Throughout the year, One More Productions hosts a number of events, as well as fundraisers for the community. Feel free to browse through the collection of events, with photos and videos!
"The Nifty Fifties" Dinner & Dance Fundraiser
June 8, 2013
The Women's Civic Club of Garden Grove is hosted "The Nifty Fifties" Dinner & Dance Fundraiser to raise money for One More Productions. The evening was all about good old fashion fun, fundraising and Rock & Roll! Guests enjoyed a Three Course Dinner, Hula Hoop and Costume contests, Door Prizes and a special live performance from some of OMP's brightest stars. The evening was a huge success, raising over $3000.
May 1, 2013
The GEM Theater slowly comes back to life as final preparations are made to re-open.
Dine Under The Stars At The Moving Wall
October 8, 2011
The Vietnam War Museum of America Foundation (VWMAF) hosted its first fundraising event in an effort to launch awareness to their mission of developing a Vietnam War Museum in Garden Grove. ‘Dine Under the Stars at The Moving Wall’ was held at Garden Grove Park. In conjunction with the dinner, the VWMAF sponsored a five-day visit of The Moving Wall to Garden Grove, from October 6 through October 10.
Event guests received private tours of the Educational Center, temporarily housed in the Sports and Recreation Complex, showcasing Vietnam War-era memorabilia donated from those who served and their family members.
Ed Arnold, an anchor on KOCE-TV’s “The Real Orange,” longstanding announcer of the Crystal Cathedral’s “Hour of Power” and former sports broadcaster for KTLA News, was emcee at the event and the talents of One More Productions were the night’s entertainment in the musical tribute to the Beatles, under direction of Damien Lorton.
Memorial Day Fire
May 31, 2011
In the early morning hours of May 31, 2011, a fire broke out in the upstairs quarters of The GEM Theater. Although most of the theater was spared from the blaze, many costumes and sets were lost, and up to $500,000 in damage was sustained. The fire happened days before the next musical Chicago was slated to open. The production run was shortened and moved to the outdoor theater next door.
Signs of life are returning to the GEM Theater as construction is well under way. The roof has been completed and the theater is on its way to being in full swing again. We thank you for all your support and patience as we work to recover from this devastating tragedy.
An Evening with Beth Hansen
January 21–29, 2011
In January 2011, One More Productions featured a caberet-style show An Evening with Beth Hansen, starring actress and singer Beth Hansen, who appeared in the hit musical Company for One More Productions during the 2009-2010 season. Supported by a live on-stage jazz trio, she performed musical theatre’s most memorable moments and hit songs.
"I’ve been involved in musical theatre for more than 30 years and have worked in venues on both coasts, so I have many anecdotes about my life in the theater...I combine those stories with some of my favorite songs from Broadway shows, including music by Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and many others—all the music I adore."
Speech and Language Development Center Fundraiser
December 4, 2010
Following the tremendous success of A Swingin' Big Band Christmas the previous year, One More Productions, in partnership with Bobbie and Jim Stovall, reunited to produce the second annual SLDC fundraiser. Guests were once again given the star treatment, entering the exquisitely decorated theater on a red carpet and being greeted with a glass of champagne and the smooth sounds of a three-piece jazz combo. Decadent hors d'oeuvres and desserts were also served by some of OMP's wonderful performers, while guests mingled and enjoyed tasty cocktails from the martini bar.
The evening continued with a special performance of One More Productions, The Holiday GEM, a spectacular revue featuring some of the most beloved holiday songs of all time as well as an appearance from Santa Claus and his elves! Following the performance, the renowned 13-piece big band, The Mike Henebry Orchestra took to the stage, dazzling the crowd with the sounds of the 1940's swing era.
As the evening came to a close, guests were once again wowed as they gathered outside The GEM to experience one more piece of holiday magic; snow falling around the theater! For the second year in a row, the event was an incredible success, with over $40,000 raised for The Speech and Language Development Center.
An Evening with Bobbie Stovall
September 24, 2010
On September 24, 2010, the incomparable Bobbie Stovall took the stage at The GEM Theater for a one night only special event, "Bobbie Stovall, An Evening of Her Great American Songbook." Accompanied by Jeff Segal on drums and Pat La Vergne on bass, with special Guests Nicole Cassesso, Shawn Escalante and Damien Lorton on vocals, she dazzled the audience with her extraordinary musical stylings and charming anecdotes of her life and love of music.
A native of Seattle, Washington, Bobbie Stovall began playing the piano before she was two years old. Her early years before leaving Washington were spent as a classically trained pianist focusing on early music, especially the Baroque period at the Stephen Balogh Conservatory. As her studies continued she became more interested in Jazz, studying under Jazz great Gaylord Jones. At just 12 years old, Jones presented her as his protégé on KING-TV in Seattle. She completed a music scholarship degree at the University of Arizona.
Bobbie put her musical career on hold for a time to focus on raising a family with her husband Jim. Together they raised Tina and Scott.
Today, Bobbie has incorporates her early classical training, mixing her background in harpsichord tuning and early jazz, creating a style all her own — more of a classical jazz. She enjoys bringing pleasure to a crowd through her music, and hopes an audience can feel her inner passion. She loves playing for small intimate venues, as well as private parties and corporate events.
