Creative Team



MICHAEL MACKENZIE WILLS (Writer/Director) He has worked with several cutting-edge icons such as Penn & Teller, Blue Man Group, MTV Networks, and FUSE TV. His award-winning show Operation Opera has played in various venues in New York City such as Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, The National Opera Center, and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland. He was the co-founder, Artistic Director, and Resident Director of Playful Theatre Productions in NYC where Theatre Row and The Currican Theatre was PTP’s home for over 10 years. Premiere productions in New York include developing and directing James Gandolfini in Tarantulas Dancing, Liev Schreiber in G-Force, Jamy Ian Swiss in The Honest Liar, Recreation by Penn Jillette, Hunting Humans by Richard Thompson, Fixing Frank by Ken Hanes, and the original NYC production of The Last Session. He has written the book and lyrics to several children’s musicals including the musical farce A Cow Named Cow, The Adventures of Superbunny, A Superbunny Christmas, Superbunny's Pirate Vacation, Superbunny Meets the Mummy, The Princess The Cow and the Corn Maze, Cow Goes to the Opera, and POE: An Introduction to Edgar Allan. His film GRINCH, won honors at FILMEX, the International Film Festival in Los Angeles. He has been a member of The Actors Studio and belongs to SDC (Stage Directors and Choreographers Society) and The Dramatist Guild. Education: American Academy of Dramatic Arts, UCLA (Michael Gordon), Gordon Hunt, and Playwrights Horizons Professional Theatre Program (Bob Moss). He is also an illustrator of children's books where his work can be seen not only in print but also on Chinese to English bilingual reading apps available from Neumedias.



MICHAEL D. GAYLORD (Arranger and Orchestrator) Michael’s work has been heard in Carnegie Hall plus various theaters and cabarets in New York City and nationwide. His projects include the national tour of BIG The Musical and The Last Session. A former digital media executive for the cable networks Nick at Nite and TV Land, he accepted an Emmy Award on behalf of his team for Outstanding Achievement in the Enhancement of Original Television Programming. Over the years, Michael has had the fortune of interviewing many of his childhood idols, including Bea Arthur, Mary Tyler Moore, Mr. Ed, and all six Brady kids. Michael received a Bachelor of Music degree in Woodwind Performance from the Hartt School of Music and a Master of Music degree in Commercial Composition from the Manhattan School of Music.




AMBER L. SPRADLIN (Producer) is currently a partner with the music and variety entertainment company G&W, LLC. She is the author and creator of the action hero series Thumperino Superbunny, a 2017 National Indie Excellence Award Finalist, a 2016 Grammy Contender for Best Children’s Album (audiobook), Winner of the 2015 Creative Child magazine Book of the Year, the 2015 Pinnacle Book Award for Best Juvenile Fiction, Winner of the 2014 Pacific Book Award, 2014 Preferred Choice Award, 2013 Creative Child magazine Book of the Year, and 2013 National Indie Excellence Book Awards First Finalist, as well as the You-Color-It Storybooks Cow Saves Christmas, a Beverly Hills Book Awards Finalist, Cow Goes to the Opera, Winner of the 2016 Creative Child magazine Best Interactive Storybook Award and A Cow Named Cow,  Winner of the 2014 Creative Child magazine Book of the Year. Her books have appeared on NBC’s The Michael J. Fox Show, reached number one on the Top 100 Children’s Books list March 2014, February 2014, March 2013, and made their international debut at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in Italy. Her stories have been adapted for the stage and have been accepted into the Library of Congress and The National Library of Scotland. She was a founding member of the theatre and dance production company Making Faces Productions, based in Los Angeles, and served as Production Manager for independent record label, Shark Meat Records, based in Miami. She is a member of Grammy (NARAS – National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences), a graduate of the University of Washington School of Drama in Seattle, and was nominated for the Kennedy Center's Irene Ryan Acting Award. Ms. Spradlin regularly presents author visits at libraries and elementary schools around the country.





G&W ENTERTAINMENT (Executive Producer) specializes in music and variety entertainment.  Our performers have worked in preeminent concert halls, opera houses, and theaters around the world.


