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By Tom Titus | June 16, 2011
One of the longest-running family musicals in Europe will be making its American premiere in Laguna Beach next month. Gallimaufry Performing Arts will be casting "White Dalmatian" — described as a "tongue-in-cheek comic sendup of a children's fairy tale" — in auditions scheduled for Saturday at the Artists Theatre at Laguna Beach High School. Steve Josephson, Gallimaufry's artistic director, will be staging the production, with Kira Josephson choreographing. The show opens at the LBHS theater July 21 for two weekends.
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By Tom Titus | October 7, 2010
The collaboration between legendary science fiction writer Ray Bradbury and Laguna Beach's Gallimaufry Performing Arts has extended across the Atlantic Ocean to Scotland. Gallimaufry, a regular participant in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the world's largest arts event, entered its adaptation of Bradbury's "2116" in this year's festivities and came away a finalist for "best new musical. " The show also was named one of the top five shows by Musical Theater Matters, the company that awards achievement in musical theater.
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Tom Titus | June 11, 2010
B ack in the early 1950s, author Douglass Wallop came up with an intriguing story — intriguing, that is, for all of us New York Yankees haters. It was called "The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant." By 1955, Broadway had seized upon the concept of a portly, middle- aged Wash- ington Sena- tors fan who jumps at the devilish idea that he could morph into a strapping youth who'd lead the Senators to the American League championship. That show was called "Damn Yankees" and it's just as intriguing today, because the Yankees are again the defending world champions.
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By Tom Titus | November 23, 2007
With Thanksgiving behind us, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, especially for Laguna Beach’s Gallimaufry Performing Arts company, where rehearsals are under way for a three-pronged package of holiday entertainment. The local performers have four productions scheduled at three different venues during late November and early December, all with a family-oriented holiday theme. The yuletide season begins on the final day of November with “Gloriously Gershwin — the Songs of George and Ira.” Gallimaufry’s soloists will offer the Gershwin brothers’ most memorable numbers, including “Embraceable You,” “’S Wonderful,” “Fascinating Rhythm,” “Summertime” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.” This event will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 428 Park Ave. Next up will be the Lagunatunes Holiday Suite, the annual holiday concert under the direction of Christin Cornell and Roxanna Ward.
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March 28, 2008
Gallimaufry Performing Arts will feature dance as a part of its upcoming ?Family Festival,? as it presents two premieres by the Gallimaufry & Greene Dance Company and the only Southland appearance by the Emmy Award-winning Jump Rhythm Jazz Project from Chicago. The festival will include a lecture/demonstration from Gallimaufry & Greene?s Choreographer and Artistic Director, Sean Greene, at 5 p.m. April 13 at the Forum Theatre on the Festival of Arts grounds, 650 Laguna Canyon Road.
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By Tom Titus | June 20, 2008
The impact of Gallimaufry Performing Arts is spreading far beyond its home in Laguna Beach. The four-year-old company has kept busy since its inception with more than 40 local productions — but it also is a major presenter of European and world premieres at the world’s largest arts festival. That would be Scotland’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the largest arts festival in the world. Last year’s event hosted more than 2,000 different shows and sold upward of 1.7 million tickets.
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By TOM TITUS | September 29, 2006
Nearly every theater group has one "go to" person who handles a variety of projects, delicately balancing many at once. At Laguna Beach's Gallimaufry Performing Arts, that individual is Julie Josephson, wife of the company's creative director Steve Josephson and a polished actress in her own right, as she currently is demonstrating in Gallimaufry's reprise production of "Sordid Lives." "Calmly and fluidly, she moves from task to task behind the scenes doing the unglamorous things that need done to put on a show," associate producer James Vaughn noted.
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By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | July 16, 2010
Family and friends of George Woods gathered Friday at the Aliso Creek Inn to share memories of the actor and longtime Patriots Day Parade commentator, who died July 3. He was 75. "He was a wonderful man, full of personality and always a pleasure to have around," said Laguna Playhouse Artistic Director Andrew Barnicle. "He was a great raconteur." Mr. Woods starred in four plays at the Playhouse after Barnicle joined the creative staff in 1991, and at least six others before that.
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By Candice Baker | July 14, 2006
Stuart Fabel cringes as he watches actors clamber over wobbly stage-prop porch railings. During the late rush to finish up the sets for Gallimaufry Performing Arts' premiere of its summer musical, "Meet Me in St. Louis," he's finding the best salve for his anxiety is a steady stream of wisecracks. "Velcro's been working really well for me," he said as he examines a decrepit banister finial. The actors clumsily navigating the porch railings spur more gallows humor. "It's like when you see a car accident on the side of the road, and you don't want to look, but you can't turn away."
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By Cindy Frazier, cindy.frazier@latimes.com | July 28, 2011
Theatrical producer, writer and director Steve Josephson spent the last year shuttling between Prague and Laguna Beach, getting to know Czech movie- and theater-maker Mirjam Landa. The two met at the 2010 Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland, where Josephson had taken "2116," a futuristic Ray Bradbury musical that Josephson developed into a full-length work. Landa had staged a musical version of one of her movies at the annual theater festival. She took time to see "2116" and returned a second time with her entire cast, Josephson said.
