The refurbished Callboard in the Peppertree Parking Lot was dedicated last week as a kickoff for the yearlong celebration of the 90th anniversary season of the Laguna Playhouse.
A large crowd of enthusiastic arts supporters gathered for the ceremony under the pepper tree that gave the parking lot between Forest and Ocean avenues its name.
"This Callboard is making history," said Karyn Philippsen, chairwoman of the anniversary celebration. "It marks 90 years ago — exactly 90 years ago today — that the playhouse began its commitment to theater in Laguna Beach on this spot, nestled under the pepper tree."
Philippsen said one of the perks of chairing the anniversary is the opportunity to learn more about the theater's history and the significance of the Callboard.
The audience for the ceremony included many who remember the original community theater and the Callboard with affection.
"I attended plays here when I was a kid," said Jan Sattler, a Laguna native and artist. "The first one was 'The Boyfriend.'"