Artists: Double Trouble



BOB WALTON
(Book, Music and Lyrics) Aside from Double Trouble, Bob has co-written Mid-Life! The Crisis Musical with his brother, Jim, as well as My Brother's Keeper. They are currently developing a new musical A Day in Gloucester. Bob is co-author of the Off-Broadway play Game Show, and has directed it in Atlantic City and Toronto. You can learn more about Bob’s other show A High School Musical - 1973 at AHighSchoolMusical1973.com. As an actor in New York, Bob has appeared in The Drowsy Chaperone, as "Bert Berry" in the revival of 42nd Street, The Ziegfeld Follies 1936, Once Upon a Mattress, Show Boat, City of Angels, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, Forbidden Broadway Strikes Back and Preppies. Bob was seen on the TV shows Law and Order: SVU, Hope and Faith, Newhart, Eisenhower and Lutz, Pro's and Cons and Picket Fences. Married to Laurie Walton, they have two actor children: Emily and Alex.

JIM WALTON (Book, Music and Lyrics) has written with his brother, Bob, since 1991 when they wrote and performed in, My Brother's Keeper, originally a Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS benefit. This show later played the Pasadena Playhouse and several other regional theaters. Jim and Bob went on to collaborate on a two-actor musical, Double Trouble, in which they performed at Goodspeed-at-Chester and Stage One in Wichita, Kansas. This led to their creation of Mid-Life! The Crisis Musical, which was part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2004 before premiering at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre in 2006. Presently, they are working on their latest creation, A Day in Gloucester. Jim also appeared with Bob in The Ziegfeld Folles 1936 for Encores. His Broadway credits as an actor include: The Music Man (2000 revival), Sweeney Todd (1989 revival), 42nd Street and Merrily We Roll Along, among others. Off-Broadway credits are And the World Goes Round, Closer Than Ever and Scrambled Feet. Jim also starred as "Bobby Child" in Crazy for You, "Young Buddy" in Follies: In Concert and appeared in Sondheim! The Birthday Concert, all taped by PBS. Jim was born in Tachikawa, Japan, raised in Marion, Indiana and graduated from the University of Cincinnati's, College-Conservatory of Music. He is a proud father of his daughter, Tyler.

MATTHEW CROWLE (Director/Choreographer) is beyond grateful to be making his Porchlight and directorial debut with this tremendous cast and company.  In Chicago, his choreography was most recently seen in Drury Lane Oakbrook's production of Singin' In The Rain.  Favorite Chicago performance credits include Patsy (Jeff nomination) in Spamalot at Drury Lane, Cosmo Brown in Singin' In The Rain at Drury Lane, and Hunter in [title of show] at Northlight Theatre.  Matthew performed in the Broadway company of Spamalot, under the direction of Mike Nichols, and tap danced alongside Tommy Tune in the national tour of Doctor Dolittle.  Endless thanks to Michael Weber for such an unbelievable opportunity to play like this in Porchlight's sandbox.  Love and thanks, always, to Ma, Pa, and Katie.

LINDA MADONIA (Music Director) has been musical directing in the Chicago area for the past 25 years. Recent credits include Cabaret and Man of LaMancha for Light Opera Works and Forbidden Broadway: SVU at The Royal George Theater. Other credits include Grand Hotel and Nunsensations at Drury Lane Theatre Water Tower Place and A Chorus Line, She Loves Me and Me and My Girl at Theater at the Center. For the past six years, Linda has been the musical director for Chicago’s Equity and non-union Joseph Jefferson Awards. Madonia owns American Eagle Productions, a touring theater that, for twenty years, has presented 300 shows a year in Chicago area schools.

ADRIAN AGUILAR~ (Jimmy) last starred in Porchlight’s smash hit, Pal Joey. Also at Porchlight, he starred as "Jon" in the critically acclaimed tick, tick ... BOOM! for which he was nominated for the Jeff Award as best actor in a principal role. Aguilar was seen as “Artie” in Sunset Boulevard at Drury Lane Oakbrook, "Kenickie" in Grease and “Berger” in Hair at The Paramount Theatre, “Young Ben” in Follies at Chicago Shakespeare Theater and “Danny Zuko” in The Original Grease at American Theatre Company. 

ALEXANDER AGUILAR~ (Bobby) makes his Porchlight Music Theatre debut with this production. He has been seen on Broadway as “’Uardo” in Lysistrata Jones and on national tour in the Tony Award-winning Broadway production, Memphis.  He has performed locally in A Chorus Line, The Drowsy Chaperone and The Light in the Piazza at Marriott Theatre; Annie Get Your Gun starring Patti LuPone and George Hearn at the Ravinia Festival; nationally in The Producers with North Carolina Theater and the role of “Taylor” in the film Were the World Mine.

CHAD MICHAEL INNIS (u/s Jimmy) is positively thrilled to be acting with Porchlight Music Theatre for the first time. Recent Chicago roles include Curt in Again, Again (Coriolis Theatre), Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Show (Underscore Theatre) and Toad in The Wind in the Willows (Theatre-Hikes). So much love and thanks for family, friends, and educators. www.chadmichaelinnis.com

ANDREW LUND (u/s Bobby) is thrilled to make his debut with Porchlight, and can next be seen in their upcoming concert reading of Anyone Can Whistle as part of the inaugural Porchlight Revisits... series! Recent credits include GODSPELL (Brown Paper Box Co.), Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet (Idle Muse Theatre, Jeff Nominated), and Chicken Little (Chicago Kids Company). Andrew performs with Storytown at Stage 773 and is a company member of the sketch/theatre ensemble Pretty/Windy Theatre Co. Other favorites include Our Town, Eurydice, and The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told.

