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Laguna Playhouse Chief Artistic Director Exits
The Executive Producing Director at Laguna Playhouse resigned Wednesday after a six-year run with the community cornerstone that celebrated its 100th season last year .
Ellen Richard came to the Playhouse in April 2016 after working as Executive Director of the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco . She has served as Executive Producing Director since February 2020 .
“ Ellen led the Playhouse through the most difficult challenge the Playhouse has faced in its 100-year history , being closed for almost two years as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic ,” the Laguna Playhouse Board of Directors said in a statement . “ We thank her for her service , and wish her all the best in her future endeavors .”
A new interim artistic director for the playhouse will be announced in the coming weeks , according to a press release .


Ellen Richard has stepped down from the top role at Laguna Playhouse . Photo courtesy of Laguna Playhouse
since the pandemic ’ s start .
Over 200 club members enjoyed winning prizes , face painting , shaved ice , and a petting zoo .
“ We want this event to be a celebration of fun and everything that is good about childhood . The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach are in the business of making childhood
There were inflatable slides and obstacle courses for Club members to climb and race sponsored by Chris Tebbutt of Compass and Louis Weill of Berkshire Hathaway . Carnival games such as flamingo ring toss , Plinko , Zap a Mole were sponsored by Danielle Purcell from Team Laguna . much coveted swag of the Club members .
Merchsource in Irvine , very generously donated carnival prizes which included robotic dinosaurs , FAO Schwarz cuddly toys and so much more . Hobie gifted prizes and Air Raid Flag football .
Cultural Arts Center to celebrate the town ’ s counterculture history
The Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center will revisit Laguna ’ s role in the counterculture movement with a series of events highlighting the town ’ s hippie history from Sept . 8 to 17 .
Stories from the three-day Happening in Laguna Canyon in December 1970 live on in popular culture , said Rick Conkey , founder and director of the Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center .
“ It was a watershed moment that enshrined Laguna Beach in hippie history ,” Conkey said . “ Despite its darker side , I prefer to celebrate the movement ’ s positive ideals — antiwar , women ’ s rights , vegetarianism , environmentalism and more . It ’ s a culture we can learn from , and it is
The Carnival Came to Town !
All five of the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach sites recently came together for the Club ’ s first carnival
memories ,” the Club ’ s management said in a statement ,
Laguna Beach police attended to man wheel of fortune games and
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