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July 14, 2011
Winning combo with wine, chocolate and jazz Thursday nights just got a lot more delicious. The "Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate: What Could Be Better?" series continues from 5 to 8 p.m. every Thursday until Aug. 25 at the Festival of Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Road. The event features select wines by Kendall Jackson, gourmet chocolates by Xan Confections and a broad variety of jazz styles and performances. The musical lineup includes Max Bennett and Private Reserve on Thursday; jazz vocalist Kate Reid with the Evan Stone Trio on July 28; jazz vocalist Annie Sellick on Aug.4; jazz vocalist Denise Donatelli with the Evan Stone Trio on Aug. 11; jazz guitarist Steve Oliver on Aug. 18; and jazz vocalist Anne Walsh on Aug. 25. The event is for those 21 and older.
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By Tom Titus | June 16, 2011
One of the longest-running family musicals in Europe will be making its American premiere in Laguna Beach next month. Gallimaufry Performing Arts will be casting "White Dalmatian" — described as a "tongue-in-cheek comic sendup of a children's fairy tale" — in auditions scheduled for Saturday at the Artists Theatre at Laguna Beach High School. Steve Josephson, Gallimaufry's artistic director, will be staging the production, with Kira Josephson choreographing. The show opens at the LBHS theater July 21 for two weekends.
NEWS
By Tom Titus | October 7, 2010
The collaboration between legendary science fiction writer Ray Bradbury and Laguna Beach's Gallimaufry Performing Arts has extended across the Atlantic Ocean to Scotland. Gallimaufry, a regular participant in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the world's largest arts event, entered its adaptation of Bradbury's "2116" in this year's festivities and came away a finalist for "best new musical. " The show also was named one of the top five shows by Musical Theater Matters, the company that awards achievement in musical theater.
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By Tom Titus | July 23, 2010
When "Damn Yankees" takes its first swings at Laguna Beach High School's Artists Theater this weekend, it'll be a homecoming of sorts for a number of musical theater performers who graduated from Laguna Beach High over the past decade. The Gallimaufry Performing Arts rendition of the musical fantasy will be staged for two weekends and only six performances under the direction of Steve Josephson, artistic director of the Laguna company, and choreographer Andrew Ruesch. The show imagines what might happen if the Washington Senators (this being the 1950s)
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By Cindy Frazier | July 22, 2010
The Devil is a piano tuner. No kidding. When David Stoneman, who plays Applegate in Gallimaufry Performing Arts' production of "Damn Yankees," told me this, I didn't know whether to believe him. After all, Stoneman is not only a masterful singer, but a play actor — and a kidder. He is clearly relishing his role as the Trickster who convinces a poor sap from Chevy Chase, Md., to sell his soul to make sure his losing team, the Washington Senators, beats the Yankees. So I smiled agreeably when Stoneman answered my question about what he did when not "trodding the boards," as he likes to say, and took it with a grain of salt.
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By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | July 16, 2010
Family and friends of George Woods gathered Friday at the Aliso Creek Inn to share memories of the actor and longtime Patriots Day Parade commentator, who died July 3. He was 75. "He was a wonderful man, full of personality and always a pleasure to have around," said Laguna Playhouse Artistic Director Andrew Barnicle. "He was a great raconteur." Mr. Woods starred in four plays at the Playhouse after Barnicle joined the creative staff in 1991, and at least six others before that.
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Tom Titus | June 11, 2010
B ack in the early 1950s, author Douglass Wallop came up with an intriguing story — intriguing, that is, for all of us New York Yankees haters. It was called "The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant." By 1955, Broadway had seized upon the concept of a portly, middle- aged Wash- ington Sena- tors fan who jumps at the devilish idea that he could morph into a strapping youth who'd lead the Senators to the American League championship. That show was called "Damn Yankees" and it's just as intriguing today, because the Yankees are again the defending world champions.
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Tom Titus | May 28, 2010
F amed science-fiction writer Ray Bradbury will observe his 90th birthday next month, and Laguna's Gallimaufry Performing Arts is planning a huge celebration. The local company, which turned Bradbury's "2116" into a musical last year, will be holding a fundraising event called "Masters and Masterpieces" on June 5 at the Masterpiece Fine Art Showroom, 1945 Laguna Canyon Road. On the eclectic menu will be exhibitions of music, dance and art, helmed by Bradbury himself as master of ceremonies of the event.
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By Tom Titus | February 12, 2010
Among the various artistic groups under the umbrella of Laguna Beach’s Gallimaufry Performing Arts organization is one encompassing the stars of the future. The Generation GAP is an educational program operated by the parent group and is a self-producing teen theater company. These young people will take the spotlight Saturday when Gallimaufry Artistic Director Steve Josephson hosts the fourth annual fundraising benefit celebration at his home, 1685 Del Mar Ave. This year’s theme is the Annie Moffat’s St. Valentine’s Day Ball, named after the party attended by the characters in “Little Women” — which just happens to be the upcoming Generation GAP production.
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