Production Staff

WHO’S WHO on Best of Candlelight Theatre Production Staff

Bob Kelly

Director

BOB KELLY (Director) Best of Candlelight marks his 34th directorial effort at “the barn.”  Past shows include Clever Little Lies, Cabaret, Lend Me a Tenor, Brigadoon (Barny – Best Show), Boeing Boeing (Barny – Best Director), Camelot, Chicago, Guys and Dolls, Man of La Mancha, A Chorus Line, Fiddler on the Roof (Barny – Best Director), Driving Miss Daisy, The Producers (Barny – Best Director), Sweeney Todd, The Secret Garden (Best Show/Director, Broadway World), as well as Christmas by Candlelight (2012, 2013 Barny – Best Show, 2019). As an actor, Bob has been seen locally at the Arden, Walnut Street Theatre, Eagle Theatre, People’s Light, the Arts Bank, and the Annenberg Center. TV credits include: Hack (with David Morse), Homicide: Life on the Street (with Andre Braugher), America’s Most Wanted, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Danny DeVito), Unsolved Mysteries, Political Animals (Sigourney Weaver), the mini-series George Washington (Barry Bostwick, Patty Duke) and, most recently husband to Sally Field in the AMC series Dispatches from Elsewhere. Film credits include: Jesus’ Son (with Billy Crudup), The Mighty Macs (Ellen Burstyn, Carla Gugino), Diary of a City Priest (David Morse), Blair Witch 2, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), Split (Betty Buckley).

CHRISTOPHER TOLOMEO

Music Director

CHRISTOPHER TOLOMEO After having a blast music directing Candlelight’s recent production of Beehive: The 60s Musical, Christopher has happily returned for more fun!  Candlelight credits as MD: Cabaret (2020 and 2005), Follies (2012), My Way (2007), JC Superstar (2006).  Christopher has music directed/conducted shows at other local venues/theaters, including Wilmington Drama League (Little Shop of Horrors, Elvis: The Dream Come True), City Theater Company (Sunday in the Park w/George, Nine), and West Chester University (Cabaret A La Carte, Berlin to Broadway, Once Upon a Mattress).  He also performs with various bands in the Philly/Delco area (Gringo Motel, Mercury Radio Theater, Rockers Galore, 22 Park Avenue). Thanks to this cast and crew for their hard work and enthusiasm in creating this show.  www.ChristopherTolomeo.weebly.com

Jody Anderson

Choreographer

JODY ANDERSON is thrilled to be sharing with Dann Dunn as choreographer on this celebration of Candlelight. As a principal dancer with the Kansas City Ballet for 16 years, Jody had the honor of performing some of the greatest works of the 20th Century. She was also handpicked by Alvin Ailey to perform as a guest artist with his company The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. Jody is currently the ballet mistress at The Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia.  Locally, Jody has choreographed for The Candlelight Theatre, Wilmington Drama League, Three Little Bakers, The Brandywiners, Broadway Theatre of Pitman and the Ritz Theatre.   She also created original works for The Kansas City Ballet, Mid-Atlantic Ballet, The Rock School and the Delaware Dance Company.  Jody is a five-time Barney award winner for her choreography for A Chorus Line (2013), Mame (2015), and Beauty and the Beast (2017), Brigadoon (2018), Guys and Dolls (2019) and won the Broadway.com award for best choreography in 2016 for Music Man, also here at Candlelight. Jody would like to thank the 6 beautiful ladies that shared their amazing talents with her, and the 7th Beehive cast member Max (I couldn’t have done this without your help and ideas). She would also like to thank you, our audience for keeping the arts alive when the world needs them the most.  Her best production, however, is her beautiful daughter Julia…and as always PING!

DANN DUNN

Choreographer

DANN DUNN has created and maintained professional works as a Director/Choreographer, Associate, and Dance Captain around the world with Tony, Emmy, and Grammy Winning Artists. Broadway/NYC: Miracle on 34th Street (Madison Square Garden), Sesame Street on Broadway! (MSG), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Symphony Space), First Date (Workshop). National Tour: CATS, The Music Man, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Sesame Street Live!. International: CATS, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, La Traviata. Regional: Walnut Street Theatre, Riverside Theatre, Bucks County Playhouse, Arden Theatre, Kennedy Center, Kimmel Center, Gulfshore Playhouse, Ogunquit Playhouse, Cardinal Stage, Sierra Repertory Theatre, Totem Pole Playhouse, Weathervane Rep, Prather Entertainment, Totem Pole Playhouse [delete this – it’s a repeat], Jenny Wiley Theatre, Wohlfahrt Haus Theatre, Society Hill Playhouse, Resident Theatre Company (Barrymore Nomination), Eagle Theatre (Barrymore Nomination), Media Theatre, Forestburgh Playhouse, Grand Opera House, Ocean City Theatre Company. Contributing Choreographer: Norwegian Cruise Lines, The Red Cross, Modell, Merck, National Liberty Museum, Circus Circus, Sesame Street Workshop, Macy’s, and The X Games. Dancer: Mariah Carey, Mark Kanemura (Lady Gaga, Janet Jackson, So You Think You Can Dance?). Resident/Assistant Director/Choreographer on Duncan Sheik’s Pre-Broadway musical Because of Winn-Dixie (Delaware Theatre Company). TV/Film: Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Emmy Award-winning PA Cardiovascular Health Project, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Dann was fortunate to join the Fosse legacy by training in the style under Gary Flannery, a principal Fosse dancer (Pippin, Dancin’, All That Jazz), dancing back-up for Chita Rivera, and working beside Debra McWaters, Gary Chryst, and Ann Reinking in preparation for the National and International companies of Chicago. Proud Member, AEA. www.DannDunn.com

MATTHEW J. KATOR

Lighting Designer

MATTHEW J. KATOR is thrilled to return to Candlelight where his work was previously seen in Ain’t Misbehavin’, Beehive, Clever Little Lies, Cabaret, Christmas by Candlelight, 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!”

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!