Last Friday, Laguna Beach High School dedicated its latest show, "Rumors," to a man who had a leading role behind the curtains.
Andy Hedden, a former adjunct teacher, died May 5 of a heart attack. He was 55.
Hedden was known at the high school for his work with the Playwrights Festival, which has since ended. Drama teacher Mark Dressler credited Hedden for much of the festival's success.
Hedden would go into English classes and teach the kids how to write and structure plays, and develop a character in conflict, Dressler recalled.
"He gave kids really great advice about how to carry a script through completion," he said. "He had a following of kids that just loved him and looked forward to the Playwrights Festival every year."
Hedden was known for his patience, affability and willingness to work with every kind of child — both those with experience in the arts and others who may be timid about trying something new.