The community theater founded by Bree Burgess Rosen will be presenting
its version of the hit British musical version of The Ugly Ducking,
“Honk,” from July 12 through 14 at Laguna Beach High School.
The studio where the production is currently in rehearsal at 221
Broadway was open to the public Thursday night. The open house included
an art exhibit by supporters of the theater group.
“All of the artists are amateurs,” Bree said.
Exhibitors included Laguna Beach High School senior Nicole Reineman, a
ballet student, who showed some of her photographs.
Laguna Beach graduate Gretchen Murray, who wants to go to the Art
Institute of Southern California in the fall, exhibited her watercolors.
Christian Rassinoux, the executive chef at the Ritz-Carlton, showed his
paintings, and Danita Crivello exhibited her pastels.
Danita and her husband, Vince, own Rumari.
“They have a two daughters who belt it out like Judy Garland on a good
day,” Bree said.
Last Saturday, No Square Theatre held a rummage sale at the studio to
raise funds for its productions and projects, including a scholarship
presented Wednesday night at the Laguna Beach High School Honors
All the theater’s financial support comes from grants, donations and
“We got wonderful stuff for the rummage sale,” Bree said.
The “stuff” included some Henredon furniture, two splendid teak
folding tables, an antique buffet, a roll-top desk, sofas, a bumper pool
table, an antique-style globe, pricey European skin care products for $1
each, small appliances, office equipment, about 100 brand new warmup
suits and a wooden Indian.
“We had this adorable wedding cake candle that burned for 12 hours,
which about as long as some marriages last,” said Pat Kollenda, a rummage
sale volunteer and No Square Theatre board member, as well as a
Former Arts Commissioner Kenny Anderson biped into the sale while his
wife, Bette, attended a meeting of Village Laguna, of which she is
president. Joseph Amster, of the Orange County Blade, bought a black
chef’s jacket for those formal gourmet dinners he cooks. Vince Croome,
who will celebrate 22 years with Joseph in September, was also among the
Also: Mark and Kathy Bosko, whose dog is named Rosco Bosko; Karen
McBride and her daughter, Heather; and Eleanor Henry.
Furiosos hair stylist Ricky Breco, who plays the bullfrog in “Honk,”
bought a fax machine.
Ricky bought the first 10 tickets to the first “Lagunatics.” It was
the first full-length production that Bree wrote and she hasn’t yet run
out of material.
“It’s endless -- this is Laguna,” Bree said. “But I will say that I
never dreamed that nine years later I would be writing a song about
She also didn’t know that she and husband, Leon, would be the parents
of bright-eyed youngster. She got the news in the middle of a
“Lagunatics” production and had to rewrite the script to accommodate her
burgeoning body. Of course, son Noah was at the rummage sale.
Volunteers included board President Phoebe Ward, Les Thomas, Sande St.
John, Lisa Morrice, Barbara Williamson and Ed Gazich.
Ed and his wife, Barbara, recently returned from a trip to New York
where they were in contact with actress Julie Harris, who appeared twice
at the Laguna Playhouse in the tour de force “Belle of Amherst.”
“Julie suffered a stroke about a year ago and completely lost her
speech,” Ed said. “But she is all the way back and is in rehearsal.”
The first word she spoke was “wonderful,” from a line in “Belle” that
had become a code word between the Gaziches and the star.
Some of the “stuff” for the rummage sale was left over from donations
made to gussy up the studio.
“People brought in all kinds of great things,” Bree said. “And Wells
Paint donated 50 gallons of premixed paint. We dumped it all in one big
bucket and painted the whole thing. Tom Ray Flooring installed a great
A shopping excursion at Ikea added some decorative items such as signs
for the bathrooms. The walls of women’s WC are hung with a history of the
theater group in costumes, including a couple worn by Councilman Steven
Dicterow in drag for “Lagunatics,” set off by some lengths of
leopard-print satin. The men’s room has a passionate purple light, a
parking meter and a car cutout used in a “Lagunatics” skit.
