Max Andrae (Ted)- Max, we discovered during rehearsals, is a wonderful musician and spends all his free time, when not at Little Lake, writing songs and playing in his father’s band. But strangely, Peter and the Starcatcher is Max’s first musical with the Lake, though we are sure it won’t be his last. Max, a member of our apprentice company, has appeared in several shows at Little Lake including Luther in Inspecting Carol and Snickerdoodle Sam and others in A Surprise for Lydia. He has also appeared in several productions at Peters Township High School (where he is a freshman) including Dr. Seward in Dracula and Prouvaire in Les Misérables.
Andy Coleman (Smee/ Greggors)- Andy is a huge proponent of #dogintheoffice, and campaigned regularly to incorporate dogs into tonight’s show. (Sorry to disappoint.) To get his mind off the lack of puppies, we gave Andy a ukulele to play instead with the challenge of learning how to play it in less than three weeks, a mission he eagerly accepted. Andy now can play an amazing “Part of Your World”. We are grateful Andy is part of the Little Lake world again having played Tiny Tim, Messenger, and Dick Wilkins in last season’s A Christmas Carol and Clown in The 39 Steps. Elsewhere, Andy has played Jerry in Squabbles for South Park Theatre, Freddy in Picasso at the Lapin Agile with Hambones Theatre Company and Mario in Your Princess is in Another Castle for the Pittsburgh New Works Festival.
James Curry (Boy)- James is having a bit of an identity crisis since recently going from a middle aged alcoholic (Thenardier in Les Misérables at Peters Township High School) to a nameless, naïve thirteen year old in this play. James is used to bouncing (sometimes literally- we remind you of his portrayal of Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream last season) from one character to another, having already built a sizeable theatrical resume by his senior year. At Little Lake James has played Eugene in Brighton Beach Memoirs, Peter in The Grand Manner, and Chaiam in Letters to Sala, just to name a few. James also has extensive experience in film direction and production and will be studying film at Emerson College in the fall.
Carly DeCock (Molly Aster)- Carly was thrilled to be able to use all of the special skills listed on her resume during Peter and the Starcatcher: “eating sushi in heaping amounts” (those pre-rehearsal dinners were pretty fishy); “dancing like a mermaid” (also a little fishy); and “breaking James Curry’s heart onstage”, a skill she mastered this past fall as Young Sala in Little Lake’s touring production of Letters to Sala. Last year at the Lake, Carly also played Jenny in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Little Lake audiences have also seen Carly as Madeline in Madeline’s Christmas and Ladybug in James and the Giant Peach. Earlier this year, like her costar James Curry, Carly played a middle-age lush (as the title character in The Drowsy Chaperone for Upper St. Clair High School, where she is a senior). This fall Carly will be attending Baldwin Wallace University, majoring in Music Education.
Art DeConciliis (Lord Leonard Aster)- Art is excited to get back to work on the Little Lake stage after a few months of rest in the off season, which is a good thing because he will have one busy year at the Lake. This season, Art will be directing two plays (Proof and Clue: The Musical), and acting in three shows, including playing half of the residents of Tuna, Texas. In addition to his jam packed theatre schedule, Art will be the father of the bride at his youngest daughter’s wedding this summer. 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.
John Herrmann (Alf)- After having to wear a dance belt in last season’s Enchanted April, John was quite relieved that we were only asking him to wear a padded bra and mermaid tail in this show. Luckily, this diesel technician and avid motorcycle rider, is used to 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 wear a wacky outfit once more (and fart on cue). 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. However, this season at Little Lake, John will be spending his time flexing his comic muscles, as he will be playing Professor Plum in our upcoming production of Clue: The Musical.
Jeff Johnston (Grempkin/ Mack/ Sanchez/ Fighting Prawn)- It is a good thing Jeff is getting his masters in counseling from Duquesne University, as we imagine it helps him switch from personality to personality in this production. Jeff tells us that he does love getting to change accents and characters on command, which is good because he will be adding yet another character to the list when he plays Mr. Green in this fall’s 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, and Herman in Cabaret with Split Stage Productions.
