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 johnswells.com.
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.