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By Tom Titus | May 9, 2008
Life is a cabaret — or at least it was in pre-World War II Berlin. And the celebrated John Kander and Fred Ebb musical drama is about to resurface in Laguna Beach. “Cabaret” was born as the novel “Berlin Stories” by Christopher Isherwood and became a theatrical project when playwright John Van Druten adapted it for the stage. Then, of course, came the big musical which launched the career of Liza Minnelli, earning her a Tony award and an Oscar. Laguna’s Gallimaufry Performing Arts has chosen “Cabaret” as its next production and will hold auditions for the show from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Veteran Memorial Community Center (Legion Hall)
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By Candice Baker | January 19, 2007
The cast members of MTV's "Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County" got together last Sunday to celebrate the show's now-filming fourth season at the House of Blues in Downtown Disney. Bands featured on the show, like 7K, Ten West and the Skies of America, serenaded an all-ages crowd, out late on a Sunday night due to the Martin Luther King holiday the following day. One lucky guest won a Daisy Rock guitar signed by the show's cast members. The show's third season has experienced a decline in ratings since its hot beginning, but MTV said that the decline may be attributed to casting changes — nearly all of the third-season characters were new to the show, which also didn't focus exclusively on Laguna Beach High School students during its third season.
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By Dave Schaar | February 17, 2010
Former Laguna Beach long time resident, Dave Schaar (Diamond Crestiview resident and local realtor) is an investor in "The 39 Steps"...the hysterical remake of Alfred Hitchcock's spy thriller.  The play won two tony awards and was the longest running non musical on Broadway in the past 8 years.  Its like Carol Burnett does Hitchcock......a complete spoof full of slapstick and an amazing cast of four who on stage become a cast of over 150 personalities.  The road production comes to Los Angeles at the Ahmanson Theater beginning in late April 2010 and its running for three weeks.
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January 7, 2005
Suzie Harrison It's time to put your best pose forward this weekend for the Pageant of the Masters annual casting call from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. People of all ages and sizes are needed each year to pose for the world-renowned show. "It's a nice reunion for cast members and a good time to invite new people," director Diane Challis Davy said. "Last year we had almost 1,000 people come to a casting call. It's a 20 year record for us."
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By By Barbara Diamond | January 13, 2006
Pageant of Masters takes stock of volunteers to build cast and crew. A bumper crop of hopeful volunteers were measured and photographed last weekend for the 2006 Pageant of the Masters cast and backstage crews. More than 600 folks showed up for the annual casting call, and more are expected to make appointments for late reviews. First-timers and veterans alike were asked to fill out the applications that staff members use to cast the tableaux vivants -- living reproductions of artistic masterpieces.
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November 21, 2003
Suzie Harrison She could follow in the paw prints of such legacies as Rin Tin Tin, Lassie and Old Yeller. She could. Sure, Maggie Mae is new on the acting scene as she makes her stage debut as Sandy in No Square Theatre's production of "Annie Warbucks." But the 6-year-old soft coated Wheaten Terrier is receiving rave reviews from director Steve Josephson and her fellow cast members. Eighteen dogs auditioned to be cast in the "Annie" sequel, Josephson said, adding that he was mainly looking for a dog that would sit, pay attention, be cute and not go nuts around people.
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November 19, 2004
Lauren Vane A cast of five actors deliver a story line of complex family relationships, singing every word at a rapid pace along to unconventional music for more than an hour. For the actors involved it sounds like a recipe for an anxiety attack, but the cast attests to the contrary. Actors in Gallimaufry Performing Arts' newest production, "March of the Falsettos," said it is a play that tests their stamina and stretches the audience's perception, but it is a satisfying professional experience despite the challenge.
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By Candice Baker | August 24, 2007
Laguna will be shaken, not stirred, by this year’s Lagunatics 007 (Uh-Oh-Seven) — the 15th annual “roast of the coast” — on Sept. 7, 8 and 9 at the Artists’ Theatre. Tap-dancing goats, the Pageant of Disasters and a bombastic en-pointe tribute to a giant moth are de rigueur at this annual revue, where no city manager or construction project is left untouched. “Live and Let Die” becomes “Your Tree’s Too Damn High,” complete with chainsaws.
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July 22, 2005
Suzie Harrison All the drama, excitement and controversy is back for another round with Monday's 10 p.m. premiere of MTV's "Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County." Season two picks up where it left off with some twists added, including new cast members, all seniors before 2005 graduation. The show takes the viewer on a journey through the lives of eight gorgeous Laguna Beach teenagers and all they experience. From parties to dates, around town or at the beach, vacations to graduation and even venturing off to college the cameras are there.
