Production Staff

WHO’S WHO on Ain't Misbehavin Production Staff

DEVON SINCLAIRDirector/Choreographer

DEVON SINCLAIR

Director/Choreographer

DEVON SINCLAIR is a Philadelphia-based Director/Choreographer, Teaching Artist, and performer. The Penn State University graduate hails from Upper Darby, PA where he found his love of musical theatre. Although last seen on the Candlelight stage as Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast, this is Devon’s directorial debut for the Candlelight. His work has been seen across the Greater Philadelphia region at the Walnut Street Theatre, Broadway Theatre of Pitman, Ritz Theatre, and more! Devon brings an infectious energy and creativity to every show that raises the bar while honoring the legacy set before it. Devon is thankful to Bob for this opportunity, the staff/crew for their unrivaled support, and this dynamite cast for their consistent displays of true Black Excellence. As an artist, Devon’s visionary mindset has always prioritized our need to move forward and challenge standards that no longer serve its community. He believes theatre must continue to adapt and elevate the human experience. The power lies in the leaders, and we must inspire the leaders of tomorrow, today! Credits, media, and more can be found by visiting www.FiveSixDevonEight.com

JOSHUA SOMMERVILLEPianist /Musical Director

JOSHUA SOMMERVILLE

Pianist /Musical Director

JOSHUA SOMMERVILLE A native of Gaithersburg, MD, Joshua is a singer, pianist, music director, and composer who graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor of Science in Music. Joshua started his music journey at the age of 5 cultivating his skills at the piano. He began a professional career as a musician/choir director/singer at the age of 14. Throughout his musical journey, he has had the privilege of working with giants like the late Dr. Walter Turnbull (Director of the Harlem Boys Choir), Dr. Ysaye Barnwell (Grammy Award-winning Sweet Honey in the Rock), Stanley Thurston, Bill Colosimo, the late Dr. Karen Kennedy, Dr. Joyce Garrett, Stellar Award-nominated Patrick Lundy, Richard Odom, Dr. Stephen Holmes, Dr. Marco Merrick, Multi Grammy Award winner Twinkie Clark, Tony Award-winning and Grammy Award-nominated Melba Moore, and many more. He founded three semi-professional groups: His W.I.L. Community Choir, Unique Sounds of Love, and To Be Continued Youth Choir. Each group has been recognized and admired for their ability to sing multiple genres of music as well as their enticing stage presence. He also created the acclaimed workshop, How Much Do You Love It? which brings awareness, acceptance, and love to oneself, others, and the unknown. His workshop has traveled to Bermuda, Italy, Guatemala, Germany, and Africa. Joshua is the choral director at Elizabeth Seton High School in Bladensburg. He also tours as music director for the world-renowned choreographer Rennie Harris, and actively music directs productions within the private and public school systems. He also works with the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC as Assistant Conductor and also conducts one of their vocal ensembles, Seasons of Love.

MATTHEW J. KATOR

Lighting Designer

MATTHEW J. KATOR (Lighting Designer) is thrilled to return to Candlelight where his work was previously seen in Beehive: The 60’s Musical, Cabaret, Something’s Afoot (which didn’t get to open), Catch Me If You Can, South Pacific, Lend Me a Tenor, Curtains, Guys and Dolls, She Loves Me, 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, colleagues and his ’accomplice’ for their continued support but especially his children for understanding what it means when Daddy has a show. “Look, I made a hat!”

Jeff Reim

Scenic Designer and Painter

JEFF REIM Jeff’s work has been seen in numerous shows including Beehive: The 60’s Musical, Cabaret, Something’s Afoot, Christmas by Candlelight, Catch Me If You Can, South Pacific, Guys and Dolls, Curtains, Brigadoon, The Drowsy Chaperone, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Camelot, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Mame, Nunsense, Steel Magnolias, How to Succeed…, Young Frankenstein, A Christmas Carol, CATS, Legally Blonde, The Producers, Anything 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 Disney’s 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.

TIMOTHY LAMONT CANNON

Costumer

TIMOTHY LAMONT CANNON is excited to be working with such a talented cast. When not on stage performing, you can find Timothy working away to ensure that all the actors have costumes and other character-defining accessories. Past credits include Something’s Afoot, Catch Me If You Can, South Pacific, Hairspray, Spamalot, Young Frankenstein, A Christmas Carol, Christmas by Candlelight, Gypsy, Camelot, CATS, Seussical, Joseph…. Technicolor Dreamcoat, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Chicago, Jesus Christ Superstar, 42nd Street, West Side Story, Crazy for You, The Drowsy Chaperone, Evita, Bye Bye Birdie, and Steel Magnolias. Kudos to the cast and crew. A huge thank you to all who helped!!

Clayton Stacey

Hair, Wigs, and Makeup

CLAYTON STACEY has been makeup and hair designer or assistant for many Candlelight shows including Beehive: The 60’s Musical, Curtains, 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. Special thanks to Edwin Mahieu. He thanks his mother Chlela for her love and support.

