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In the Arts

September 22, 2011

Memorial for makeup artist

A memorial service for the late Joy Trent, the longtime Pageant of the Masters makeup director, is scheduled for 11 a.m. Oct. 1 in the Forum Theater at the Festival of the Arts grounds, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Festival officials said in a news release.

Trent died of lung cancer Sept. 16 at Mission Hospital Mission Viejo, said Sharbie Higuchi, spokeswoman for the Festival. She was 70.

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"We have the utmost respect and admiration for Joy, who continued to work heroically throughout her two-year illness," Pageant of the Masters Director Diane Challis Davy said in a prepared statement. "We are so very grateful for her friendship, camaraderie, and her countless creative contributions to the Pageant."

Born in Dayton, Ohio, on Jan. 24, 1941, Trent first volunteered at the Pageant of Masters in 1976. According to the release, she earned a certificate in theatrical, TV and motion picture makeup in 1981. She served the Pageant as a makeup supervisor from 1986 till 1989, and became its makeup director in 1990.

Trent moved recently to Laguna Hills from Laguna Niguel, where she had lived a long time. She is survived by her two daughters, Carrie Carter and Shana Padilla, and five grandchildren, the release said.

The family requests that donations to the Pageant of the Masters Student Volunteer Recognition Award Fund be made in lieu of flowers. For information, call (949) 494-3663.

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Councilwoman's firm to consult playhouse

The Laguna Playhouse has picked a marketing firm run by Laguna Beach Councilwoman and former Mayor Elizabeth Pearson as a consultant for its 90th anniversary community outreach and fundraising campaign, playhouse officials said in a news release.

Pearson, also a former member of the city's Planning Commission, is the principal of Adworx, a Laguna-based marketing, advertising and public relations firm. She previously sat on the Laguna Art Museum's Board of Directors and is an ex-officio board member for Laguna Beach Live! As well as the Laguna Plein Air Painters Assn.

The release noted that Pearson will be required to recuse herself from future City Council votes to do with the playhouse or the Business Improvement District's annual grants earmarked for the city's troika of main art institutions.

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Dance Festival lineup is set

The Laguna Dance Festival has released its Spring 2012 schedule.

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