothing is sacred and everything and everyone "Laguna" is up for grilling.

A cast of dozens is hard at work under the direction of taskmistress Bree Burgess Rosen learning songs and intricate moves that take the audience on a trip through a year in Laguna Beach, with all its characters and controversies. Burgess Rosen and Chris Quilter wrote the show.

At a recent rehearsal, cast members vamped it up to great effect to Donna Summers' "Bad Boys" in a hilarious take on the skateboarding controversy, complete with an enormous skateboard careening among the "cars."


The city's goat herd was equally engaging, as tap dancers hoofed it to the tune of "42nd Street."

"Don't be about you, be about the goats," Burgess Rosen admonished the dancers.

Proving that No Square isn't afraid to take on serious issues, the city's proposed plastic bag ban gets lightly toasted in a large number set to the tune of Journey's "Don't Stop Believing." (Refrain: "Don't stop conserving.")

Kelp reforestation is also played for laughs to the tune of "Help," while the city's parking woes are lamented via a lyrical sendup of West Side Story's "Somewhere." ("There's a space for us, somewhere a space for us…")

If you don't like traffic jams on Laguna Canyon Road, you'll get a kick out of "Right of Way," a takeoff on "Night and Day."

In a number with a bit of sting to it, a "starving Realtor" laments, "Where have all the gay guys gone? Gone to Palm Springs, every one…" as a restaurant owner sits glumly amid his empty tables. Ouch, that one hurts.

Of course, no Lagunatics would be complete without the obligatory drag number. This year's is "Dream Girls," complete with big-hair wigs, huge falsies, acrylic heels and with a special "surprise guest" who will be announced — or "dragged" onstage — at each performance.

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