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June 8, 1990 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The award-winning amateur Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre has challenged its actors and audiences in the past with plays set during the Depression and in Nazi Germany. Beginning tonight, it will take a fairy tale odyssey into the seldom-revived classic children's play, "The Blue Bird." Maurice Maeterlinck's turn-of-the-century work about two children who visit magic places is an allegory exploring values and personal growth, a fantasy search for what's most important to the human spirit.
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February 4, 2000 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The audience won't see Tay McEvers when the Laguna Playhouse production of "The Summer of the Swans" kicks off its two-weekend run tonight at the Moulton Theater. But her presence will certainly be felt. As stage manager, McEvers will have the entire production in her hands. Perched in the control booth high in back of the theater, she'll be responsible for starting the show and calling all of the lighting and sound cues via headset to technical crew members running the sound and light boards.
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February 10, 1995 | CORINNE FLOCKEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
According to Christopher Finch's book "The Art of Walt Disney," in the three years it took to develop the animated version of "Snow White," Disney conceived of and scrapped dozens of dwarf personas before settling on the seven who came to be so well known. As with the final picks, the discarded dwarfs carried names descriptive of their personalities or physical characteristics. There were Gabby and Flabby, Graceful and Gloomy, Jaunty and Strutty, the presumably asthmatic Gaspy.
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February 4, 2000 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The audience won't see Tay McEvers when the Laguna Playhouse production of "The Summer of the Swans" kicks off its two-weekend run tonight at the Moulton Theater. But her presence will certainly be felt. As stage manager, McEvers will have the entire production in her hands. Perched in the control booth high in back of the theater, she'll be responsible for starting the show and calling all of the lighting and sound cues via headset to technical crew members running the sound and light boards.
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October 1, 1991 | M.E. WARREN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"The Hobbit," based on the popular book by J.R.R. Tolkien, invites its audience on an adventure in a world of magic and monsters. In the production by the Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre, that world is spread out over the grounds of Anneliese's Willow Brook School, and the invitation is not to sit in a chair, but literally to follow hero Bilbo Baggins on his journey to conquer the dragon Smaug.
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January 18, 1990 | JAN HERMAN
Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre has been chosen to represent the United States at the First International Children's World Theater Festival, the Playhouse's general manager, Jody Davidson, said Tuesday. Davidson said the troupe hopes to make a splash at the April 13-21 festival in West Germany with several performances of "Troubled Waters" by prize-winning playwright Brian Kral. The festival will be held in the town of Lingen, near Dusseldorf.
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April 16, 1992 | CORINNE FLOCKEN, Corinne Flocken is a free-lance writer who regularly covers Kid Stuff for The Times Orange County Edition
Divorce doesn't happen overnight. Often, it is preceded by years of conflict that takes its toll on every member of a family. The effect on children of parental warring and divorce will be explored in "Doors" and "Other Doors," two companion one-act plays by Suzan Zeder opening this weekend at the Laguna Playhouse. Presented by the Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre under the direction of Kathleen Cannerozzi-Harris, "Doors" and "Other Doors" run Friday through April 26.
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October 11, 1989 | CORINNE FLOCKEN
The grown-ups call it environmental theater, but don't let that highbrow talk scare you: The Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre is offering a children's play that lets kids be kids. And this is one "Alice in Wonderland" that you can really get behind--or in front of or beside if you prefer. "Environmental theater means site-specific," said Jody Davidson, Laguna Playhouse general manager and co-director of the show with Scott Davidson and Joe Lauderdale.
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September 17, 1993 | CORINNE FLOCKEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In a scant 90 minutes, Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre drives home some of the points kids have spent years trying to get through their parents' thick skulls. Point One: Anything that starts off by making a huge noise can't be all bad. Point Two: If it's worth saying once, it's worth repeating. Often. Point Three: You don't have to break the piggy bank to have a good time.
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April 16, 1992 | CORINNE FLOCKEN, Corinne Flocken is a free-lance writer who regularly covers Kid Stuff for The Times Orange County Edition
Divorce doesn't happen overnight. Often, it is preceded by years of conflict that takes its toll on every member of a family. The effect on children of parental warring and divorce will be explored in "Doors" and "Other Doors," two companion one-act plays by Suzan Zeder opening this weekend at the Laguna Playhouse. Presented by the Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre under the direction of Kathleen Cannerozzi-Harris, "Doors" and "Other Doors" run Friday through April 26.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 1991 | M.E. WARREN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"The Hobbit," based on the popular book by J.R.R. Tolkien, invites its audience on an adventure in a world of magic and monsters. In the production by the Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre, that world is spread out over the grounds of Anneliese's Willow Brook School, and the invitation is not to sit in a chair, but literally to follow hero Bilbo Baggins on his journey to conquer the dragon Smaug.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 8, 1990 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The award-winning amateur Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre has challenged its actors and audiences in the past with plays set during the Depression and in Nazi Germany. Beginning tonight, it will take a fairy tale odyssey into the seldom-revived classic children's play, "The Blue Bird." Maurice Maeterlinck's turn-of-the-century work about two children who visit magic places is an allegory exploring values and personal growth, a fantasy search for what's most important to the human spirit.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 8, 1990 | CORRINE FLOCKEN
He's at that awkward age: too young for adult theater and too old (and far to cool) for "Winnie the Pooh." He wants to check out this theater thing, but if his friends found out. . . . Well, he'd just, like, die. Take note, Mom and Dad. "Code Breaker," a sci-fi adventure story by Pauline C. Conley, offers a painless, and possibly cool, entree to youth theater for your 10-to-mid-teens boy (or girl).
ENTERTAINMENT
December 19, 1989 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Joe Lauderdale and Scott Davidson, the directors of the Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre, thought of staging "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" in a local school auditorium, it undoubtedly seemed like a natural: Barbara Robinson's classic about the rough, tough, cigar-smoking Herdman kids--who take part in an annual holiday show only for the free eats and end up discovering the true meaning of Christmas--has a small town school auditorium as its setting.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 27, 1990 | JAN HERMAN
Mother Goose it's not. Nor the Brothers Grimm. So says Scott Davidson, who is quick to cite them as cliches of the "kiddie" mentality that the Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre has taken pains to avoid. "Why," he asks, "should children's theater have less depth than adult theater?"
ENTERTAINMENT
February 8, 1990 | CORRINE FLOCKEN
He's at that awkward age: too young for adult theater and too old (and far to cool) for "Winnie the Pooh." He wants to check out this theater thing, but if his friends found out. . . . Well, he'd just, like, die. Take note, Mom and Dad. "Code Breaker," a sci-fi adventure story by Pauline C. Conley, offers a painless, and possibly cool, entree to youth theater for your 10-to-mid-teens boy (or girl).
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