Michael Stern, founder and artistic director of the Corona Civic Light Opera, died of an aneurysm April 24 in Corona, Calif. He was 56.

Services for Stern will be held at May 19 at 7 p.m. at Heritage Park in Corona.

Stern starred in stage roles opposite thesps including Walter Matthau, Dorothy Lamour, Jane Powell, Debbie Reynolds and Christopher Reeve. A classically trained actor, dancer and singer, he studied under Harvey Lembeck and Shelly Winters. He appeared in musicals including “Stop The World,” “Two By Two,” “Me and My Girl,” “Marat-Sade” and “ThreePenny Opera.” He also toured the country in a one man show, “Michael Stern in Concert” and appeared in films and television commercials.

Stern established the Corona Civic Light Opera in 2002, which staged musicals “G.I. Jills” and “Forever Broadway.”

Born in Modesto, Calif., he graduated from Cal State Stanislaus.

He is survived by his life partner James Stacy; three daughters and three grandchildren.

Donations may be made to the American Heart Assn., 816 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90017.