Meet Our Staff

Greg Cleveland

Producer and Show Director
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Greg Cleveland is in his 28th year teaching vocal music at Walled Lake Western High School. He teaches six choirs, plus conducts the Huge Men’s Choir and the Europe Tour Choir. He taught previously at Clawson High School as well as in Hitachi, Japan, where he met his wife. Greg holds degrees in Vocal Music Education and in Music Theory and History from Seattle Pacific University, as well as a Masters Degree in Vocal Music Education from Eastern Michigan University.

Mr. Cleveland was selected by his administration both at Walled Lake Western and at Clawson as Teacher of the Year, a total of three times. He was honored in 2002 by his MSVMA colleagues as the Michigan Vocal Music Teacher of the Year. He has conducted the MSVMA TTBB State Honors Choir in 2000 and 2008 and most recently conducted the SATB State Honors Choir in 2012.

While at Western, Mr. Cleveland’s choirs have toured and performed in Chicago, Toronto and New York City. They tour Europe and have performed in cathedrals, theaters and at competitions in Austria, Germany, Italy, Spain, England, Scotland, the Czech Republic.  Recently, the traveling choir toured to Italy in April 2017 and performed again at St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican and for the first time, St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice.

Greg and his wife, Peggy, have three wonderful daughters, a son-in-law and a most charming granddaughter, Evelyn.  Thank you to my family for continuing to be my support and inspiration over all these years.

Kimberly Paullin

Director - Acting and Staging
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This is Kimberly’s 19th fall musical, and her 23rd musical altogether, here at WLW.  In her wealth of spare time, Kimberly loves to travel when she can manage to get out of the theatre long enough to do so.  She also enjoys crime-drama TV, reading mysteries, and listening to Christmas music inappropriately early in the season. Kimberly teaches English 10 as well as Acting I, II, and III. She holds a degree from Central Michigan University with a double major in English and Speech and Dramatic Arts, as well as a Master’s degree in Education.

Kimberly is no stranger to the stage herself, and was most recently seen in the musical Hair. Some of her favorite roles include Bloody Mary in South Pacific, and Jack’s Mother in Into the Woods. Joseph was the first show Kimberly was in after moving here from northern Michigan. Kimberly is looking forward to having a bit more time to spend with her three furry roommates, Lucy, Pickles, and Marty-Pants after musical season is finished. She would like to thank her friends for keeping her sane during this insane time, especially her BFF, Jodie. She’d also like to thank her family for their support and love. As with every production, she dedicates her hard work to the memory of her parents whom, she is sure, have the best seats in the house.

Patrick Dudzinski

Pit Orchestra Director
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This is Mr. Dudzinski’s 8th year as the director of the pit orchestra for a WLW musical and he is honored to be a part of the Creative Team.

He has been teaching for 19 years, the last 16 of which have been at Walled Lake Western where he teaches the Concert Band, Symphony Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Bands, and Marching Band.  He was nominated and selected as Western’s Teacher of the Year in 2007 and again in 2016.  He is an active member of the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association.

Mr. Dudzinski is a graduate of Michigan State University and holds a Master’s Degree in Music Education.  He would like to thank his wife, Kristen, for her patience and support.  Whenever possible, you can find Mr. Dudzinski riding the backroads of Michigan on his Harley Davidson.

Stacey Becker

Vocal Director and Pit Keyboard

Stacey Becker is going into her 2nd year as vocal director for the musical, and accompanist for WLW Choirs.  She recently retired from full time teaching at various levels at Novi Public Schools, where she was responsible for choral music classes at the high school and then the middle school; she finished her career at Novi as a Special Education teacher.  Her choirs, small groups, and individual performers collected countless awards and honors over the years.  Early in her career Stacey was the Music Therapist at Hawthorne Center in Northville for ten years.

Stacey served as the Director of Music for 38 years at First United Methodist Church of Northville before retiring in 2012, and now is active in the music ministry at Ward Church in Northville.  During her time at FUMC Northville she led a widely-acclaimed youth musical program, putting together secular, contemporary, and Christian music into musical presentation that involved as many as 240 junior and senior high youth from around the area, and each year the group traveled around the state and Midwest to perform.

