Ain't Misbehavin' Creative

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Michelle Bruno
Michelle is so excited to be Directing this project! Past ASoB roles are as Music Director of both "You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown" and "Charlotte’s Web." "Ain’t" holds a special piece of her heart. Two of her more memorable roles are as Armelia in "Ain’t Misbehavin’," (WATCH nominated) and as Charlaine. Directing credits include "Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe," "Beauty and the Beast" (winner of The All-Around Production Excellence Ruby Griffith Award), and "Communicating Doors" (WATCH nominated). Additional Music Directing credits include "Footloose" and "James and the Giant Peach Jr." During the day, she is an executive at a local pharmaceutical research company. She would like to thank everyone involved with this production, as their professionalism and joy made this a great experience. Special love to her Husband, Ron, for all that he is and does.
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Music Director
Darwin Ray
"Ain’t Misbehaving" represents a dream-come-true musical for Darwin, both as Music Director and as a clarinetist, and he is grateful to ASoB for the opportunity. As part of the ASoB family since 2018, Darwin has been quite busy in 2021, serving also as Co-Music Director for Schoolhouse Rock Live! and as Music Director for this December’s production of Godspell. Darwin’s favorite productions as Music Director with ASoB include Emma! When not playing clarinet and baritone sax for the Howard Burns Jazz Ensemble in Frederick, MD, Darwin works as an Emergency Planner and CPR Instructor Trainer for the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.
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Timoth David Copney
Recent Roles: Dr. Frankenfurter, (Rocky Horror Show) Padre (Man of La Mancha), Jo (Anne) (Company), The Wiz (The Wiz), Jacob (La Cage Aux Folles), Judas (Jesus Christ Superstar), Bobby (A Chorus Line), Old Man (In the Closet) and Belize (Angels in America). He has directed, choreographed or both: Songs For a New World, Man of La Mancha, The Tempest, Sweet Charity, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, Oliver (2x), The Wiz (2x), Ragtime (3x), Guys and Dolls, Hello Dolly (2x), Annie, Godspell (2x), Sunday in the Park with George, Drowsy Chaperone, Addams Family, Crusade, Ellie, and upcoming productions of Dead and Breathing and Do It Now!, The William Donald Schaeffer Musical. Timoth has decades of experience in theatre. A classically trained dancer, he is a veteran of several Equity tours, including Annie Get Your Gun (Florence Henderson Tour), Applause (Alexis Smith Tour), Music Man (Peter Marshall/Lee Meriweather and John Davidson Tours). For a Canadian television series he was the featured dance alongside guest stars including Eartha Kitt, Georgia Engel, Liz Torres, Frank Gorshin, Paul Williams, J.J. Walker and many others. He has worked on more than 50 productions in the Baltimore area as a dancer, director, choreographer, singer, and actor. Current Board Chair Baltimore Playwright Festival. Past Artistic Director of Liberty Showcase Theatre. Former Vice President Baltimore Theatre Alliance. He is a reviewer for both MD Theatre Guide and Thanks to this marvelous cast and crew for all the good times!
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Fred Dierken
Fred has been involved in music for many years. He started playing keyboards in bands around the Baltimore area while he was still in high school. He has also worked in musical theatre, most of the time as Music Director for the Mt. Carmel Players in Essex, MD. When he is not involved in shows, Fred is a music teacher at The Highlands School in Bel Air, MD. While typically found in the pit he does have a few stage credits as well, most notably Charlie Cowell in "The Music Man" and Uncle Drosselmyer in "The Nutcracker." Fred is very excited to be working alongside the cast and crew of "Ain’t Misbehaving."
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Harry Swartz
Although this is only his third show with ASoB, Harry has been playing trombone for numerous community theatres around the Baltimore area for about 6 years. He most recently played in The Sky is the Limit's production of "Li'l Abner" and Our Lady of the Mount Carmel Players production of "The Addams Family." When not playing trombone for the New World Outreach Jazz orchestra in Baltimore, MD, Harry is teaching trombone to his 11-year-old son and working as a Software Engineer.
