Katrina Wood (executive producer & book, music & lyrics), child of film actor Percy Herbert, worked in theater/television most of her life, including a stint with the English National Opera. Her first musical, “A Christmas Carol,” written at age 19 and produced in London, was revised successfully in L.A. Producer and writer of “Spindle City: The Lizzie Borden Musical” with all original songs, Katrina presents a twist for audiences. What really happened in 1892? Nothing like you imagine, Katrina says.
Barney D. Neeley (producer) has produced several theatrical works over the years. His interest all started 60 years ago as a young man in the Sacramento Music Circus and other theatrical groups. Several of his acclaimed productions include “Mass Appeal,” “The Last Days of Edgar Allan Poe,” and (with Katrina Wood) “Bob Cratchit and Mr. Tightwad” and the beautiful production of “Farm Boy” (the post-play to the award-winning “War Horse”).
Trace Oakley (director) is happy to reteam with most of the creative team from 2011’s “Bob Cratchit and Mr. Tightwad.” Trace has directed more than 50 productions, and has more than 100 additional productions to his credit as actor, playwright, producer, or administrator — working in his home town of Denver, on both coasts, and on national and international tours. L.A. directing credits include “RuddiGORE” (Proof Doubt Closer Theatre Co.), which he also adapted and co-produced, “Pearly Gates” (El Portal Theatre), “Crimes of the Heart” (Windward JG), “Lovers and Other Strangers” (Avery Schreiber Playhouse), “Standing on My Knees” (Collaborative Artists Ensemble), and ” ‘Carrie’ that Tune: Hit Songs from Flop Musicals,” which he also conceived and wrote. Trace worked on the Off-Broadway and Broadway productions of “Rollin’ on the TOBA,” and later stage managed and co-directed the L.A. production. Recent regional credits include “Hedda Gabler” and “Anna Christie” for Northern New England Repertory Theatre Company and “Radium Girls,” as artist-in-residence for Stage III Theater in Casper, Wyoming.
Art Wood (additional music, music arrangements). Art has performed and recorded with artists including Peter Frampton, Gary Wright, Bette Midler, Tina Turner, James Brown and Cher, as well as for H. Married to Katrina Wood, the couple has four children. Art is the owner of Artwood Sound, a post-production company specializing in TV and film post audio and foreign dubbing. He also continues to score and write music for film and other projects, and is the musical director and arranger for his wife’s project “Spindle City.”
Ken Rarick (music arrangements) is a keyboardist and composer who is a former member of Air Supply. He also toured with Amy Grant and Cher. Studio work for Madonna and Michael Jackson. Film and TV work for Disney, Universal, Paramount, Warner Bros., etc. Ken has composed and produced music for series on TV networks such as A&E, Discovery, the Food Network, HGTV, the History Channel, PBS and the Travel Channel. Proud to also have been a part of Katrina Wood’s Dickens production, too!
Cece Whittaker (additional music) is a singer, pianist and songwriter from the southern coast of New Jersey. She writes and arranges choral and sacred music in multiple voices, as well as pop tunes in the Linda Ronstadt/Bonnie Raitt style. Her catalog includes many productions for varied artists, including her work for Katrina Wood in the lovely creation of “Spindle City.” Cece’s contribution to this musical is “Borden’s Prayer.”
Taylor Moten (costume design) is a costume designer and wardrobe manager for TV, film and theatrical productions. Recent works include wardrobe for Cirque Du Soleil, International Pepsi Commercials, Germany’s “Next Top Model,” and wardrobe supervision for touring shows at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. From a young age, she has been an avid collector of vintage clothing and historic fashion catalogues. Taylor is a Los Angeles native.
Aaron Glazer (set design) is an L.A.-based set designer, production designer, art director and prop maker for theater and film. Aaron graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Architecture. After working in advertising, Aaron devoted his attention to theater and film art-department work. Aaron lives in Studio City with his wife and daughter and a series of temporary goldfish. Film: “Solar Eclipse” (production designer), “The Something” (set designer), “I Spit On Your Grave: Deja Vu” (set designer). Interactive theater: “Delusion: His Crimson Queen” (set carpenter).
Averi Yorek (choreography) is an L.A.-based dancer and choreographer originally from Texas. Her credits include Koda Corvette, JGrace, BGlo, Genuwine, John Joseph, Royal Caribbean, Varsity Dance Co., Jstylzfam, LYTE Dance Crew, and the BCS Championship Bowl halftime show. She also has choreographed multiple musicals under the direction of Trace Oakley, including his most recent show “RuddiGORE.” She hopes you enjoy the show and the choreography.
Skylar Johnson (lighting design) Skylar recently returned from New York City, where she designed the Off-Broadway premiere of “Knockers: The Musical.” She has completed the Stage Technician internship at the California Center for the Arts, as well as the Lighting fellowship at San Diego Repertory Theatre. Skylar obtained credits with companies such as the Getty Villa, Universal Studios, Palos Verdes Performing Arts, the Elektra Theatre, Palomar College, and many more.
Stevie Lukaszewski (lighting board operator) recently graduated from Niagara University with a degree in technical theater. She has also studied scenic art at Cobalt Studios in New York. She has found work in scenic art, makeup design and application, and in running crew positions in the Buffalo, N.Y., area and more recently in Los Angeles.
Kaiya Rodriguez (stage manager) hails from Wyoming, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Theater for Playwriting. This is her first theater production in Los Angeles, but she’s spent the past three years here working in film, television and commercials. She’s glad to be coming back to her theater roots with such a creative original work.
Pablo Valdez (assistant stage manager) is an L.A. native who graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in cinema. An avid reader and writer, this aspiring filmmaker is always looking for the next great opportunity. When he is not embellishing program bios, he’s investing his time in numerous passions that include writing, producing, directing and creating.
Philip Sokoloff (publicity) is a veteran L.A. theater publicist, representing over 100 live attractions and several dozen independent films annually. As an actor, he recently appeared in “Brothel” at the Eclectic Company Theatre.
Glenn Abel (graphics, web site) is a writer, editor and graphic artist who builds web sites for clients in Los Angeles and Albuquerque, N.M. Theater: “Farm Boy” and “Bob Cratchit and Mr. Tightwad” (graphics, web), and “Equus” and “Streamers” (production photography).