Clue: the Musical Cast and Creative Team

The Cast

laura barletta (2)Laura Barletta (Detective/ Choreographer)- Laura tells us she is ready to put her sleuthing skills to the test in Clue: the Musical. We are thrilled that Laura has danced her way back on to the Little Lake stage, having taken a two year “pregnant pause” to have her son, Matthew. Earlier this season, Laura choreographed for Junie B. Jones, the Musical. Laura has appeared many times on the Little Lake stage, including Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, Olive in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Alison in Brooklyn Boy, and Mandy in Time Stands Still. Other favorite roles include Cathy in The Last Five Years with Off the Wall Productions, Kate Monster in Avenue Q, and Janet Van De Graaff in The Drowsy Chaperone, both with Stage 62. “Much love to her husband, Matt.”

dewayne curryDewayne Curry (Colonel Mustard)- Dewayne is a jack of many trades, including blacksmithing. In fact, he forged the knife weapon used in this show. When he isn’t busy working in the blacksmith shop at Meadowcroft Rock Shelter and Historic Village, Dewayne can be found at JFK Catholic School as the afterschool administrator, serving on the board of directors for Washington Community Theatre, or entertaining his family with songs he has made up about them. This is Dewayne’s first performance at Little Lake. He recently appeared as Hot-Blades Harry in Urinetown: the Musical with Washington Community Theatre. He would like to thank his amazing wife, Dorothy, and his three daughters for their love and support.

sammi headshot (2)Samantha DeConciliis- Davin (Miss Scarlet)- Samantha was forced to play Clue as a child, since it was her father’s (director Art DeConciliis) favorite game. She is excited that this time she gets to be a part of the murder, not just solving it. Little Lake audiences may remember Samantha as Lady Caroline Bramble from our production of Enchanted April and Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, both last season. Other favorite past productions include Cher in Divas and Legends Cabaret at Slippery Rock University, Logainne SchwartzandGrubenierre in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Annie in Over the Tavern, both at Little Lake. Samantha is very excited to soon be following in her father’s directorial footsteps when she directs her first show, Annie Jr. for the McGuffey Drama Club, where she teaches 7th grade English.

kathy hawkKathy Hawk (Mrs. Peacock)- We feel it is about time that we finally get Kathy onstage at Little Lake. She has worked behind the scenes teaching dance for our Musical Theatre Summer Camp and is currently music directing our upcoming production of Yes Virginia, the Musical. Kathy, a music teacher by profession, is no stranger to the spotlight, however. She recently appeared as Karin in Church Basement Ladies, Parts I and II at South Park Theatre. Elsewhere, she has played Joanne in Company with Washington Community Theatre, Sister Sophia in The Sound of Music with Pittsburgh Musical Theatre, Emma in Jekyll and Hyde with Mon River Arts and Judy Steinberg in It Shoulda Been You with The Lamp Theater. But her favorite role is still being mom to her two daughters, Alexis and Samantha, and wife to her husband Clarence.

john herrmann headshotJohn M. Herrmann (Professor Plum)- After having to wear a dance belt in last season’s Enchanted April and a padded bra and mermaid tail in Peter and the Starcatcher, John was relieved that he would only be asked to wear a purple suit for Clue, the Musical. Luckily, this diesel technician and avid motorcycle rider is used to playing wild characters and wearing outrageous costumes, having played a 6’3” tall daddy monster in The Monster Under the Bed for Little Lake’s Looking Glass Theatre several seasons ago. Perennially a good sport, John jumped at the chance to tango onstage and wield multiple murder weapons for this show. Occasionally, John does get a chance to play more serious roles, having been Wilson in Harvey and Matthew in A Gift to Remember at Old Schoolhouse Players.