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David Booth, Jr.
Dave is pleased to once again appear in a pit orchestra for ASoB. He brings nearly fifty years of musical theater experience, having played his first paid theater job substituting at Painters Mill Music Theater in 1962. He also holds the lead tenor saxophone chair with Baltimore County Senior Swing Band, and the baritone saxophone chairs with Blues In The Night Orchestra and The Sunday Night Big Band. In his day job at CLSI, he is a Maryland Licensed Professional Engineer, specializing in hydraulics, hydrology, and handicapped accessible site design.
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George "Wes" Wesley Freeman IV
Wes has been playing the trumpet since the age of eight. He's spent most of his adult life freelancing around Baltimore/Washington area, playing with various jazz, classical, theater groups and solo performances. He has previously played in the pit for ASoB in "Miracle on 34th Street", "Emma, a Pop Musical", and "Guys and Dolls." He is very happy to be back with this cast and crew for "Ain't!"
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Lukas West
This is Lukas West's debut with Artistic Synergy. Recipient of both the Band MVP award and the Louis Armstrong award in middle school, he's now a senior at the Park School of Baltimore. Lukas's passion for music fills both school time and his free time. He played in multiple concerts during the summer, is the bassist on an album currently on Spotify, and he is a leader of Park Arts, the school's arts events planning committee. He has enjoyed working with the experienced members of the A.M. pit and appreciated the opportunity!
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Chip Traub
Born and raised in the New York City area, Chip has been playing drums for over 50 years. He studied with renowned jazz drummer Gene Thaler, and at age 15, toured extensively in northern New Jersey with local bands. Since moving to Maryland in 1967, he studied tympani performance at Peabody Conservatory with Robert Kennick, former principal percussionist with the Baltimore Symphony, and has played with local symphony orchestras, concert bands, big bands, jazz groups and rock n’ roll bands. Chip has also played in pit orchestras for over 100 musical productions in the Baltimore/Washington area over the last 40 years.
Substitute Drums for Closing Night
Mark Leppo
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Lighting Design
Cory Bauer
Cory is excited to be helping with lights for this production of "Ain’t Misbehavin’"! He previously helped with lights a couple of nights during ASOB’s "Schoolhouse Rock Live" and has also been seen on the stage here at ASoB in "Guys and Dolls," "WWII Radio Christmas," and "The Wedding Singer." He’s thrilled to be working with this lovely group again after a long year!
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Ben Pierce
Ben Pierce is thrilled to once again be lighting a show for ASoB. He is a freelance director and designer. Some of his favorite directing highlights include Wrong Disease at Single Carrot Theatre, Eurydice at The Warehouse Performing Arts Center, Just Like You at Theatre Charlotte, & Bare: a Pop Opera at The Edge Theatre Company. With a degree in Theatre Design from Winthrop University, he worked in the Greater Charlotte area for almost ten years before moving to Baltimore in 2019. Some of his favorite shows include On the Verge (scenic/lighting design, WPAC), Ripcord (Scotty, scenic/lighting design, WPAC), Hairspray (scenic/lighting design, Community School of Davidson), SOTR A Midsummer Night's Dream (Demetrius, co-director, total design, WPAC), Into the Woods Jr. (scenic/lighting design, Mooresville Community Children's Theatre), & Peter & the Starcatcher (scenic design, Community School of Davidson). He also is a member of the ASoB board and heads the Dialogue for Change committee.
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Sound Design & Engineering
Marcus Smith
Marcus is a junior at Cogswell Polytechnical College, working towards his degree in Audio Engineering, and is currently on break from school. As an audio enthusiast, Marcus has worked in several positions, including Rhino Staging in Florida during the 2021 Billboard Latin Awards. Also, he has recently earned a position for Live! Casino as a technical stagehand. Marcus is excited to take on this role with ASoB as his first sound engineering position for a theater production.

Original Creative Team

Ain’t Misbehavin’ is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.