Bill Lyon (Black Stache)- Bill tells us he “is excited to chew the scenery on purpose for once” as Black Stache. (We are hoping he means figuratively but have paint on standby for any needed repairs). He is also thrilled to be sporting such a dashing mustache in this play. Last season Bill played Eustace Bassington-Bassington in Little Lake’s production of Jeeves Intervenes., Bill has also played Tom in The Glass Menagerie, The E.O. in The Simpleton of the Unexpected Isles, and Mr. Martin in The Bald Soprano, all with Duquesne University’s Red Masquers. He is also a video producer for his production company, High Spot Media. Bill would like to thank his friends and family for their love and support, especially his girlfriend Elizabeth.
Eric Mathews (Captain Scott)- We aren’t sure which is more impressive, Eric’s enormous t-shirt collection or his reigning title as “Geekiest Cast Member.” He will challenge anyone who asks to a trivia duel or a Dungeons and Dragons showdown. (He is currently conquering the D & D world with cast mate, Bill Lyon). Eric’s impressive smarts and creativity have come in handy onstage at Little Lake as well when he played Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Mathieu in A Little Hotel on the Side. Elsewhere, Eric could be seen as Mr. Spritzer/ Mr. Pinky in Sewickley Area Theatre’s production of Hairspray and Dr. Scott in The Rocky Horror Show. Eric is also a member of the Film Company Gaffe Tape and a Prayer.
Pam Pasternak (Mrs. Bumbrake/ Teacher)- Pam began her acting career, also playing a nanny (in Mary Poppins)…. 50 years ago! (We are certain she must have been five years old at the time.) And just like Mary Poppins, Pam, who is our resident properties master, doesn’t go anywhere without her bag of tricks- though her bag most often contains duct tape and a glue gun instead of lamps, medicine spoons, and bird cages. When she isn’t busy backstage making amazing props for our productions, you can occasionally catch Pam onstage. Some of her favorite roles have been Aunt Spiker in James and the Giant Peach, Mrs. McCarty in Our Town, and Cousin Rozia in Letters to Sala. Up next for Pam, a season’s worth of design work. She is most excited to create the oversized game cards and pieces for Clue: The Musical.
Tom Protulipac (Slank/ Hawking Clam)- Tom, like his character Slank, is terrified of cats, which made working on the cat puppet scenes especially tricky. Luckily, this avid hot yoga practitioner, felt at home during our rehearsals of the tropical jungle scenes. Hopefully he will feel equally at home when he finds himself in hot water as Francis in our upcoming production of One Man, Two Guvnors. At Little Lake, Tom has played Pinglet in A Little Hotel on the Side and Truscott in Loot. Tom has also appeared in numerous productions in the Pittsburgh area including Dan in Night Must Fall with Smithfield Street Theatre, Clay in Postcards from a Dead Dog with Bricolage Theatre Company and Charley in Merrily We Roll Along at the Pittsburgh Playhouse. Tom sends a special thank you to his mother for running lines with him. That experience inspired him to write a play entitled Line, Mother, which we hear may be a comedic sequel to What Ever Happened to Baby Jane.
Nick Staso (Prentiss)- Nick is incredibly excited to work on Peter and the Starcatcher but even more excited that he gets to play a human for most of the show, having previously played Yellow Dog in Go Dog Go at Little Lake, Simba- a lion- in The Lion King at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School, and Flotsam- an eel- in The Little Mermaid at Geyer Performing Arts Center. Though we are sure his experience in The Little Mermaid inspired his mermaid character in this show. At Little Lake, Nick has also played Caleb in Sarah Plain and Tall and Ben in The Monster under the Bed. Nick has been performing around Pittsburgh for ten years. Some of his favorite roles include Bamatabois in Les Misérables at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School and Prince Herbert in Spamalot at Geyer Performing Arts Center.
Jena Oberg (Director) – Jena has been waiting for the opportunity to direct this play since she first read it years ago, since Peter Pan is one of her all-time favorite stories and this prequel is full of imagination, adventure, and humor. (Who wouldn’t want to work on a show where eight grown men play mermaids?) She is also incredibly excited for the 2017 Little Lake season. This year, Jena will be directing Wonder of the World and The Crucible, will collaborate on the remounting of A Tuna Christmas, and play Catherine in Proof. In the past fifteen years, Jena has directed over thirty shows for Little Lake including Outside Mullingar, The 39 Steps, Dancing at Lughnasa, The Farnsworth Invention, The Miracle Worker and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She would like to dedicate this show in memory of her dad, a “a real Starcatcher.”