Get educated in theater skills

The Laguna Playhouse is kicking off the New Year with two theater education classes for adults.

Starting Tuesday, "Intro to Playwriting" will delve into the how-tos of creating, writing, directing and presenting a short play with only seven weeks at one's disposal. The course ends with a 10-minute showcase that is open to participants, family and friends. Till March 5, classes at The Laguna Playhouse run from 10:30 a.m. till noon. Admission to this class includes a single ticket to the first preview performance of the new musical "Having It All" on March 5.

Titled "Intro to Theatre: The Art and Business of Putting on a Show," the second class provides a bird's-eye view of production at The Laguna Playhouse. Featuring "Having It All," the class affords participants the opportunity to gain insight into a production from start to finish. There will be six 1:30 to 3 p.m. classes every Tuesday from Feb. 19 through March 28. Class attendees will also attend an 8 p.m. performance of "Having It All" on March 28, followed by a StageTalk.

For both, tuition is $250, while seniors, students, Players Club members and Laguna Beach residents receive a 25% discount. This fee includes admittance to the preview show of "Having It All."

"No experience is necessary," Playhouse artistic associate and literary manager Lauren Simon wrote in a press release. "Just come with a willingness to have fun and try something new."

Enrollment is limited. For more information, call the Playhouse box office at (949) 497-2787 or email

—Rhea Mahbubani

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