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Laughing Matters: An Update on Lagunatics 2018 and No Square Theatre

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23 October, 2018 By Lisa Farber

The latest edition of Lagunatics — our beach town’s favorite send-up of everything we love (and don’t) about our beloved city by the sea — is drawing to a close. But there’s still one weekend remaining for you to catch this annual 'Roast of the Coast.'

Laguna Beach Vibe readers proclaimed last year’s edition of Lagunatics the “Best Local Theatrical Production,” and many of our neighbors are still laughing — often quoting their favorite punchlines. As in years past, nothing and no one is spared in this musical theatre presentation of Laguna-related parodies and rhymes.

This year’s targets include our town’s sitting City Council members, of course. In addition, they’ve goaded our hillside goats, undergrounding our power line debate, Proposition P, pocket parks, the Village Entrance, our LBPD men and women in blue, Accessory Dwelling Units, public art, tree trimming, the Laguna Art Museum, parking fees, Gay Pride, candidates in the upcoming elections to fill City Council seats, and the return of the echinoderms.

The show’s creator & producer — No Square Theatre — is in the final stages of negotiating a new lease on performance space and, hopefully by early next year, will take over the entire top floor of its existing location at 384 Legion St. (that's expected to happen when Laguna Canyon Foundation moves to its new home in the Laguna Canyon).

The additional space will make room for even more children’s’ programming, space for additional cast members, as well as provide No Square with actual dressing rooms. And they’ll have much-need storage for the many hats, fake beards, uniforms and goat costumes that their cast finds itself donning on a near-nightly basis.

Fundraising at this point has become a critical issue. With performances currently staged in such a small venue, there are limits on how large No Square Theatre’s audiences can be, which means funding must come from somewhere else.

To that end, No Square’s 2018/2019 membership drive is well underway, and this coming Sunday night’s FinalaGala (Oct. 28) will feature catered food & beverages and a silent auction. If you have anything to donate to the silent auction — particularly electronics, vacation packages (including dining, drinking, entertainment, and shopping sprees) — please contact Sande St. John by calling (949) 633-9429.

Tickets for the final weekend performances are available online at www.NoSquare.org.

Lagunatics will be performed at 7:30 pm.this Friday and Saturday (Oct. 26 & 27), with a 5 pm FinalaGala at 5 p.m. on Sunday., Oct. 28. Prices for Friday & Saturday performances are $45 & $55. Sunday’s closing show features prices ranging from $100 and $110 (VIP).

No Square Theatre is located in Historic Legion Hall — 384 Legion Street.

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About the Author: Lisa Farber is the founder, publisher & editor-in-chief of Laguna Beach Vibe — Laguna’s only locally-owned arts and entertainment publisher & hyper-local media services provider.


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