leah headshotLeah Hillgrove* (Mrs. White)- Leah recently pointed out to us that this is the second show in a row that her character carries a flask. We are pretty convinced it simply contains high doses of caffeine, since Leah recently pulled double duty at the Lake as both a performer (Lois in Wonder of the World) and audience member/ proud mom of Max, one of our apprentices (appearing in Peter and the Starcatcher and Rapunzel). Previously, Little Lake audiences have seen Leah in many productions including Ala in Letters to Sala, Doris in The Loman Family Picnic, Mom in A Christmas Story, and Mrs. Cratchit in both Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge and A Christmas Carol. Elsewhere, Leah has appeared in over a hundred shows including the title role in Evita with Apple Hill Playhouse (as well as the understudy for Evita at the Pittsburgh CLO) and Sister Mary Leo in Nunsense at the Pittsburgh CLO Cabaret Theatre. She can also be heard as lead vocalist for the band “The Resonators.” *member of Actors’ Equity Association.

FullSizeRender.jpg (2)Jeff Johnston (Mr. Green)- As a child, Jeff was never allowed to play Clue, because his mother hated the game. Luckily, he was able to convince her to come see him play the game onstage. His mother is no stranger to the Little Lake audience since she has been here three other times this season to see Jeff’s work. He started this season playing Mack/ Sanchez/ Grempkin/ Fighting Prawn in our season opener, Peter and the Starcatcher, assistant directed Proof, directed Little Lake’s production of Forerunners for the Pittsburgh New Works Festival, and appeared as Charlie Bascher in A Masterpiece of Comic… Timing. 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.

Eric Thomas (Mr. Boddy)- We are delighted to have Eric back on the Little Lake stage after he took a fifteen year hiatus to work for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and raise his three sons. (Though we did catch him in the audience from time to time, watching his son, Matthew, and wife, Catherine, as they performed on our stage.) Eric was last seen as Snoopy in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Other favorite roles include Jack in Into the Woods with Apple Hill Playhouse, Japheth in Two by Two with Greensburg Civic Theatre, Larry in Let’s Kill the Boss with Murder Mystery Theatre, and Annas in Jesus Christ Superstar with Pittsburgh Musical Theatre.

art headshotArt DeConciliis (Director)- Art is a Clue fanatic. In fact, the Clue game he received for his fifth birthday remains one of his most prized possessions. Of course, this season, Art hasn’t had a whole lot of time to play games, since he has been very busy with his daughter’s wedding and projects at the Lake. Earlier this season, Art appeared as Lord Leonard Aster in Peter and the Starcatcher, directed Proof, appeared as Jerry Cobb in A Masterpiece of Comic…Timing, is currently teaching our “I Can Do That Too!” acting class and will soon be donning a dress and heels as half of the residents of Tuna, Texas in A Tuna Christmas. In his 33 years with us, Art has performed in over 100 plays and directed over 40. As a director, his favorites include Proof, The Glass Menagerie, Apartment 3A, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Little Shop of Horrors and The History Boys.

Laura DanielsLaura Daniels (Music Director)- Though you’d never know it to look at her, Laura has music directed and taught musical theater for more than 30 years with the Center for Theatre Arts, CLO Academy, and Kids Theater Works. Her favorite music directing credits include Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, The Fantasticks, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Godspell. She has appeared in numerous productions as well, including Alice in You Can’t Take it With You, a daughter in Pirates of Penzance, and Lady Nijo in Top Girls. Laura is co-music director of Temple Sinai’s Mostly Musical Shabbat and has been a presenting artist for Gateway to the Arts. She has also played in the orchestra pit for musicals, performs solo piano/vocal, and has sung back-up vocals for John McDonald as well as Mark Milovats’ Children’s Miracle Network Christmas shows. Laura recorded the piano tracks for cabaret versions of songs by John Hayes, including I’m a Song, which she co-wrote. She is a member of MTAP (Musical Theater Artists of Pittsburgh), a group of artists who collaborate to write new musicals. We are thrilled to have her as part of our Little Lake family.

The Production Staff

Technical Director- Jared Pfennigwerth
Properties Manager – Pam Pasternak
Assistant Director- Jeff Johnston
Scenic Artists- Jena Oberg and Pam Pasternak
Costume Designer- Lauren Gardonis
Stage Manager-  Dylan Blussick
Production Run Crew- Jade Leach and Kelsey Leach
Production Photographer- James Orr