Damien Lorton is an actor, singer, director, producer, and instructor. He found his calling in 2004 when he and Nicole Cassesso co-founded One More Productions with the hope of creating and producing quality theater at a professional level and an affordable cost, making the arts accessible for everyone in the community. Since co-founding One More Productions, Damien has produced and directed over 100 fully staged musicals, plays, new works, events, and fundraisers, helping to raise over $200,000 for other non-profit organizations. He has been honored with The LA Times Man of the Year Award, 101 Most Influential People by the Daily Pilot, The Paul Harris Fellow Award, The St. James Family Honors Award as well as being recognized by The City of Garden Grove in appreciation of significant contributions made to the community. Damien was also named the 2020 Citizen of the Year Americana Award Winner. Damien is also a mentor and vocal coach. In his time as an instructor, he has seen over 40 of his students continue their passion at some of the top colleges and performing arts institutions throughout the country. He loves his connection and giving back to the younger generation through music and art. In his off time, he enjoys resting at home, cooking, and sharing his food and laughter with friends. He loves to be with his amazing animals, three beautiful dogs; Holly “the moose,” Olive and Rocky and one wonderful cat whose name is Cat. Damien looks forward to the next generation of performers to walk through the doors and continuing to create art for the community. He preaches to them all, “It’s bigger than you!” @ompdamien
Matthew Rangel is twenty-two-years old and so excited for his eighth stage appearance with OMP at The GEM having appeared in All Shook Up, Oklahoma, Gypsy, Joseph/Dreamcoat,A Chorus Line, The Holiday Gem, Avenue Q, SpongeBob and Into the Woods. Although born and raised in California, he moved to New York City shortly after high school, and hopes to soon return to further pursue his musical passions, and to continue his training and preparation for a career in the arts. He is grateful to his friends and family for their love and support and would like to thank all of those involved in the production for welcoming him and bringing theater back into his life! @mattjrangel
Peter Crisafulli is once again thrilled to be hitting the stage at The GEM—or as he likes to call it—his second home. Recent credits include Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast, Patrick in SpongeBob the Musical, Nicky/Trekkie/Bad Idea Bear in Avenue Q, and Ali Hakim in Oklahoma. By day, Peter works as a corporate trainer for a prestigious investment company, but theatre is where his true passion lies. Peter studied theatre at the University of California, Irvine where he got to travel to New York and study with Broadway casting directors and choreographers. He even got to make his off-Broadway debut in the original musical, Sally Peaches. Peter would like to thank Damien, Dan, and Nicole for keeping live theatre alive in Orange County and for these great opportunities. He would also like to thank his husband, Victor, who you might recognize at the box office! Follow me on Instagram: @peter_butter. Enjoy the show!