The Orchestra — The “Heart” of a Musical Production

The orches­tra for Stop the World pro­vides the musi­cal drive for the production

Paul Kim­ball and his french horn play “The Boss” in Stop the World, while trum­pet player Hal Wal­len­borg looks on.

The orches­tra con­sti­tutes the heart of any musi­cal pro­duc­tion, but in Stop the World — I Want to Get Off, a brass instru­ment actu­ally plays a human role, as Paul Kim­ball and his french horn speak for “The Boss,” who is the main char­ac­ter Littlechap’s work­place office supe­rior, men­tor, and father-in-law. A music edu­ca­tor in local schools, Paul Kim­ball has in the past served as Musi­cal Direc­tor and Con­duc­tor for SCT shows and also works with his wife in man­ag­ing the theater’s sum­mer youth pro­gram, SCT, Jr.

For its pro­duc­tions, SCT employs pro­fes­sional musi­cians, who unlike the actors and most of the theater’s other vol­un­teers, are paid for their time, thus pro­vid­ing an oppor­tu­nity for finan­cial “Angels” to play a vital role by spon­sor­ing the music.

Stop the World marks per­cus­sion­ist John Wells’ thirty-fifth show at SCT, in addi­tion to his 19 shows in the pit at San Joaquin Delta Col­lege. Out­side the­atre, John leads the ABBA Trib­ute Band Water­loo, and plays drums with sev­eral other local groups. For more back­ground on John’s spec­tac­u­lar music career, check his web­site at

Bar­bara Maters, flutist, has lived in Stock­ton over 35 years. Cur­rently a music teacher in Stock­ton Uni­fied School Dis­trict and a flute/piccolo player with Stock­ton Sym­phony, she loves musi­cal theater!

Kyle Wong is a string bassist who has been with SCT for sev­eral years. He received his degree in music per­for­mance at Uni­ver­sity of the Pacific, and finds it a great plea­sure to play and work with all the ter­rific musi­cians who help bring SCT shows to life. When he isn’t in the SCT pit, Kyle is a Phar­macy Tech­ni­cian at CVS Phar­macy. Other musi­cians play­ing with the Stop the World orches­tra are Cathy Ettle on wood­winds, Hal Wal­len­borg on trum­pet, and Christo­pher Ander­son on Trombone.

Jim Cole­man con­ducts and plays piano for the show.

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