The cast of Laguna's No Square Theatre was rehearsing for Jerry Herman's 1966 Broadway musical, "Mame," when the town was suddenly engulfed in water and mud in the torrential December storms.
"We decided that the town doesn't need 'Mame' right now," said No Square founder Bree Burgess Rosen. "What we need is a rebuttal to wet, cold and alone."
And so "Mame" became "Maimed: A Benefit for the Wet and Muddy," a brilliant and hilarious musical variety show that will premiere at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Artists' Theatre, to entertain the community in exchange for donations for Laguna's flood victims.
"All ticket sales will go to an artists' relief fund at the Laguna Relief and Resource Coalition," Rosen said.
Rosen and her crew — including fellow No Square veterans Roxana Ward, Diva Bree and Rob Harryman — will perform "everything from country western to Broadway to synchronized swimming with the City Council" in a collection of 21 song parodies of old-time favorites as well as originals written by cast members.