Performers



ADELMO GUIDARELLI (Baritone) 2017 Ramfis in AIDA with Pensacola Opera, Don Magnifico in LA CENERENTOLA with Opera Tampa, Leporello in DON GIOVANNI with Opera Ithaca, Geneva Light Opera and Salt Marsh Opera. 2016 as Dick Deadeye in H.M.S. PINAFORE and Warden in DEAD MAN WALKING with Shreveport Opera, as Don Magnifico in Rossini’s LA CENERENTOLA at Bob Jones University. In 2015 his one-man show, OPERATION OPERA debuted with orchestra and at Lincoln Center in 2014 and also had a hugely successful 4-week run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe where Mr. Guidarelli became a favorite guest on the BBC’s Festival Café. In the U.S., it played Off-Broadway at The York Theatre and won Mr. Guidarelli the MAC Award for Best Comedy/Musical Comedy Performer in New York City where critics dubbed him “The Clown Prince of Opera”. OPERATION OPERA also got him noticed by Ryan Seacrest who invited him to perform Mozart’s “Non più andrai” on his E! Channel series Bank of Hollywood. Mr. Guidarelli has worked with such operatic legends as, Luciano Pavarotti, Jerome Hines, Giulietta Simionato, Licia Albanese, Sherrill Milnes and Robert Merrill. In Europe he has performed with Opera Evreux of France; as a soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana in Italy; at The Vatican before Pope John Paul II; for Queen Elizabeth in the UK; as well as Spain, Portugal and Germany. Mr. Guidarelli co-hosted the RCN TV and internet talk show "Voices Among Us". As a recording artist, his voice was heard on a national commercial for Lidia’s Italian Gourmet Kitchen and as a featured soloist on a German CD called "Der kleine Tanzbar Schubidu". His debut solo album titled “Treasured Songs of Italy & Germany” spawned an International Association of Independent Recording Artists (IAIRA) certified International #1 hit for his dual language version of “Funiculi, Funicula”. He is a voting member of The Recording Academy and an annual participant in the Grammy Awards. Mr. Guidarelli has been the recipient of career grants from The Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridges, The Amadeus Fund, The Bloomfield chapter of UNICO, The New Jersey Alliance for Performing Artists, The Columbians, The Caruso International Voice Competition, and from Richard and Donna Esteves.



RUBY LAURANCE (Accoutrement) is proud to have been awarded the title of Miss Congeniality by the judges of the 2010 Sturgis 'Pickle-Licking' Beauty Pageant in South Dakota. Other awards include:  Regional Bagging Champion of Seattle, Washington. Her early childhood dreams of becoming a National Forest Ranger were cut short when she realized that khaki green just wasn’t her color. She bravely went on to join the Navy Seals only to discover her uncanny ability to float rendered her unable to complete her training and quickly received a "very‟ honorable discharge. She then moved on to the US Championship Bull Riding circuit where she toured America roping cattle and riding broncs. Her roping ability got her noticed by a Texas oil tycoon who immediately hired her as the spokes model for his line of luxury RVs. She traveled the world representing the finest in American camping craftsmanship. Before joining Operation Opera Miss Ruby completed the FAA's Certificate of Demonstrated Proficiency and joined the mile high club on a now defunct airline. Her special skills include being able to hold her breath for an extended period of time, decorating erotic cakes, the kama sutra, and stage combat.



SETH WEINSTEIN (Pianist) Seth was the musical director and composer of the Off-Broadway musical How to Save the World and Find True Love in 90 Minutes (New World Stages, 2006). He has toured internationally with Fosse and Ivan Jacobs’s The Phantom of the Opera and in the USA with Almost Heaven: Songs of John Denver. Regionally, he has been the musical director of Black House (Zagreb, Croatia), Do I Hear a Waltz? (Arvada Center), Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Connecticut Repertory Theatre), and Chick Flick (Loft 227 and Millbrook Playhouse), among other shows. Seth also wrote and recorded “The Chagall Suite” (an eight-movement piano piece based on themes of Marc Chagall’s artworks) and “Conversations” (a musical meeting between Chagall and Elvis Presley), and he has played the pieces in France, Germany, and the USA. He performs monthly with L’Opera Burlesque and he is the pianist for the MAC and Bistro Award–winning Screen Gems: Songs of Old Hollywood (featuring Sarah Rice) and Operation Opera (baritone Adelmo Guidarelli’s amusing tribute to opera, a participant in the 2011 Edinburgh Festival Fringe).


Special Thanks



ERNESTO R. GURULE, TOBY HASKINS, PENN JILLETTE, ELAINE RINALDI,

C. COLBY SACHS, PETER SAXE MUSIC SERVICES, BRUCE STASYNA, and JAMY IAN SWISS