Amanda Gilles

Props and Set Dressing

AMANDA GILLIES After 40+ years as stage manager, scenic carpenter, and prop master, Amanda is so thrilled to be back to the treasure hunt, the thinking and creating, and to be back working with the wonderful Candlelight Family. Amanda, owner of Proper Place Organizing, is a professional organizer by day. getorganized@properplacede.com Her friends and family (and acquaintances) are back to loaning their belongings!

Max Redman

Production Stage Manager

MAX REDMAN is happy to be back in the booth once again! Max
has been the PSM at Candlelight for Beehive, Guys and Dolls, Do Black Patent Leather Shoes…, Boeing Boeing, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Beauty and the Beast, Barefoot in the Park, Christmas by Candlelight (2016 & 2019), The Music Man, and Sweeney Todd. On-stage credits include: Candlelight Theatre: Clever Little Lies (Billy), Cabaret (Cliff), Catch Me if You Can (Agent Branton), South Pacific (Commander Harbison), She Loves Me (Sipos), The Drowsy Chaperone (Gangster #1), Crazy for You (Bela Zangler), Camelot (Sir Dinadan), Hairspray (Corny Collins), Monty Python’s Spamalot (Ensemble), Mame (Patrick Dennis), How to Succeed…(Mr. Bratt), Fiddler on the Roof (Perchik). Max sends his love to his wife Tori, as well as Mom, Dad, Katie, Stefano, Addie, Dixie and Daisy!

MURRAY HORWITZ

MURRAY HORWITZ is an American playwright, lyricist, radio broadcaster, and arts administrator. In 1973, after moving to New York City, Horwitz appeared in the one-man show, An Evening of Sholom Aleichem, directed by Richard Maltby, Jr. In 1976, Horwitz began working with Maltby to create Ain’t Misbehavin’, featuring the songs of Thomas ‘Fats’ Waller. The show opened on Broadway in 1978, winning multiple awards for Best Musical, including the Tony. Serving as Associate Director, Horwitz also wrote additional lyrics and won Emmy, Grammy, Obie, Tony, and New York Drama Critics’ Circle awards. In 1984, Horwitz wrote the book and directed André De Shield’s Haarlem Nocturne, an original musical revue, and in 1988, he was Associate Director for the Broadway revival of Ain’t Misbehavin’. Horwitz began his career with National Public Radio (NPR) in 1989, where he was instrumental in creating NPR’s game show, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! In 2002, Horwitz became the founding director of the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center.

RICHARD MALTBY, JR

BROADWAY: Conceived and directed two Tony Award-winning musicals: AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ (1978: Tony, N.Y. Drama Critics, Outer Critics, Drama Desk Awards — also Tony Award for Best Director); FOSSE (1999: Tony, Outer Critics, Drama Desk Awards); as well as RING OF FIRE, (2006). With composer David Shire: director/lyricist: BABY (1983, seven Tony nominations); lyricist: BIG (1996, Tony nomination: Best Score; also Dominium Theatre London 2019). With Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, co-lyricist: MISS SAIGON (Evening Standard Award, London 1990; Tony nomination: Best Score, 1991); co-lyricist: THE PIRATE QUEEN (2007). Director: THE STORY OF MY LIFE (2009). Director/co-lyricist: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s SONG & DANCE (1986 Tony Award for star, Bernadette Peters).
OFF-BROADWAY: with David Shire: director/lyricist STARTING HERE, STARTING NOW (1977, Grammy nomination) and CLOSER THAN EVER (1989, two Outer Critics Circle Awards: Best Musical, Best Score; also Off-Broadway Alliance Award, Best Musical Revival 2013; and London Jermyn Street Theatre 2014). Director: JUST JIM DALE, (Roundabout Theatre 2014, Vaudeville Theatre, London 2015). REGIONAL: Lyricist/conceiver, TAKE FLIGHT (Menier Chocolate Factory, London 2010; McCarter Theatre 2012); book and lyrics, WATERFALL (2015, Pasadena Playhouse and Seattle’s Fifth Avenue Theatre); Lyricist, new musical SOUSATZKA (2017, Toronto). FILM: Screenplay, MISS POTTER (2007: Christopher Award, best screenplay). Contributes cryptic crossword puzzles to Harpers Magazine. Son of well-known orchestra leader; five children: Nicholas, David, Jordan, Emily and Charlotte.

MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL (MTI)

MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL (MTI) is one of the world’s leading theatrical licensing agencies, granting theatres from around the world the rights to perform the greatest selection of musicals from Broadway and beyond. Founded in 1952 by composer Frank Loesser and orchestrator Don Walker, MTI is a driving force in advancing musical theatre as a vibrant and engaging art form.

MTI works directly with the composers, lyricists and book writers of these musicals to provide official scripts, musical materials and dynamic theatrical resources to over 70,000 professional, community and school theatres in the US and in over 60 countries worldwide.

MTI is particularly dedicated to educational theatre and has created special collections to meet the needs of various types of performers and audiences. MTI’s Broadway Junior™ shows are 30- and 60-minute musicals for performance by elementary and middle school-aged performers, while MTI’s School Editions are musicals annotated for performance by high school students.