“ Our Town , Our Paper ” lagunabeachindy . com MARCH 15 , 2024 | Volume XXI , Issue 11

LBHS Theatre ’ s ‘ Mean Girls ’ a Must See This Weekend

By Sophia Callisto , Special to the Independent
On Friday , March 8 , the LBHS Theatre Program opened its Spring musical production of Mean Girls , and it was — you guessed it — so fetch . The cast and crew of nearly 60 students and staff have been working for the past 10 weeks under the direction of Meghan Minguez-Marshall to bring this production to life .
Mean Girls , originally a film written by Tina Fey and later adapted for the stage , opened on Broadway in 2018 . It tells the story of Cady Heron , a naive teenager who transfers to an American high school after growing up homeschooled in South Africa . There , she encounters The Plastics , the school ’ s A-List girl clique . At the persuasion of her two new friends , Janis and Damian , Cady infiltrates The Plastics and devises a plan to take down the group ’ s infamous leader , the queen bee , Regina George . The story engages the audience in a raw and real look at the realities of social structures and stereotypes , interpersonal relationships , and the journey of one ’ s growth and personal
Senior and powerhouse vocalist TJ Simmons ( standing on table ) plays Regina George in Laguna Beach High School Theatre ’ s performance of Mean Girls . Photo courtesy of LBHS Theatre

Residents ’ Concerns in Deep End Over City ’ s Pool Project

Pageant of the Masters to Host Second Casting Call on March 28

By LB Indy Staff
The Pageant of the Masters is holding a second open casting call on Thursday , March 28 , from 7 to 9 p . m . at the Forum Theater on the Festival of Arts grounds . This casting call aims to primarily recruit female volunteers for its upcoming summer production , “ À La Mode : The Art of Fashion ,” which will run from July 6 to Aug . 30 .
Following the successful turnout at the casting call held in January , the Pageant is still seeking women applicants of diverse ages and ethnic backgrounds , specifically those with heights ranging from 5 ’ 1 ” to 5 ’ 5 ” and 5 ’ 8 ” to 5 ’ 10 .” Additionally , there are some opportunities for male roles as well . No prior theater experience is necessary , the only requirement is the ability to stand still and have fun . Volunteering in the Pageant also allows high school students to achieve 109 hours of community service in one summer .
This casting call will coincide with a Pageant rehearsal , offering casting hopefuls a glimpse into this year ’ s production and the process of making a living picture . Since rehearsals are typically closed to the public , attending the casting call provides a rare
By Jackie Connor , Special to the Independent
Laguna Beach city council members voted unanimously to explore options for building a new 25-meter community swimming pool as an alternative to pursuing joint use of Laguna Beach Unified School District ’ s ( LBUSD ) planned expansion of a 50-meter pool at Laguna Beach High School ,
with the option to pursue both . This comes after LBUSD announced they would spend $ 150 million to expand Laguna Beach High School ’ s facilities , despite decreasing student enrollment .
Mayor Sue Kempf and councilmember Bob Whelan , appointed as the subcommittee in October 2023 , shared that after extensive discussions
with LBUSD , Sensible Laguna community members and city staff , Kempf and Whelan asked the community to weigh in on three options presented by staff : jointly use and help fund the $ 19 million 50-meter pool with LBUSD , and contribute upwards of $ 13 million toward the pool ’ s remodeling project ; build a separate 25-meter community pool at an undetermined
location costing up to $ 13.3 million , which includes infrastructure and staff , or pursue a combination of both options .
Mayor Kempf shared that the subcommittee aimed to make sure LBUSD considered the city ’ s in reference to various aquatics programs , such as lap




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