The hit musicals "Follies," "Annie Warbucks" (the sequel to "Annie")
and "Into the Woods" will be in town during the 2003-04 season -- but
only briefly, and in three separate locations.
Laguna Beach's No Square Theater company has these shows on the
calendar for the coming season. However, each is scheduled for only
three days of performance, so you'd better get your reservations in
"Follies," with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, will kick
off the No Square season Aug. 9 to 11 in the Clubhouse 3 auditorium
at Leisure World, Laguna Woods. The show, which features the hit
single "I'm Still Here," focuses on a group of former Follies
performers, now well along in years, reuniting at the site of their
former glory -- which is about to be torn down.
Due to the renovation of the Artists' Theater at Laguna Beach High
School, No Square's usual summer home, the production of "Follies" is
being co-sponsored by the city of Laguna Woods and the Theater Guild
of Leisure World and will be performed in the 800-seat Clubhouse 3
theater in Leisure World. There will be a special round of auditions
at Clubhouse 3 in Leisure World for the Laguna Woods residents
Wednesday at 2 and 6 p.m.
Other auditions for "Follies" will be held at the No Square
Rehearsal Studio, 221 Broadway, Tuesday from 6 to 10 p.m. for
singers, Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. for dancers and Thursday from 8 to
10 p.m. for singers. Performers are asked to prepare a two- minute
song and bring sheet music in their key or recorded accompaniment and
to call for audition appointments at (949) 497-1950.
The theater group also will sponsor a special one-night-only
screening of the movie "Waiting for Guffman" at the Laguna Cinema on
Coast Highway. This flick, one of the gems from Christopher Guest and
his cast of crazies, is structured around a community theater theme
and should strike a few chords of recognition among the No Square
Leapin' lizards, she's back. The comic strip orphan Annie, whose
story became a popular family musical, will return to the boards Nov.
21 to 23 in "Annie Warbucks." It'll be the first staging of the show
locally, scheduled for the Forum Theater on the Festival of Arts
A second helping of Sondheim will be dished out Feb. 6 to 8 when
No Square mounts its production of "Into the Woods." This fractured
fairy tale involves some of your favorite storybook characters
interacting with one another in one of the composer's most popular
shows. It's scheduled for the Artists Theater at Laguna Beach High
No Square's final production of the season will be a non-musical
comedy. Among those under consideration are "The Philadelphia Story,"
"Loot" and "See How They Run."
For more information on the No Square season, call the group at
* TOM TITUS reviews local theater for the Coastline Pilot.