JORDAN GYZBOWSKI (Swing) 

is thrilled to be a part of this wonderful production! Recent credits include Legally Blonde: The Musical (Warner) and Victor/Victoria (Jazz Singer) - Columbia College Chicago. Jordan has been interning at Porchlight since May of this year and is so grateful for all the experience he's gained and does hope to work with them again soon. Other credits include RENT (Ensemble/Swing), Assassins (Charlie Guiteau), and The Sound of Music (Rolf). Enjoy the show!

 

 

JEFFREY KMIEC (Scenic Designer) is thrilled to be a part of Double Trouble. Jeffrey has designed with various companies regionally including The Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Children's Theatre of Charlotte North Carolina, and The Kentucky Shakespeare Festival. Recent and upcoming designs include Lady Day, Ain't Misbehavin (Porchlight); Tom Jones (Northlight); The Red Badge of Courage (CTC Charlotte); and the 2013 Kentucky Shakespeare Festival Season. Jeffrey's Designs have received awards from the Kennedy Center's American College Theatre Festival and The Southeastern Theatre Conference. Jeffrey is also the associate set designer for Kevin Depinet on recent and upcoming productions including Cyrano de Bergerac, Gypsy, Henry V (Chicago Shakespeare); Camelot (Glimmerglass Opera); and New Stages Amplified (Goodman Theatre).


ALEXIA RUTHERFORD (Costume Designer) is delighted to return to Porchlight Music Theatre having designed costumes for Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill.  She is a graduate of Northern Michigan University and has spent the last five years building costumes for Court Theatre, The Goodman, Steppenwolf, and Writers' Theatre.  Recently she designed Showgirls: The Musical for A Touch Too Much Productions at Stage 773.  The last two summers she has been the Costume Shop Manager for the Cherubs program at Northwestern.

WILLIAM KIRKHAM (Lighting Designer) is happy to be working with Porchlight again after last season’s The Gifts of the Magi.  Recent designs include: Spoon River Anthology (Provision Theater); Bud, not Buddy (Chicago Children’s Theatre); Annie (Az Broadway Theatre); the world premieres of Gidion’s Knot and From Prague (Contemporary American Theater Festival); Upcoming projects include work with Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago Children’s Theatre, and Lookingglass Theatre Company.  William received his MFA in Stage Design from Northwestern University.  www.wckirkham.com

JACK HAWKINS (Sound Designer) is a third year sound designer attending The Theatre School at DePaul University. Hailing from Kansas City, Jack works as a freelance Sound Designer while studying at The Theatre School.  Theatre School design credits include: Kitchen Sink, The Royal Hunt of the Sun, Spring Awakening, Synergy and a Co-design credit for I am Bradley Manning. Professional design credits include: Jack’s Precious Moments, Little Shop of Horrors and The Altruists.

ANGELA M. CAMPOS (Properties Designer): Angela is excited to be working with  Porchlight Music Theatre again after recently designing props for Pal Joey. Recent Credits include:  Devour and The Rover (20% Theatre Company); A Woman in Mind; Long Day’s Journey Into Night; and Beyond the Horizon (Eclipse Theatre Company); The Magnificents, Iron Stag King: Part One, Death and Harry Houdini, and The Nutcracker (The House Theatre of Chicago), A Number, Three Days of Rain, and Memory (BackStage Theatre Company). She is a company member at Collaboraction Theater Company and would like to thank her friends and family for all their unwavering support.

PRODUCTION STAFF

THOM VAN ERMEN~+ (Production Stage Manager) was most recently the Production Stage Manager for Porchlight's Pal Joey and Sound Board Engineer for A Class Act. Thom has served as Director of Operations for Theatre Building Chicago until 2010.  During that time he also served as Technical Director, Building Manager and Business Manager.  Thom has also spent time being a freelance Technical Director for other performing arts groups throughout Chicago. Thom has also acted with Chicago Shakespeare, Bailiwick Theatre, Shakespeares Motley Crew, Goose Island Theatre, Zebra Crossing Theatre, Wayside Theatre (Winchester, VA), Free Shakespeare, Theatre Classics and he serves as on the Advisory Board for Premiere Theatre and Performance.

AARON SHAPIRO (Production Manager) Shapiro is excited to be working with Porchlight! He is currently the Executive Director and co-founder of Studio BE in Lakeview.  After college Aaron founded Oracle Productions and opened their 40-seat black box theatre in Wrigleyville where he served 4 years as Artistic Director. He has worked professionally in Chicago as a director, stage manager, producer, actor, production manager, electrician, carpenter, sound technician, run crew, technical director, scenic designer and lighting designer for over 40 different Chicago theatre companies.

 

~Denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in America

^Denotes member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

*Denotes member of  United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829, a labor union and professional association of Designers, Artists and Craftspeople

+Denotes Porchlight Music Theatre Artistic Associate