Playhouse a Focal Point for Area Culture

Laguna Beach has a long tradition of doing its utmost to foster the arts.  The city is famed for its many art galleries and festivals devoted to the arts.  The Laguna Beach playhouse aims to keep this spirit alive by bringing to the community a rich pageantry of shows, concerts, and plays.  Patrons return over and over remembering the rewards the playhouse has brought them through performances that range from comedy through drama with all types of music scattered in between

The playhouse features stage classics along with the best work of the contemporary scene.  The playhouse stages a full range of productions in the Moulton Theater that conform to the highest professional standards.  It seeks to plumb the depths of the human spirit and reach for the limits of performance art.  It strives to be an active member of the local community and to foster the arts through educational outreach.  A significant number of artists reside in the local area, and the playhouse often works in conjunction with them to realize the full potential an active theater group can have on the artistic soul of the city

The Laguna Playhouse along with the Moulton Theater is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Road. Laguna Beach, CA92651.  Information and tickets may be obtained by calling 949-497- 2787, by visiting their website at http://www.lagunaplayhouse.com, or by visiting thier ticket office during business hours,

Playhouse Grew with the City

A group of devotees to the dramatic arts launched the Laguna Playhouse on October 22, 1920.  No formal theater existed in the early years.  Instead, dramatic readings and plays were performed in the homes of patrons.  The first theater site opened in 1924 along Ocean Ave. in the downtown area of Laguna Beach

The theater was bought by the city during the Great Depression and then leased back to the playhouse company.  During the World War II era, the playhouse was especially active in providing entertainment for troops and staging shows by the USO

The 50’s and 60’s saw the playhouse maintain an active schedule whose enlargement pointed up the need to secure a larger venue to accommodate the growing popularity of productions

The Mouton Theater was constructed for this purpose in 1969.  It was built with private funding on a city owned parcel of land.  The site along Laguna Canyon Road was emblematic of the rapid growth occurring throughout Orange County at the time.  The quality of programming the playhouse had a reputation for providing allowed it to increase the size of its audience at the same rapid pace

After reaching agreement with the Actors Equity Association, the playhouse attained the status of professional nonprofit theater in 1996.  In the 16 seasons that have followed, the playhouse has continued to garner accolades and awards for professional excellence

Today more than 100,000 people attend a theater performance each year.  The Laguna Playhouse Youth Theater is heralded for having one of the finest youth outreach programs in the country.  This will continue the pattern of excellence for generations