The Holiday Gem

Critics

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Reviews: 1

Audience

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The Holiday Gem 2017 - Ring in the holidays at The Gem Theatre with a “fun for the whole family” holiday extravaganza! Backed by live musicians, stunning costumes and a whimsical set; Santa Claus, his tap dancing elves, and a cast of talented performers, kick off the season in true holiday fashion! Lighthearted, fun and entertaining, THE HOLIDAY GEM dazzles from start to finish. Both brilliantly spectacular and genuinely moving, THE HOLIDAY GEM is sure to create joyful memories that last a lifetime! Performances - November 24 through December 17. Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 pm, Saturday, Dec 2, 9 & 16 at 2 pm, and Sundays at 2 pm, at the Gem Theatre in Garden Grove, CA www.onemoreproductions.com 714-741-9550 X 221.

Reviews

Thomas deMartino
"Without a doubt, this is one of the best productions of “The Holiday Gem” in recent years."

sweet - Thom deMartino - Orange County Tribune - ...read full review


Shoko
"Artistic Director Damien Lorton has done it again. “The Holiday Gem” is an amazing hit musical that is sure to have to laughing, singing, and just plain have a grand old time. This is the third year I have seen this show and although it has changed throughout the years, it seems to get better every year. Sure sometimes the story changes, the characters may change, but the underlying story theme is the same… someone is seeking the meaning of Christmas or has lost the spirit of Christmas and by the end of the show the characters discover it… the magic of Christmas. What makes it special is that we can all relate to it. No matter how religious we are or how much we really know what Christmas is all about, we all fall into the trap of the hustle and bustle of Christmas… gifts, parties, baking cookies, school plays, Christmas decorating, etc. And somehow we forget what it's all about. And that's why this show is so near and dear to not only my heart, but for all of the audience attending. That's why I think this is a “must-see” show. It reminds us to take a step back, and sing the classic Christmas songs, sit back and just relax during this crazy time of running around to get things done. Treat yourself to great entertainment without breaking the bank (it's really affordable and free parking), without having to drive all the way to Los Angeles to see a show. Okay, now for the show. The entire cast is amazing. Johnny Guillies as Ernie and Megan Michell as Emma (the elves) are awesome. Guillies is the loveable, whacky elf that plays this role perfectly. Michell, on crutches, is the sensible one and I just love it when she talks to the audience about what she's really thinking. But sometimes I couldn't hear her comments. Maybe they should put a mic on her. It's so hilarious. I don't want to miss a word. The story begins as the GEM cast is rehearsing the holiday show and it's outrageous. Sophia Scarsi on her smartphone during the show and using SNAPCHAT app (so typical of today's youth), cast members complaining about the outfits, dance rehearsals, and Nicole Cassesso's reaction to Ernie and Emma who she thinks are audience members that came dressed up for audience participation. It's all too funny. I love the classic Christmas carols that they perform and the wild antics of Cassesso during some of the songs, especially in the “Dear Mr. Santa” number as she has the audience, including me, laughing so hard. Tad Fujioka just goes along with it all. So cute. Another standout performance by Mrs. Claus (Adriana Sanchez) with her Joanne Worley style singing the high notes show her incredible vocal range is absolutely amazing. And for younger audiences who do not know Worley, Sanchez does amazing job with that style and has introduced this style so beautifully. I really enjoyed it. The second act with the Charles Dickens costumes were amazing. They were beautiful to look at and they look so elegant when the actors were dancing as it flowed so well, with beautiful lines. The trio, Peter Crisafulli, Brandon Taylor Jones, and Nicole Cassesso was a beautiful mingling of songs. I loved the sing-a-long. I have always wanted to go Christmas caroling and once while in college, our group was at a friend's house for a Christmas party and we decided to go Christmas caroling around the neighborhood. It was cold and dark but I just loved caroling. This segment reminded me of those wonderful memories. The finale with the Santa machine and song was a great way to end the delightful evening. What's not to like about Santa and his tap dancing elves? Thank you, One More Productions for an amazing show. This is a classic, “must see” show. Hurry and get your tickets! Only a few more days left."

sweet - Shoko Araki


Thomas deMartino
"Without a doubt, this is one of the best productions of “The Holiday Gem” in recent years."

sweet - Thom deMartino - Orange County Tribune - ...read full review


Shoko
"Artistic Director Damien Lorton has done it again. “The Holiday Gem” is an amazing hit musical that is sure to have to laughing, singing, and just plain have a grand old time. This is the third year I have seen this show and although it has changed throughout the years, it seems to get better every year. Sure sometimes the story changes, the characters may change, but the underlying story theme is the same… someone is seeking the meaning of Christmas or has lost the spirit of Christmas and by the end of the show the characters discover it… the magic of Christmas. What makes it special is that we can all relate to it. No matter how religious we are or how much we really know what Christmas is all about, we all fall into the trap of the hustle and bustle of Christmas… gifts, parties, baking cookies, school plays, Christmas decorating, etc. And somehow we forget what it's all about. And that's why this show is so near and dear to not only my heart, but for all of the audience attending. That's why I think this is a “must-see” show. It reminds us to take a step back, and sing the classic Christmas songs, sit back and just relax during this crazy time of running around to get things done. Treat yourself to great entertainment without breaking the bank (it's really affordable and free parking), without having to drive all the way to Los Angeles to see a show. Okay, now for the show. The entire cast is amazing. Johnny Guillies as Ernie and Megan Michell as Emma (the elves) are awesome. Guillies is the loveable, whacky elf that plays this role perfectly. Michell, on crutches, is the sensible one and I just love it when she talks to the audience about what she's really thinking. But sometimes I couldn't hear her comments. Maybe they should put a mic on her. It's so hilarious. I don't want to miss a word. The story begins as the GEM cast is rehearsing the holiday show and it's outrageous. Sophia Scarsi on her smartphone during the show and using SNAPCHAT app (so typical of today's youth), cast members complaining about the outfits, dance rehearsals, and Nicole Cassesso's reaction to Ernie and Emma who she thinks are audience members that came dressed up for audience participation. It's all too funny. I love the classic Christmas carols that they perform and the wild antics of Cassesso during some of the songs, especially in the “Dear Mr. Santa” number as she has the audience, including me, laughing so hard. Tad Fujioka just goes along with it all. So cute. Another standout performance by Mrs. Claus (Adriana Sanchez) with her Joanne Worley style singing the high notes show her incredible vocal range is absolutely amazing. And for younger audiences who do not know Worley, Sanchez does amazing job with that style and has introduced this style so beautifully. I really enjoyed it. The second act with the Charles Dickens costumes were amazing. They were beautiful to look at and they look so elegant when the actors were dancing as it flowed so well, with beautiful lines. The trio, Peter Crisafulli, Brandon Taylor Jones, and Nicole Cassesso was a beautiful mingling of songs. I loved the sing-a-long. I have always wanted to go Christmas caroling and once while in college, our group was at a friend's house for a Christmas party and we decided to go Christmas caroling around the neighborhood. It was cold and dark but I just loved caroling. This segment reminded me of those wonderful memories. The finale with the Santa machine and song was a great way to end the delightful evening. What's not to like about Santa and his tap dancing elves? Thank you, One More Productions for an amazing show. This is a classic, “must see” show. Hurry and get your tickets! Only a few more days left."

sweet - Shoko Araki