Her degrees include undergrad degrees in Music Therapy and Music Education from MSU, and a degree in Special Education from UM. Stacey was honored as the Novi Middle School Teacher of the Year in 2008.

Stacey and her husband Gary have lived in Novi for 40 years and they have three grown children and three grandchildren.  She is grateful to Greg for giving her the opportunity to be involved in his incredible Performing Arts musical and choir programs.

Matthew Weber

Director of Auditorium Operations WLCSD
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Matthew Weber is the auditorium manager for the Walled Lake Consolidated Schools. Matt oversees the technical operations of the 3 high school auditoriums in the district. Matt is also a professional lighting designer and theatrical contractor. Past and present projects include work with local school districts, Stagecrafters in Royal Oak, and Cedar Point, Dorney Park, Kings Island, and Valley Fair Live Entertainment Department. For more information on the Walled Lake Consolidated Schools Technical Crew please visit our website  http://www.wlstech.org

Kelli LaVine

Choreographer
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Kelli LaVine began her journey with Walled Lake Western in 1992 as a student. After graduation she attended Specks Howard School of Media Arts for video production.  She is a member of the Actors Equity Association and has traveled the country performing and stage managing. While stage managing the national tour of Bear in the Big Blue House Live in 2003/2004 she realized that her passion was teaching and returned to Walled Lake.

Kelli is currently the Production Manager and Teacher/Choreographer at Dance Dynamics Performing Arts Center in Walled Lake, where she grew up dancing and learning from Dori Matkowski. She has received many awards for her choreography and is invited to teach throughout the country. Her philosophy is to teach the kids to love themselves and everything else will fall into place. Kelli loves choreographing the WLW musicals and has been working on the WLW musical staff for many years. Some of her past credits include: Sesame Street Live, Bear in the Big Blue House Live, Miss Michigan Scholarship Pageant, Nickelodeon Kids Day at Play, The Parade Company, Star Studded Productions, Gail & Rice, just to name a few.

One of her most favorite things is to see how far her students soar, whether in the entertainment industry or not. You can see her students on Broadway, Disney World, Cruise Lines, TV, Film, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, National Tours and many prestigious conservatories and universities and some may even be your current Doctors!

Forever grateful to be a part of such an amazing team here at Walled Lake Western and share her love of the arts! These kids will amaze you! Enjoy this wonderful show!

Dori Matkowski

Choreographer & Staging
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Dori Matkowski is the artistic director for the Dynamic Dancers Performing Company. She has been the CEO for the Dance Dynamics Performing Arts Center in Michigan since 1982. After her own career in modeling, commercials, videos, dance, stage and acting, she now guides careers for students who are working all over the world as entertainers. Dori is also involved with many service organizations including the Lakes Area Arts Council and the Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce.

Dori has been working with the Miss America Organization since 1977 on a variety of levels. She is a member of the National Dance Education Organization and a sponsor for the National Honors Society of Dance Arts. She is on the advisory board for the International Dance Entrepreneur Association (I.D.E.A.) and teaches studio owners around the world.

Her degrees are in Business and Educational Leadership. Her students are currently working for Disney, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, tours, cruise ships, Cirque Du Soleil, Broadway and many shows all over the world. Most of her students are dance captains or choreographers as well as graduates of prestigious universities and conservatories. She enjoys guiding students to success and is thrilled to see her two grown children succeed in the entertainment industry. She has been on the directing team for the Walled Lake Western musicals since 1993.

Amy Scheidler

Costume Coordinator
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This is Amy’s 9th year of being involved backstage at WLW. She has worked with the children’s cast of A Christmas Carol the Musical (2008), was Costume Assistant for Les Miserables (2009) and Hairspray, and was Costume Co-Designer for Phantom of the Opera, A Christmas Carol the Musical (2012), & Shrek the Musical and has been the Costume Designer for Godspell, Almost Maine, Ragtime, All About Agatha, Les Miserables (2015) & You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown. She is thrilled to be designing and creating costumes again for Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with the Material Girls costume crew.

