The Laguna Moulton Playhouse acting troupe has placed first in the regional competition of the 1987 national festival of community theaters--the third time in four years the Laguna Beach group has won that regional honor.
The playhouse's version of "Quilters," a frontier musical, was given the Most Outstanding Production award at the Region VIII competition, which is part of the biennial American Assn. of Community Theatre Festival, competition officials said Monday.
The Laguna Moulton players won out over groups from Phoenix and Reno in the regional finals Saturday in Phoenix, according to David Hay, associate director of San Diego's Old Globe Theatre, who was one of the judges.
"We're very excited, especially because no other group has won this often in our regionals," said Douglas Rowe, Laguna Moulton's artistic director. Laguna Moulton and nine other regional winners will vie for national honors June 10-14 at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.