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February 14, 2003
Barbara Diamond V-Day doesn't mean valentines, bouquets of red roses and heart-shaped boxes of candy to millions of women around the world: it means Feb. 28, an international outcry to vanquish violence that has too long been their lot in life. Laguna Beach will celebrate V-Day with one performance of "The Vagina Monologues," to be held at the Laguna Beach Woman's Club. The performance is sold out. There will be no intermission to disrupt the intensity of the performance.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | January 10, 2013
Frank Daniel is one of a lucky few who have never been struck by the urge to sneeze, twitch or swat an unassuming bug, at least while on stage. This matters - why? Daniel, 69, a Laguna Beach native, has, for the past quarter-century, donned the garb, makeup and hairpiece of Jesus Christ before freezing for 90 seconds amid apostles as depicted in Leonardo da Vinci's "Last Supper. " This piece marks the yearly finale of the Pageant of the Masters, which honors iconic art in the form of living pictures, or tableaux vivantes . Currently in its 80th year, the pageant will be hosted nightly July 7 through Aug. 31. "Every once in a while, I feel like I'm going to sneeze before we're about to go up," Daniel said, laughing.
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By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | July 7, 2011
Laguna Beach will be the first Orange County city to get a glimpse of a rare collection of works by Auguste Rodin. The exhibition opening Monday at the Laguna College of Art & Design celebrates the school's 50th year. Works are from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collection, the world's largest private collection of Rodin works. The French sculptor is most widely known for "The Thinker" and "The Kiss. " "He's considered one of the greatest sculptors since Michelangelo," LCAD President Jonathan Burke said.
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March 31, 2011
Last weekend I took my daughters to see "Footloose" at the Artist's Theatre. What a wonderful show! Those high school students acted, sang, danced and changed sets and lighting like professionals. We were completely entertained. Bravo to our fantastically talented high school students. They make me proud of our schools. With such craft and confidence, I can see these kids soaring into a fantastic future with many opportunities. And to our high school's wonderful drama program, kudos!
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November 25, 2010
The Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot is sponsoring its second annual Holiday Window Contest for local retailers. Community members may cast their ballots for one or more retail windows in any part of town that they think have the best holiday decorations. The business with the most votes will get bragging rights, a story in the Coastline Pilot on Dec. 17 and a special prize to be announced. Top vote-getters will also be featured as space permits. Voting begins today and continues through Dec. 13. To cast a ballot, send us a note by mail with your name and the name and address of your favorite holiday-decorated retail windows in Laguna Beach — and why you liked them — to Coastline Pilot, P.O. Box 248, Laguna Beach, CA 92652, or send your ballot via e-mail to coastlinepilot@latimes.
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By Cindy Frazier, cindy.frazier@latimes.com | August 9, 2010
Mario Lopez, host of the entertainment news show, "Extra," and a star on Broadway and television, will add another accomplishment to his list: host of the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters 12th annual gala benefit. Lopez will join other celebrities and Laguna Beach community members on the red carpet at the annual event, which benefits the Festival of Arts/Pageant of the Masters Building Fund. Lopez began his career as one of the main characters in the hit teen series "Saved by the Bell.
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By Dave Schaar | February 17, 2010
Former Laguna Beach long time resident, Dave Schaar (Diamond Crestiview resident and local realtor) is an investor in "The 39 Steps"...the hysterical remake of Alfred Hitchcock's spy thriller.  The play won two tony awards and was the longest running non musical on Broadway in the past 8 years.  Its like Carol Burnett does Hitchcock......a complete spoof full of slapstick and an amazing cast of four who on stage become a cast of over 150 personalities.  The road production comes to Los Angeles at the Ahmanson Theater beginning in late April 2010 and its running for three weeks.
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By Cindy Frazier | December 15, 2009
The 2010 Pageant of the Masters is looking for people who can stand very still for 90 seconds — and who enjoy art, theater and music, and like the idea of posing on stage. Men, women and children are needed to volunteer for next summer’s show, “Eat, Drink and Be Merry.” People of all sizes and ages are needed to be cast members in the presentation of tableaux vivants or “living pictures.” Casting call will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9 ; 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10; and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14 at the Festival of Arts grounds, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach.
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By Barbara Diamond | October 30, 2009
“Lagunatics” just gets better and better. Most, and maybe all, of the audience at the Gala performance Sunday agreed this year’s version was the all-time high. “The cast, the sets, the script and the costumes were the best ever,” said Festival of Arts President Wayne Baglin . Cliff Notes in the program for “out-of-towners or locals who weren’t paying attention” and descriptions of the cast and crew were as funny as the script.
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By Ashley Breeding | October 9, 2009
When times are glum, the best medicine is laughter. And there?s no better prescription for it than Lagunatics, the city?s annual ?roast of the coast.? Creator and director Bree Burgess Rosen said this year?s show will deliver one of the best satires yet, with one of the most highly talented casts. ?We have some very pointed political issues this year,? she said. ?Tough times make for edgier subject matter, which makes the comedy take on it, well, bigger. ?The cast this year has a higher talent level than I believe we?
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By Sherwood Kiraly | March 27, 2009
Since it could hardly be more timely to present a play called “Scared Money,” Gallimaufry Performing Arts is premiering a comedy of that title at the Forum Theatre on April 10, 11, 17 and 18. Gallimaufry has a strong local history of presenting quality plays both classic and offbeat, such as “Glass Menagerie” and “Sordid Lives.” This time, director Steve Josephson is going with a new work by a local playwright. It looks like a winner to me. The script is tight and funny — there is some adult language, so don’t bring a tyke — and the cast is gifted.
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