Amy began costuming for theater in 2006 at Sarah Banks Middle School and worked on Annie Jr. (2006), Willy Wonka Jr., Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr., Alice in Wonderland Jr. and The Little Mermaid, Jr., Music Man Jr. & Lion King Jr.  and Aladdin Jr. (2016). She has also worked professionally at Novi Civic Theatre where she designed costumes for The Music Man and The Little Mermaid Jr., and assisted with the 2012 Senior show Bright Lights of Broadway and assisted with a non-profit Senior Theatre Group called Beyond Belief from 2013-2015. She has also worked professionally at Two Muses Theatre where she designed costumes for Clybourne Park which received.

Amy has a BA from Michigan State University in Art History and Historic Preservation. She enjoys the arts, designing costumes, sewing, movie going, hosting her annual Oscar Night Charity event and has volunteered in the past with WLW Choir Boosters as the Scrip Coordinator & Scholarship Chair. She previously managed The “Frozen Sisters”, who were her daughters, professionally performing at events as the popular Ice Queen and silly younger sister Princess. She is happily married to her husband Paul for 25 years and has three talented children: Abbey, class of 2013; Lindsey, class of 2016; and Zachary class of 2021 who are all involved in Fine Arts, Performing Arts & Choir locally.

Peg Cleveland

Program, Ads and Food Coordinator
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Peg has been assisting with the WLW musicals for many a year now.  Each year her delight has been to get to know the students and watch their confidence grow and talent shine.  She weaves her skills behind the scenes assisting with the program, ads, food for the Company, mics and a “few other details.”

In her other life away from the WLW musical and choir department, Peg loves being a wife to the handsome choir director and mom to her fabulous children: Hannah, Emily, Bethany and Jordan.  Then, there is the new role of grandma to Evelyn who makes her heart smile!

Cheryl Tacy

Properties Coordinator & Assistant Stage Manager
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Cheryl designs, creates and/or acquires the various props — both hand and scenic props.  She is also involved in dressing the sets.

During the run of the show, she assumes the role of Assistant Stage Manager, working with the student technical crews backstage in order to help create the magic.

She has proudly seen both of her boys come up through the WLW Musical Theater. Their older son, Aaron now lives and works in NYC with a University of Michigan BFA in Theatre Design and Production specializing in Lighting Design.  Their younger son, Garrett attends Michigan State University majoring in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. She and her husband, Bob are now adjusting to life as empty nesters.

The King & I – 2007   A Christmas Carol – 2008   Les Miserables – 2009   Hairspray – 2010   The Phantom of the Opera – 2011   Shrek – 2013    Ragtime – 2014    Les Miserables – 2015     Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – 2016

Anna Murphy

Make Up and Hair Coordinator
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Mrs. Murphy has been working with the Walled Lake Western Performing Arts Department for more than 30 years.  She currently is an English teacher here at Western, but has taught acting and communication as well.

She has watched her three daughters perform in dozens of performances and concerts of the last 10 years, and now continues to beam with pride as they continue their lives at their universities, CMU and UofM.

Anna is excited to join the creative team again this year as we combine our skills together to help our talented students shine.  Thank you to all of the students, parent volunteers and talented directors that make this program so special.

Kim Sirian

Children's Coordinator
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Kim Sirian is in her 9th year working with the children’s cast.  She works closely with the directors and other staff members on all aspects of the children’s involvement in the musicals.  Kim can also be found in the costume shop whenever there is a need for headpieces or crafting work.

Kim has been very active in the choir and performing arts programs at Walled Lake Western.  She recently retired as the president of Choir Boosters after 10 years as a member.

Kim’s husband, Paul, also volunteers during the musicals usually building set pieces or ushering.  They are very proud of their two talented sons who graduated from Walled Lake Western and performed in many musicals and choirs.  Their older son, Ryan, class of 2011, works in sales in the automotive industry.  Cameron, Class of 2016, is pursuing a BFA in musical theatre at Texas State University.  It is his dream to be a professional performer.