Cast and Creative Team- A Masterpiece of Comic…Timing

The Cast

Sara_Barbisch1Sara Barbisch (Nola Hart)- Little Lake is delighted to have Sara back on our stage. She had taken a few seasons off from acting here to manage our youth theatre program and direct for our Looking Glass Theatre and Fall Family Matinees. Now that her kids are all in school, Sara jumped right back on stage. Little Lake Audiences last saw Sara in Love, Loss, and What I Wore. Other favorite roles at the Lake include Gilda Radner in Bunny, Bunny, Susy in Wait Until Dark, and Myra in Talking Pictures. Sara has also worked with many other local theatre companies, including playing Lucy in Avenue Q and Ulla in The Producers, both with Stage 62.


greg headshotGreg Caridi (Danny “Nebraska” Jones)- Greg is happy to be comically depressed yet again… onstage that is. He played Milt in last season’s production of LUV. He is also happy that he will get to keep his feet firmly on the ground in this production, trading bridge railings for a typewriter. Greg is no stranger to Little Lake,  having now appeared in 22 mainstage productions. His favorite Little Lake roles include Michael in God of Carnage, Jack in Dead Accounts, Adult Ralphie in A Christmas Story, Michael in Dancing at Lughnasa, Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps, and Douglas Panch in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Earlier this year Greg played the title character in Trumbo with South Park Theatre.


art headshotArt DeConciliis (Jerry Cobb)- Art is excited to get back to work on the Little Lake stage after a month away, during which he played a very proud but sentimental father of the bride at his youngest daughter’s wedding and then took a well-deserved vacation. Earlier this season, Art appeared as Lord Aster in Peter and the Starcatcher and directed Proof. Up next, he will be teaching the “I Can Do That Too!” Acting Class, directing Clue: The Musical and playing half of the residents of Tuna, Texas in A Tuna Christmas. Art is used to being busy at the Lake, having appeared in and directed over 140 productions with us. His favorite roles include Sterling in Mauritius, Arnold Wiggins in The Boys Next Door, Reverend Hale in The Crucible, and Rick Steadman in The Nerd.


jeff headshotJeff Johnston (Charlie Bascher)-Jeff feels right at home playing Art’s busy assistant in this show, because he has served as assistant director for two plays Art has directed (Loot and Proof). In fact, Jeff has been very busy at Little Lake in general. He started this season playing Mack/ Sanchez/ Grempkin/ Fighting Prawn in our season opener, Peter and the Starcatcher, directed Little Lake’s labworks production of Forerunners for the Pittsburgh New Works Festival, and will appear as Mr. Green in our upcoming production of Clue: The Musical. Over the years at Little Lake, Jeff has appeared in numerous productions including Is He Dead (Dutchy), The Miracle Worker (James Keller), and Little Shop of Horrors (Skip Snip). Recently around the Pittsburgh area, Jeff could also be seen as Gomez Addams in The Addams Family with Spotlight Musical Theatre, Billy in Anything Goes with Theatre Factory, Charlemagne in Pippin (Best supporting actor nominated) with Theatre Factory, and Herman in Cabaret with Split Stage Productions.


james new headshotJames Critchfield (Director)- Aside from being very funny, James is one of the most nurturing directors we have ever encountered. This is no surprise since he has spent most of his professional career teaching theatre. This Point Park University grad has been on the acting staff of Point Park University, University of Pittsburgh, The Falk School, Duquesne’s Vincentian Academy, and PMT’s Rauh Conservatory, to name a few. For Little Lake, James has directed Last Train to Nibroc, Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr., and appeared as Robert in Proof. He boasts an impressive resume as director and actor and has been a proud member of Actors’ Equity for twenty years. James has appeared in almost 200 productions including Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof with PMT, the Stage Manager in Our Town with Actors Civic Theatre, the Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance with Pittsburgh Savoyards, and Father Christmas for The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Pops. Some of James’ favorite productions as a director are Giannischicchi with Pittsburgh Savoyards, Miracle on 34th Street with Prime Stage Theatre, Perfect Wedding with South Park Theatre, Pump Boys and Dinettes with Actors Civic Theatre, and The Foreigner with Baldwin Players.


The Production Team

Jared Pfennigwerth, Technical Director
Pam Pasternak, Properties Manager
Sophia Englesberg and Nandita Mahesh, Stage Managers
Bella Englesberg, Moriah Hathaway,
and Martha McElligott, Production Run Crew
James Orr, Production Photographer