The room divider is a monster banner Bree bought from the Pageant of
the Masters for one sight gag in “Lagunatics” and has been storing ever
since. The studio piano is Bree’s, a present from her father when she was
No Square Studio is a busy place. Besides, rehearsing ‘Honk,’ the
group will hold auditions for amateurs 5 to 18 years old, from 3 to 7
p.m., June 17 and 18, for “Bugsy Malone.” Appointments are recommended.
Both “Honk” and “Bugsy Malone” will be staged at the Artists Theater
on the Laguna Beach High School campus, 650 Park Ave. “Honk” tickets are
$18. “Bugsy” will be performed Aug. 16 through 18. Tickets are $18 for
adults, $10 for children.
Workshops are also scheduled for the studio.
Broadway veteran Teri Ralston will conduct a musical performance
workshop starting June 29. USC Director Steve Josephson will direct a
creative theater workshop and performance, starting July 15. Jazz great
Karen Gallinger will begin a jazz singing workshop on July 18. Seattle
jazz artist Mary Lofstrom’s vocal improvisation series starts Aug. 5.
Saif Eddin will hold vocal auditions for the musical theater, starting
Tickets for the 10th annual “Lagunatics” will go on sale to No Square
members only on July 1. If there are any seats left, ticket sales will be
opened to the general public Sept. 1. For tickets or more information on
No Square Theatre productions, projects or programs, visit o7
nosquare.orgf7 or call 497-2584.
Good food and art were featured at The Laguna Board of Realtors annual
fund-raiser, held recently on the Art-A-Fair Grounds on Laguna Canyon
Road. It was bigger and better than ever, said Rick Gold, co-chair of the
“The crowd is a little bigger, an estimated 500 people; the bids on
the art are a little higher; there is more art and more restaurants, 13
this year,” Rick said. “It’s getting to the point where the restaurants
are calling us.”
Colleen Watkins was art chair. Dave Schaar, Rick’s co-chair, served as
auctioneer for works by local artists Jacobus Bass, Agnes Copeland, Rick
Delanty, Nancy Douglas, John Eagle, Jeffrey Horne, Brett Keast, Diane
Lloyd, Calvin Liang, Loraine Mullen-Kress, Donita Lloyd, Song Tian Liu,
Scott Moore, Sandra Jones Campbell, Tom Swimm, Sian Poeschl, Jenney
Riker, David Solomon, Willa Nogales Strupat, Barbara Turner, Helen Weld,
Marc Whitney and Caroline Zimmermann. Galleries that contributed included
Franks Fine Art Photography, Win Henstock, World Treasures, Tim
Howe-Marion Meyers, J. Kamin, Lu Martin, Pacific Edge featuring Marian
Bertran, Wendt Gallery, William Merrill and Wyland.
Restaurants that fed the corporal as the artists and galleries fed the
soul included Javier’s, Five Feet, Las Brisas, Mark’s, Woody’s, the Hotel
Laguna’s Claes, Sun Dried Tomato, Laguna Village Bistro, Salt Creek
Grille, The Beach House and China Bistro. Bianchi Vineyards donated the
wine. Starbucks donated the coffee.
Six tastes of food or drink cost $20. Realtor Ed Brown of South Laguna
Coldwell Banker sold tickets at the door. Laguna Beach resident Lance
Hall, who has had dealings with Ed, hung out at the ticket booth. Also
around: committee members John Hoover and Rick McIntire.
Other committee members included Dara Sandrini, Gayle Waite, Rich
Tusa, Nancy Makowsky, Bev Milosevic, Kathie Grant, Veeder South, Kevin
Kamm, Marcia Williams-Streech, Marsha Young, Cammie Klein, Farzan
Parvisi, Bob Hartman, Jerry Bieser and Mark Hild.
Taking a taste: Peter Jones from Pavilions, Councilwoman Toni Iseman,
Mike and council candidate Melissa O’Neal, insurance broker Pat Freeman,
Anita Mangels, Realtor Bobbi Cox and Mayor Wayne Baglin, a past president
of the Laguna Board of Realtors. Proceeds from “A Taste for Charity”
benefited Laguna Shanti, First Thursday Art Walk buses, four high school
scholarships and CSP Youth Shelter art.
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