The customer, they say, is always right, and the people who operate
Laguna Beach's No Square Theater are taking this maxim to heart.
The company is polling prospective audiences on its Web site
(www.NoSquare.org) not only on what show it should put on, but where
it should be staged.
No Square hasn't been able to book a Laguna venue for a summer
show, since both the Artists Theater at Laguna Beach High School and
the Forum Theater on the Festival of Arts grounds -- where the
company generally performs -- are unavailable.
The troupe is posing two questions to its audiences. First: "We
haven't been able to book a venue in Laguna for the summer. Would you
follow No Square Theater outside Laguna's 92651 Zip code? And if so,
where? The choices are Laguna Woods or Corona del Mar.
Thus far, Corona del Mar enjoys a virtual 2-1 lead over Laguna
Woods, with two voters opting for neither. As they say in politics,
all the returns aren't in yet.
As for what show to produce next November, Lagunans obviously are
enamored of the old Judy Garland movie "Meet Me in St. Louis." That
show has taken a huge lead over both "Babes in Arms" and "Annie
Warbucks" (the sequel to "Annie").
However, only 67 potential playgoers have cast their ballots, so
anything could happen between now and show time.
Meanwhile, the No Square Theater performers invite patrons to join
them the first Thursday of each month at their rehearsal studio,
located at 221 Broadway. The program includes complimentary wine,
entertainment and a glimpse of local artists' newest works.
The fun runs from 6 to 9 p.m., admission is free and no RSVP is
Laguna's only non-professional theater group now is 10 years old
and fighting to stay active. Earlier this year, the troupe presented
Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and a Kander-Ebb songfest,
"And the World Goes Round." The latter included a few pros (like home
town gal Teri Ralston, donating her vocal talents in the benefit
There's always room for more volunteer talent. If you'd like to
get involved, contact the No Square Theater at (949) 497-1950 or fax
them at (949) 497-2584.
* TOM TITUS reviews local theater for the Coastline Pilot.