"Glittering Diamonds" was the name of LACC Theatre Academy's celebration of 75 years of history launching stars of stage, screen and behind the scenes. The evening was filled with song, stories, dramatic scenes, and video montages -- all focusing on the Academy's outstanding graduates.

Alumni including Cindy Williams ("Laverne & Shirley"), Mark Hamill ("Star Wars") and Hugh O'Brian (Wyatt Earp") regaled the audience with their fond memories of their days at LACC. -- [row 1]

Vocal talents like LACC grads Annette Cardona ("Grease" - the film), Diana Canova, Broadway star ("They're Playing Our Song") and Maggie Roswell (voices for the "Simpsons") showed off their pipes. -- [row 2]




 Tributes to alumni were many including a montage of former students highlighting the renowned careers of

James Coburn, Alexis Smith, Morgan Freeman, Donna Reed and Jeanette Nolan.   

Alumnus Michael Lembeck (original tour or "Grease" and Emmy-award-winning director of "Fiends") narrated a tribute to Broadway directing legend and LACC Alumnus Jose Qunitero. [right]

Alumna Linden Waddell  ("Cats") singing another of Bruce Kimmel's songs. Kimmel, also a former LACC student, is a Grammy-nominated theatrical music producer.  [left]


The contributions of the late

Pulitzer Prize playwrite and LACC alumus

Charles Gordone were recounted.

Then fellow alumni JaMar Welch (right)

and Clent Bowers (left)

performed a rousing monolog and ballad from "No Place To Be Somebody."

Alumni Bill Ewing (Former Columbia Pictures VP) and Shannon Roberts perform a duet.  [left]

Alumna Jessica Drake [center] performed a dramatic selection. [right]


Character actor Alex Henteloff doing a turn from "Fiddler on the Roof." [left]

Victor Love, in honor of his mentor Paul Winfield, also an LACC grad,  performed a monolog from Othello. [center] Directors Al Rossi, LACC Theatre Professor and Bruce Kimmel (Grammy-nominee) [right]


LACC's acclaimed Theatre Acadmey stresses the importance of exposure to both classical and contemporary theatre. Hands-on training is a cornerstone of the program with each student learning the principles, techniques and discipline to succeed in the entertainment industry. The Academy's proximity to Hollywood and its outstanding reputation open a wide variety of opportunities to students in front of and behind the curtain and camera.

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