Briefly In Education

May 12, 2011
  • Top of the World students in the outdoor classroom-garden with Ms. Hustwick.
Top of the World students in the outdoor classroom-garden… (Coastline Pilot )

Children can sing with Presbyterian church

Laguna Presbyterian's new music and drama program is on the lookout for new talent.

Choral Director Linda White will hold rehearsals at 6 p.m. Mondays.

Anyone interested, especially middle school students, is encouraged to attend to get more information and learn about the program.

White will produce a mini-musical, "Esther-Ordinary Faith" with the kids, which tells the biblical tale of Queen Esther, who saved the Jews from being killed.

They will perform during the church's Father's Day service June 19.

For more information, call Choral Director Linda White at (714) 321-9860.


LCAD and USC get their game on

The Laguna College of Art & Design and USC recently collaborated on a video game project, "Unchained," to present at USC's Demo Day on May 4.

Students from both schools spent a year on the project. USC provided the programming efforts and LCAD students provided art, design, sound effects and voice-over.


The game was lauded as the most visually stunning title submitted.

"Creating bridges and partnerships between schools has been one of the jewels of the job as founder of the game art major at LCAD," Game Art Department Chair Sandy Appleoff said in a news release.

USC's game design program, Game Pipe, is ranked No. 1 in the nation by the Princeton Review.

"It was an honor to be a part of such a great team, and I am glad that our game was so well-received," LCAD senior and project co-director Wesley Martin said in a statement. "We started last September and basically worked full-time on the project — each spending between 40 and 100 hours per week — creating art, managing the team and communicating with USC."


LBHS honored for drama

Laguna Beach High School's drama department was recognized by the John Raitt Awards at Fullerton's Plummer Auditorium on Sunday.

The nominations were judged by a panel of theater professionals who visited high schools in Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties.

LBHS took home nominations for best lighting, choreography and production for "Footloose." The crew and student Makenna Zur Schmiede received awards for best show crew and supporting actress.

Students were also individually recognized: Caroline Rechter, best stage manager; Natalie Redwitz, best female dancer; Haley Castuera, best female soloist; Karina Parker, best supporting actress; Luke Dressler, best comedian; and Sawyer Pierce, best actor.

LBHS looks forward to its next awards banquet at MACY Day on May 22.


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