About The Writers
Kyle Holmes (Book) and David Taylor Gomes (Music & Lyrics) started collaborating in 2012 at Granite Bay High School. Theatre at Granite Bay’s premiere of Ranked was their seventh musical as director and musical director.
In 2017 they were the first amateur theatre group to produce The Unfortunates, coming off of its run at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and A.C.T. San Francisco. Later in 2017, they developed Boxed Up - The Musical, an episodic six-part musical comedy that took place at the Warehouse Artists Lofts (WAL) First Friday event, and culminated in a concert performance at Capital Stage. Taylor-Gomes wrote the music and lyrics for Boxed Up, while Holmes was one of the show’s writers, producers and musicians.
Previous productions as director and musical director include Urinetown - The Musical, Shrek the Musical, Guys and Dolls, Into the Woods and Jesus Christ Superstar.
David Taylor Gomes
Music & Lyrics
David Taylor Gomes is a Composer, Actor, Music Director and Educator. He is a member of Actor's Equity Association, The Dramatists Guild of America, and the American Society of Composers and Publishers.
Prior to Ranked, David wrote the music and lyrics for Boxed Up - The Musical, an episodic, immersive, musical theatre experience produced at the Warehouse Artist Lofts (WAL) in Sacramento, CA. He performed his original composition “Hold On” in Resilience, a dance concert produced by Sacramento Contemporary Dance Theatre and choreographed by Jacob Gutierrez Montoya. David has performed his original music at New Helvetia Theatre, Green Valley Theatre, Capital Stage, The Crest Theatre, Sacramento TBD Fest, and Bottle Rock Napa, where he performed with the Alternative Rock band Autumn Sky. In 2015 David performed alongside Tresa Honaker and AirAligned Aerial Dance Group at TedX Sacramento at the Sacramento Community Center Theater.
Acting credits include The Host in Musical of Musicals: the Musical and The Suspects in Murder for Two (Sacramento Theatre Company), Moritz in Spring Awakening and Larry in [title of show] (Green Valley Theatre Company)
He has musically directed numerous productions including Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play (Capital Stage), Wonderful Town (Davis Shakespeare Ensemble), In the Heights, The Light in the Piazza, and Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party (Green Valley Theatre Company), Jesus Christ Superstar, The Unfortunates, Into the Woods, Shrek, and Urinetown (Theatre at Granite Bay), and Legally Blonde (Missouri Street Theatre) starring Rhiannon Hansen of MTV’s The Search for Elle Woods.
David is a co-founder of The Sacramento Musician’s Collective, where he coaches actors and singers, many of whom have gone on to perform professionally in New York, Los Angeles, on national and international tours, off-Broadway, on Broadway, and in the West End. He has led educational workshops with Lenaea Theatre Festival, CSU Sacramento, UC Davis, Sacramento Theatre Company, Folsom Lake College, Hawkins School of Performing Arts, and Broadway Dreams Foundation.
Kyle Holmes is an educator, director, playwright and member of The Dramatists Guild of America. As the Director of Theatre Arts at Granite Bay High School for the past nine seasons, he has produced and directed over twenty main stage productions, and his students have gone on to create art in Los Angeles, New York City, Ashland, Oregon, and across the United States.
Notable directing credits include the amateur world premiere of The Unfortunates coming off of its run at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and A.C.T. San Francisco, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Into the Woods. Prior to Ranked, Holmes collaborated with Gomes as a writer, producer and musician for Boxed Up - The Musical, an episodic six-part immersive story staged at the Sacramento Warehouse Artist Lofts (WAL).
In 2018, he was one of four theatre arts teachers in California chosen to serve on the California Department of Education’s Visual and Performing Arts Standards Advisory Committee (CDE VAPA SAC), re-writing California’s K-12 Standards for Theatre Arts. He was recently recognized as Teacher of the Year by the Roseville Joint Union High School District for the 2018-2019 school year.
During the summer, Holmes has spent the past seventeen years with Sugarloaf Fine Arts Camp, where he teaches theatre arts and works with The Sugarloaf Station Foundation to raise scholarship money for students furthering their artistic passions.
Kyle attended UC Davis from 2008-2012, receiving his B.A. in English, single subject teaching credential for English, and M.A. in Education.