Production Staff

WHO’S WHO on SOUTH PACIFIC Production Staff

RENEE DOBSON

Director/Choreographer

RENEE DOBSON is happy to return to Candlelight to direct this Pulitzer Prize–winning musical honoring “America’s greatest generation!” At Candlelight she has directed Funny Girl (2017) and She Loves Me (2018). Professional directing credits include Avenue Q, I Love a Piano and The Marvelous Wonderettes for Heritage Theatre Festival in Virginia, Six Degrees of Separation for Allens Lane Theatre and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Society Hill Playhouse. Renee also serves as Associate Professor in the Department of Music, Theatre & Film at Saint Joseph’s University where she has directed Next to Normal, Sweeney Todd, Carousel, Assassins, Sunday in the Park with George, Romeo and Juliet and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera. She holds an MFA and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. Thanks to Bob Kelly and the entire Candlelight staff!

DOUGLASS G. LUTZ

Music Director

DOUGLASS G. LUTZ has conducted over 200 musicals both nationally and internationally. Credits include West Side Story (The Kennedy Center, DC), premieres of West Side Story in Peru, Brazil, Spain and Belgium. He also conducted Philadelphia premieres of Forbidden Broadway, Nunsense, Pump Boys & Dinettes and The All Night Strut. He has been nominated for five Barrymore Awards for his music direction of Les Miserables, The King and I, Miss Saigon, Peter Pan and Carousel at Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia and won the Carbonell Award (Florida Theatre Critics) for his music direction of The Most Happy Fella at The Jupiter Theatre. Recently he conducted Jesus Christ Superstar, The Producers and Triumph of Love at Bristol Riverside Theatre.

MATTHEW J. KATOR

Lighting Designer

MATTHEW J. KATOR is thrilled to return to Candlelight where his work was previously seen in 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 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!”

LINDSAY MAUCK

Production Stage Manager

LINDSAY MAUCK is excited to be back in the booth as we head to the Pacific! Here at Candlelight she has been the PSM for Forever Plaid, Legally Blonde, and Brigadoon as well as many shows onstage, backstage, and as Musical Director. Regionally she’s appeared on many stages including Walnut Street, Arden, Act II Playhouse, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Mauckingbird, Eagle Theatre, Mazeppa, Ritz, and Forestburgh Playhouse. Co-founder/Managing Director of Philly’s acclaimed Mauckingbird Theatre Company – mauckingbird.org – check out September’s Significant Other. She is also a Travel Agent – magicplustravel.com (Call me!). Much love to her family, her Candlelight family, and her husband, Schmoopie. Up next: The Producers at Bucks Co. and Catch Me If You Can here at Candlelight!

Jeff Reim

Scenic Designer

JEFF REIM’s work has been seen in numerous shows including 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.

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.