Bobbie wishes to thank her husband Jim and her family for their support and Damien and Nicole for giving her the opportunity to present her “Great American Songbook” with a stage show of its own."
End of Summer Open House & BBQ
September 11, 2010
On September 11, 2010, the GEM Theater hosted an Open House and BBQ. Guests were given tours of the theater, getting an exclusive behind the scenes look at our costume and scenic shops with our resident designers and production staff. They were also treated to a sneak peek of our production of "Damn Yankees" which was in rehearsal. The event was catered by Lamron Catering and Event Management. Thank you for everyone who dontated their time to make the event possible and to all of our wonderful supporters for attending!
Two-year Anniversary Celebration
July 11, 2010
One More Productions celebrated its two year anniversary at The GEM Theater on July 11, 2011 with a dazzling event. The evening was kicked off with a ribbon cutting ceremony and dedication of the theater lobby to arts benefactors, Bobbie and Jim Stovall, who also donated a stunning crystal chandelier for the lobby. The event, which took place on The GEM Theater stage, was attended by over 100 of One More Productions patrons who were treated to an impressive 5-course dinner with wine pairing, created by executive chef, Cody Storts, of Lamron Catering and Event Management.
Guests enjoyed entertainment by a three-piece jazz combo, including the piano stylings of the renowned, Bobbie Stovall, and performances from some of One More Productions talented entertainers, who also doubled as the catering staff for the evening.
Speech and Language Development Center Fundraiser
December 9, 2009
The Speech and Language Development Center is an extraordinary organization brought to the attention of One More Productions by Bobbie and Jim Stovall. The organization was founded in 1955 by Dr. Aleen Agranowitz and Gladys Gleason and is a non-profit school and therapy center. SLDC serves 350 children and young adults who have special needs in language, learning, and/or behavior.
Dedicated to giving back to the community, One More Productions teamed up with the Stovall's to produce a stunning special event and fundraiser for the organization, A Swingin' Big Band Christmas. Guests were given the star treatment, entering the exquisitely decorated theater on a red carpet and being greeted with a glass of champagne and the smooth sounds of a three-piece jazz combo. Decadent hors d'oeuvres and desserts were also served by some of OMP's wonderful performers, while guests mingled and enjoyed tasty cocktails from the martini bar.
One More Productions also whipped up an unparalleled evening of entertainment that included an original holiday revue, followed by the vocal stylings of Miss Marie Kelly, and closing with the impressive sounds of the 1940's from 13-piece big band, The Mike Henebry Orchestra).
The event was a smashing success and raised over $40,000 for The Speech and Language Development Center.
Stanley Elementary Visits The GEM
June 29, 2009
One More Productions is dedicated to making the arts accessible for the entire community, especially kids. Knowing the importance of theater for children, not only as an outlet, but also as an educational tool, OMP is committed to giving them an opportunity to experience theater in hopes of fostering a lifelong passion and respect for the arts.
OMP teamed up with the Garden Grove Unified School District and teacher, Tina Luis, to bring students to The GEM Theater for an educational field trip. After receiving an educational grant from the Disney organization, Mrs. Luis arranged for 350 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders from Stanley Elementary School to attend the field trip to the theater. The students were treated to a live musical performance followed by a tour of the stage, costume and scene shops, and back stage area. The kids were given a behind-the-scenes look into the inner workings of the theater and how a production is built from the ground up. OMP staff members were on site to give presentations to the kids describing their role in the theater from performance to back stage work.
Thank you to Stanley Elementary and Mrs. Luis for coordinating the event and to the OMP staff for volunteering their time.
One-year Anniversary Celebration
June 10, 2009
One More Productions marked its one year anniversary at The GEM Theater by hosting a spectacular event on the theater's stage, which was dressed with the Into the Woods set, in anticipation of the musical's opening. The celebration was attended by over 100 of the theater's patrons, including the City of Garden Grove's, Mayor Dalton, who presented OMP with a Proclamation commemorating the anniversary. Guests were treated to a unique five-course dinner with wine pairing created by executive chef, Cody Storts of Lamron Catering and Event Management.
Some of OMP's most talented performers were on hand to provide first class entertainment for guests as well as doubling as the catering staff for the event. Theater friend and patron, Bobbie Stovall, also surprised and dazzled guests with her piano stylings. The evening was an incredible success and provided a wonderful opportunity for all those involved in making One More Productions a success to come together and celebrate the incredible accomplishment of making it through the first successful year of bringing wonderful theater back into the historic GEM Theater and the City of Garden Grove.
GEM Theater Grand Opening
June 28, 2008
Be sure to read the Orange County Register Article about the GEM Theater Grand Opening.
On a sunny Saturday morning, the 28th of June, 2008, hundreds of people came to witness the re-opening of the GEM Theater, which had been abandoned the last few years. The city-assisted ribbon-cutting ceremony was followed by several breath-taking performances by numerous cast members involved in the shows for the upcoming season.
In case you missed it, download a transcript of Damien Lorton's speech (Adobe Reader required) prior to the ribbon-cutting moment!