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Gutless & Grateful is the one-woman musical autobiography of Amy Oestreicher, taking her audience on a journey of hope, resilience and gratitude.  

 Gutless and Grateful: The Deliciously Inspiring One-Woman Musical Comes to Massachusetts August 11th! The Firehouse Center for the Arts at 8pm!

Written and Performed by Amy Oestreicher

Lost a Stomach…Gained a Story:

An inspiring story of survival and determination, Gutless & Grateful is ideal for audiences of all ages.  The 70 minute performance can be customized for fundraisers, support groups, hospitals, non-profit organizations, theatres, cabarets, schools, conferences, seminars, motivational speaking engagements, and special events.

“Theatre comes down to amazing storytelling, and Amy Oestreicher has an astounding story to tell.”

-Broadway World

“Gutless & Grateful: A Musical Feast takes audiences on a musical journey of hope, determination, and perseverance as Amy Oestreicher shares her gratitude, her strength and her beautiful voice with the world.” – NightLife Exchange

“Gutless & Grateful: A Musical Feast” is a moving personal history told with grace and humor, and garnished with great songs sung from the heart.
-Paulanne Simmons (Times Square Chronicles)


Amy Oestreicher (see bio here) was an ambitious, audacious teenager who had her life all planned out: go to college, win a Tony, and conquer the world. But life took an unexpected detour when the week before her high school senior prom, she found herself in unusual pain. She was rushed to the emergency room, and due to a blood clot, Amy’s stomach exploded to the ceiling of the operating room. After both lungs collapsed, she almost died.

Months later, she awoke from a coma covered in tubes, bags, and drains, and was told that she had no stomach anymore, she could not eat or drink, and it was not certain if or when she would ever taste one bite ever again. It took 27 surgeries and over three years, but eventually, Amy was miraculously reconstructed, and with the intestines she had left, was given a system that digests food.

Come for an evening of inspiring story-telling and song as she shares the disappointments, the triumphs, and the humor – the challenges, the battles, and ultimately the gifts of what Amy received from this experience. It is a story of hope, determination, and perseverance a way to share her gratitude and strength with the world. Through the ups and downs, Amy’s fight proves that you never know what you are capable of until you are asked to the challenge  and the human spirit can prevail over any odds.

The Firehouse Center for the Arts hosts a wide variety of live performances throughout the year- from Firehouse Produced theater and professional musicians to comedy nights and local dance troupes, there’s something for everyone. Our intimate Arakelian Theater (191 seats) features excellent acoustics and there’s not a bad seat in the house. If you’re looking for excellent arts and live entertainment, (without fighting Boston traffic), then the Firehouse is the place for you.

 Catch it August 11th at 8pm!  Doors open at 7:30pm.


Tickets can be purchased online at, by calling our box office at 978-462-7336, or in person. Box Office hours are 12-5, Wed.-Sun., with extended hours on the days of performances. All ticket sales are final, non-refundable, and non-transferable.

Performance Calendar

See our calendar at To request quarterly mailings about upcoming shows, call 978.462.7336.


Parking is available in the municipal parking lots, which are free after 6PM. Please visit our website for a map detailing parking locations.


Restrooms are on the lower level of the Firehouse and are accessible by the stairway or the elevator located through the restaurant.

Wheelchair Access

The Firehouse staff is happy to help patrons in wheelchairs. Please inform the box office when you purchase your tickets so that we can guarantee appropriate seating.


Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of the management.

Food & Drink

The concessions sold at the Firehouse are for consumption in the lobby only. Outside food and drink are not allowed.

How to get to the Firehouse:

  • Take I-95 to Exit 57 (Newburyport)
  • Take Route 113 east to Green Street
  • Turn left on Green Street and take it to the end
  • Turn right on Merrimac Street
  • The Firehouse will be on your left; the address: Market Square
  • Parking is available in the waterfront lots on either side of the Firehouse
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