"Americans All," a musical revue with music and lyrics by retired Orange County Judge James P. Gray, made its world premiere at Costa Mesa's Vanguard University on Sept. 16.
The production, which will run this weekend and next through Oct. 2, revealed budding, young talent from the Christian campus' award-winning department of theater arts.
Under the direction of Vanda Eggington, 10 theater and musical theater majors were brought together to collaborate with arranger Susan Boettger and Gray, the primary composer and lyricist, in creating an original musical. Gray writes a regular column for the Daily Pilot.
The production combines music, dialogue and poetry to examine and celebrate core American values, according to a Vanguard news release.
Gray, a long-time patron and supporter of Vanguard's theater program who lives in Newport Beach, used his first-hand encounters as an Orange County Superior Court judge to conjure the initial inspiration for the production.