Production Staff

WHO’S WHO on Curtains Production Staff

PETER REYNOLDS

Director

PETER REYNOLDS  Artistic Director – Mauckingbird Theatre Company, Philadelphia; Head of Musical Theater, Temple University. Philadelphia area: Act II Playhouse, Media Theatre, Hedgerow Theatre, Candlelight Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Philadelphia Young Playwrights, Walnut Street Theatre, Curio Theatre, Cape May Stage and the Lenape Regional Performing Arts Center in New Jersey. Regionally: 6 years as Artistic Director of HealthWorks Theatre-Chicago, winner of the Award of Excellence in Prevention Education; Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre, HotCity Theatre-St. Louis, Chicago Dramatists, Theatre Building Chicago, Maples Repertory; Villanova Theatre, University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign, Drexel University, Arcadia University, and Southern Illinois University.

COLLEEN KREISEL

Choreographer

COLLEEN KREISEL is a Philadelphia-based performer, choreographer and teaching artist. Colleen has performed with many theaters in the region and nationally, including: The Walnut Street Theater, Act II Playhouse, The Media Theatre, The Candlelight Theater, Ocean City Theatre Company and The Broward Stage Door Theatre. She also toured North America with Vee Corporation’s MY LITTLE PONY LIVE! and SESAME STREET LIVE! ELMO MAKES MUSIC (Ernie). Colleen has worked as a choreographer on a variety of projects, and her credits span elementary school camps, theatre for young audiences, Broadway-style professional productions, and various dance/movement pieces. In 2014, Colleen started her Adjunct position at Temple University teaching Dance for Musical Theatre. She thanks Nick and her family for all of their love and support, and soon-to-be Baby Rieders for being the very best assistant choreographer.

GRANT UHLE

Musical Director

GRANT UHLE, hailing from Cincinnati, OH, holds a Master of Music from Temple University, where he has been a member of the adjunct faculty since 2012. Grant has performed with area theater and opera companies, and worked as a teaching artist and music director. Highlights include The Sisterhood with Mauckingbird Theatre Co., The Rake’s Progress with Curtis Opera Theatre, A Little Night Music at the Arden Theatre Co., and Le Nozze di Figaro with Temple Opera.

Jeff Reim

Scenic Designer

JEFF REIM Jeff’s work has been seen in numerous shows including Brigadoon, The Drowsy ChaperoneDirty Rotten ScoundrelsCamelotMonty Python’s Spamalot, MameNunsenseSteel MagnoliasHow to Succeed…, Young FrankensteinA Christmas CarolLittle Shop of HorrorsCATS, Miss Saigon, ...Spelling Bee, Legally BlondeThe ProducersAnything Goes, Fiddler on the Roof and many more. Jeff has also served as Musical Director for A Chorus Line, Bye Bye Birdie, Seussical The Musical, and Grease and as Director for Cabaret, The Sound of Music, Nunsense, and The Music Man. Jeff has also been seen on stage in such roles as Sancho in Man of La Mancha and Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast. His full-time performing arts career also includes work as a composer/lyricist and commercial film/voice-over actor, among other things. Jeff is a life-long New Jersey resident where he lives with his wife Barbara and sons Benjamin and Adam.

MATTHEW J. KATOR

Lighting Designer

MATTHEW J. KATOR is thrilled to return to Candlelight where his work was previously seen in Brigadoon, Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.  After receiving his BFA in Technical Theatre and Design from Lycoming College, Matthew went on to serve as Technical Director at the New Jersey Ballet, Quinlan Scenic Studios, Showmotion Inc., and spent nine years as Production Manager/Technical Director for Upper Darby Summer Stage/UDPAC. Currently, Matthew is serving as Department Chair of Theatre at Tower Hill School.  He would like to thank his friends, family, students and colleagues for their continued support but especially his children for understanding what it means when Daddy has a show. “Look, I made a hat!”

TARA BOWERS

Costume Design

TARA BOWERS This is Tara’s second season with Candlelight Theatre. She loves everything about this theater, mostly the people, the audience, the actors, and the production team here. Bob Kelly has a great thing going! Previously, at Candlelight, her costuming was seen in Brigadoon, She Loves Me, Funny GirlBarefoot in the Park, and Camelot. She also assisted with Sweeney ToddChristmas by Candlelight, Crazy for You, and Beauty and the Beast. Prior to Candlelight Tara’s work could be seen at Cab Calloway School of the Arts, Delaware Children’s Theatre, and The Everett Theatre. When not designing and sewing she is home with her amazing husband Rick.

Clayton Stacey

Hair, Wigs, and Make up

CLAYTON STACEY has been makeup and hair designer or assistant for many Candlelight shows including: Beauty and the Beast, Camelot, Crazy for You, Arsenic and Old Lace, Mame, Driving Miss Daisy and Legally Blonde. He has also designed for WDL’s Into the Woods, City Theatre’s Xanadu and Gypsy, DAST’s Jekyll and Hyde and The Drowsy Chaperone. As a performer, he has been in Candlelight’s productions of Christmas by Candlelight, Grease (Doody), Fiddler on the Roof  (2004 and 2014), Cabaret, Jesus Christ Superstar, and the Barrymore Award-nominated Chicago, to name a few, and was a producer of Candlelight’s Just Drag 14, Queens from the Crypt. He thanks his parents Cameron and Chlela for their love and support.

Amanda Gilles

Props and Set Dressing

AMANDA GILLIES loves the treasure hunt, creativity and making something out of nothing involved in her craft. For 35+ years as stage manager, scenic carpenter, and prop master, she has always said if you saw her on stage something was going wrong! She loves working with the wonderful people at Candlelight but be careful if you invite her to your house – she’ll probably ask to borrow something.

Cindy Zern

Production Stage Manager

CINDY ZERN has been fortunate to work both on the stage and behind the scenes at Candlelight since 2011. Other recent shows she has worked the technical side at The Candlelight Theatre include: The Drowsy Chaperone (PSM), Funny Girl (PSM), Spamalot (PSM), Camelot (Music Technician), Hairspray (ASM), Mame (ASM), Producers (ASM), Legally Blonde (ASM), Anything Goes (ASM). She hopes you enjoy all of the hard work the cast and crew have put into this show!