A Chorus Line
A Broadway Musical

The hit Broadway musical high-kicks its way onto the GEM stage! September 9th - October 3rd 

 

A Chorus Line examines one day in the lives of seventeen dancers, all vying for a spot in the “chorus line” of a Broadway musical. After the first round of cuts, Zach, the director and choreographer, asks each dancer to speak about themselves. Discomfort opens into revelation, confession leads to redemption, and within the bright, outwardly homogenous chorus, the audience begins to see each dancer’s individuality. From Cassie, the star who just needs the “music and the mirror and the chance to dance,” to Val, a small-town girl with a brand-new big-town body, to Mike, who took his sister’s place in dance class, saying “I can do that.” Based on real Broadway dancers’ stories, as told to fellow dancer and choreographer Michael Bennett, A Chorus Line is funny, heartbreaking, and refreshingly honest.

Our mission statement: "To promote the finest in performing arts at an affordable cost. To educate, support, and raise awareness in the community through live performance. To create a theatrical experience of the highest quality that brings both respect and love for the arts."

Enjoy and hour of laughs, songs, and of course COCKTAILS! Our very own Nicole Cassesso and Damien Lorton invite your GEM Theatre favorites to share backstage secrets and perform some of their favorite songs. Airing Fridays on The GEM Theatre YouTube.

After a year away we are ready to re-open our doors. We have some very exciting things lined up for 2021, starting with a classic Always Patsy Cline. 

There are plenty of ways to get involved in keeping the arts in Garden Grove at the historic GEM Theatre. We have donation options large and small that can fit any budget and are 100% tax deductible! 

So far this season...

We are OPEN! 

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Always... Patsy Cline 

After over a year of lockdown we welcomed our family back home to the GEM April 24th- May 23rd with a OMP favorite, Always... Patsy Cline. Audiences flooded back to the theater to watch the magnificent Nicole Cassesso  reprise her role as Pasty Cline. 

Heart for the Arts 
Hearts are Wild!

On July 17th we celebrated the arts with our 17th anniversary gala, Heart for the Arts. This years celebration included a casino night where our guest could gamble and win raffle tickets for our incredible baskets. The night also included performances by Debbi Ebert, dancing by Kady and Race, and a preview of Cocktail Hour with Nicole and Damien. 

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Nicole & Damien 
Reflections
On Life After Lockdown 

For one weekend only Damien Lorton and Nicole Cassesso took the stage to reflect on their life after lockdown. During their cabaret Nicole and Damien shared stories, sang songs and welcomed you back home.

Debbi Ebert
DIVALICIOUS!
A Celebration of Women In Jazz

Renowned jazz artist, Debbi Ebert returned to the GEM stage with DIVALICIOUS! Celebrating the legendary Lena Horne, Debbi and a few special guest enchanted audiences with this one of a kind cabaret. 

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2019&2020

Season Highlights 

West Side Story 

June 11 - August 11, 2019

Book by Arthur Laurents

Music by Leonard Bernstein 

Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Directed by Damien Lorton 

Choreography by Alan Collins, Heather Holt-Smith, and Shauna Bradford 

Bright Star 

September 26 - October 20, 2019

Book by Steve Martin

Music by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell

Lyrics by Edie Brickell

Directed by Damien Lorton

Choreography by Heather Holt-Smith

Disney's Beauty and the Beast 

November 29 - December 22, 2019

Book by Linda Woolverton

Music by Alan Menken

Lyrics by Tim Rice 

Directed by Damien Lorton 

Choreography by Alan Collins, Heather Holt-Smith and Kady Lawson

Bright Star 

September 26 - October 20, 2019

Book by Steve Martin

Music by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell

Lyrics by Edie Brickell

Directed by Damien Lorton

Choreography by Heather Holt-Smith

Disaster! The Musical 

February 28 - March 24, 2019 

Book by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick

Directed by Damien Lorton

Choreography by Heather Holt-Smith, Shauna Bradford and Alan Collins

NINE

April 25 - May 29, 2019

Book by Arthur Kopit

Music and Lyrics by Maury Yeston

Adaptation from The Italian by Mario Fratti 

 

Directed by Damien Lorton

Choreography by Heather Holt- Smith 

West Side Story 

July 11 - August 11, 2019

Book by Arthur Laurents

Music by Leonard Bernstein 

Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Directed by Damien Lorton 

Choreography by Alan Collins, Heather Holt-Smith, and Shauna Bradford 

Guys & Dolls 

February 27 - March  14, 2020

Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows

Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser

 

Directed by Damien Lorton 

Choreography by Heather Holt-Smith, Kady Lawson and Race Chambers 

Guys & Dolls

February 27 - March 14, 2020 

Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows

Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser

 

Directed by Damien Lorton 

Choreography by Heather Holt-Smith, Kady Lawson and Race Chambers 

West Side Story 

July 11 - August 11, 2019

Book by Arthur Laurents

Music by Leonard Bernstein 

Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Directed by Damien Lorton 

Choreography by Alan Collins, Heather Holt-Smith, and Shauna Bradford 

NINE 

April 25 - May 19, 2019

Book by Arthur Kopit 

Music and Lyrics by Maury Yeston

Directed by Damien Lorton

Choreography by Heather Holt-Smith

Disaster! The Musical 

February 28 - March 24, 2019 

Book by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick

Directed by Damien Lorton

Choreography by Heather Holt-Smith, Shauna Bradford and Alan Collins

Bright Star 

September 26 - October 20, 2019

Book by Steve Martin

Music by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell

Lyrics by Edie Brickell

Directed by Damien Lorton

Choreography by Heather Holt-Smith

Disney's Beauty and the Beast 

November 29 - December 22, 2019

Book by Linda Woolverton

Music by Alan Menken

Lyrics by Tim Rice 

Directed by Damien Lorton 

Choreography by Alan Collins, Heather Hold-Smith and Kady Lawson 

Bright Star

September 26 - October 20, 2019

Book by Steve Martin

Music by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell

Lyrics by Edie Brickell

Directed by Damien Lorton

Choreography by Heather Holt-Smith

West Side Story 

July 11 - August 11, 2019

Book by Arthur Laurents

Music by Leonard Bernstein 

Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Directed by Damien Lorton 

Choreography by Alan Collins, Heather Holt-Smith, and Shauna Bradford 

Disney's Beauty and the Beast 

November 29 - December 22, 2019

Book by Linda Woolverton

Music by Alan Menken

Lyrics by Tim Rice 

Directed by Damien Lorton 

Choreography by Alan Collins, Heather Hold-Smith and Kady Lawson 

Bright Star 

September 26 - October 20, 2019

Book by Steve Martin

Music by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell

Lyrics by Edie Brickell

Directed by Damien Lorton

Choreography by Heather Holt-Smith

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