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August 4, 1990 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Joe Lauderdale, who is replacing Scott Davidson as the director of the Laguna Playhouse's Youth Theatre, is looking forward to making his own mark with the company. Lauderdale, 28, who has been associate director of the Youth Theatre for the last two years, said one reason he came to the company was the quality of the productions. He hopes to continue that quality, which led in 1989 to the troupe being named best new children's theater company in the nation.
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September 13, 1995 | T.H. McCULLOH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre director Joe Lauderdale admits he was spurred to action recently after reading Frances Hodgson Burnett's "The Secret Garden." * "I started doing a little gardening myself," he said. "You realize that a plant is not just a plant. It is a living thing. I looked at all the wilting plants and started pulling away the dead parts and turning the soil, as it's indicated in the book. And it does work. Those things just bloomed."
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September 13, 1995 | T.H. McCULLOH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre director Joe Lauderdale admits he was spurred to action recently after reading Frances Hodgson Burnett's "The Secret Garden." * "I started doing a little gardening myself," he said. "You realize that a plant is not just a plant. It is a living thing. I looked at all the wilting plants and started pulling away the dead parts and turning the soil, as it's indicated in the book. And it does work. Those things just bloomed."
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June 18, 1993 | M.E. WARREN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A good play for children is hard to find. So says Joe Lauderdale, director of the Laguna Playhouse Youth Theater. For three years now, it has been part of his job to put together a season of four plays for young audiences. "I read a lot of bad scripts," he bemoaned over the phone last week. "It's more and more difficult every year. If I think of a title I like, I go out and search for it." It seems he knows where to look.
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June 18, 1993 | M.E. WARREN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A good play for children is hard to find. So says Joe Lauderdale, director of the Laguna Playhouse Youth Theater. For three years now, it has been part of his job to put together a season of four plays for young audiences. "I read a lot of bad scripts," he bemoaned over the phone last week. "It's more and more difficult every year. If I think of a title I like, I go out and search for it." It seems he knows where to look.
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June 11, 1997 | CORINNE FLOCKEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly strikes the funny bone. So it goes in Greg Atkins' new version of "Cinderella," staged by Laguna Playhouse Youth Theater at the Moulton Theater through Sunday. From the moment they sashay on stage, it's the nasty-looking stepsisters, not lovely Cinderella, who attract attention. While Atkins and director Joe Lauderdale attempt to balance romance and comedy, the scales tip toward belly laughs.
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December 27, 1996
Family-oriented stagings in chronological order: * "Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There," Laguna Youth Theater at the Moulton Theater, Laguna Beach (February). Whimsical yet slightly dark around the edges, this version of Lewis Carroll's "Alice" stories overcame a dialogue-heavy first act to infuse audiences with a sense of giddiness and a ready willingness to, like the White Queen, "believe a dozen impossible things before breakfast."
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March 7, 2004 | Lynne Heffley
The Laguna Playhouse's Youth Theatre program, known for decades of well-mounted plays for young audiences based on children's literature, began expanding its reach in 2001 with a series of serious "issue" dramas for ages 13 and up. Its newest offering for this older audience, "Cut," playing March 19-21, explores a subject serious enough to warrant post-show discussions with a therapist.
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March 2, 1995
A spoof of the song "Anything Goes" opened "Lagunatics '95," the third annual revue lampooning life in Laguna Beach at the Laguna Playhouse over the weekend. But the costuming was anything but haphazard. Costume designer Brad Elsberry went for a tightly exaggerated look at the city's main characters. Here, from left, director Joe Lauderdale was the only one who didn't look like the Village People revisited in his Hollywood-style loose suit.
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August 4, 1990 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Joe Lauderdale, who is replacing Scott Davidson as the director of the Laguna Playhouse's Youth Theatre, is looking forward to making his own mark with the company. Lauderdale, 28, who has been associate director of the Youth Theatre for the last two years, said one reason he came to the company was the quality of the productions. He hopes to continue that quality, which led in 1989 to the troupe being named best new children's theater company in the nation.
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February 17, 1995 | T. H. McCULLOH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The visual world of the Brothers Grimm is lovingly re-created in the Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre production of "White as Snow, Red as Blood," a retelling of the story of Snow White. The slow and wordy script, however, poses a problem. Robert L. Smith's set design--with tall mirrors, which adorn Grecian periaktoi columns and turn to indicate the dense forest, and with a forest cottage that comes together from opposite sides of the stage--looks like old illustrations.
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