Harley Allen (Lloyd Boateng)- Harley is an expert underwater basket weaver- well, maybe not the underwater part, but he does enjoy oceanside basket weaving from his house in Florida, where he splits his time. He and his wife, Janice, also enjoy spending as much time as possible with their new granddaughter. We are delighted to have this very busy actor back our stage, having played Clarence in Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge several seasons ago. Elsewhere, Harley has been seen as Richard in Moon Over Buffalo and Matthew Clark in Twentieth Century with St. Vincent Summer Theatre, Silas Phelps in Big River with The Strand Theatre, Burt in A Bench in the Sun with The Bobcat Players, and Baron Elberfeld in The Sound of Music with Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center, to name a few.
Erin Bock (Dolly)- Erin is Little Lake’s own personal Elle Woods- a lawyer with a great fashion sense who occasionally bursts out into song. We don’t mind her musical refrains though because she is incredibly talented musically and are grateful she has shared those talents as the vocal coach of this production. For South Park Theatre, Erin played Bridget in Nana’s Naughty Knickers and Luisa in The Fantasticks. For Old Schoolhouse Theatre, she has played Myrtle Mae in Harvey and Eve/Mama Noah in Children of Eden. We are pleased to welcome Erin back to Little Lake, where she appeared (in her first ever production) in A Little Princess over twenty years ago. Though she is about to pursue her MFA in Musical Theatre at Boston Conservatory, we hope we won’t have to wait another 20 years to get Erin back on our stage.
Nate Butler (Gareth/ Ensemble)-Nate plays many roles in this show from waiter to policeman to driver to vocalist. But, he is used to wearing many hats since he plays many roles “during normal daylight hours” as well, from being a digital marketing pro to professional voice actor to dad. This is Nate’s first performance on the Little Lake stage, but audiences will see him again this season as David Cameron in The Audience. Elsewhere, Nate has played Dr. Lyman Sanderson in Harvey for Old Schoolhouse Players and Dr. Nikolai Zubritsky in Fools with West Noble Theatre.
Greg Curry (Ensemble)- Greg is no stranger to Little Lake, though he is usually here as an audience member where he is happy to support his four children, all of whom have performed on our stage. Combined, his kids have performed over 25 roles at the Lake. We are trying to help Greg catch up by giving him multiple parts to play in this show. Greg has appeared one other time on the Little Lake stage as Ernest “Casanova” Covet in A Little Hotel on the Side.
Neil Donaldson (Alfie)- Neil, as one of the younger cast members, is excited to play the oldest man in this show, but tells us Alfie isn’t the oldest character he has ever played. We wonder if this means he will be playing children when he is in his retirement. Though retirement is probably a long way away for this grad student, studying Physical Therapy. This is Neil’s first show on the Little Lake stage. He has recently been seen as Marek in Rust and Gangster #2 in The Drowsy Chaperone, both with The Duquesne University Red Masquers.
Craig Ketchum (Alan Dangle)- Craig, a Little Lake veteran, has been spending lots of time at our theatre this summer, both in rehearsals and as an instructor for several of our Theatre Arts Summer Camps. Craig tells us he is trying to get as much theatre in as possible this summer before he heads back to school, starting at Point Park University in the fall. When he isn’t busy acting or hitting the books, Craig can also be found coaching forensics for Mt Lebanon High School. Last season at Little Lake, Craig played Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Antony Wilding in Enchanted April.
Jennifer Kopach (Ensemble)- Jen, a teacher by profession, is kicking her summer off in style by cheering on her beloved Penguins, vacationing at the beach, and sweltering in our rehearsal barn while working on this show. Summer is her favorite time of year since she gets to spend time with her three greatest loves- golf, drinking wine, and her husband Kevin. (Don’t worry Kevin, we are sure she didn’t list these in order.) Jen’s favorite roles at Little Lake include Madame Pinglet in A Little Hotel on the Side, Clara Soppitt in When We Are Married and Miss Nelson in Miss Nelson is Missing. Later this season, Jen will return to our stage as the mother in Junie B. Jones, the Musical.
Jenny Malarkey (Rachel Crabbe)- Jenny has enjoyed getting to strut around on stage, disguised as a guy once again, having previously played Billy Tipton, a jazz musician who disguised herself as male to be a part of the jazz scene in the ‘30s. She has also played several Shakespearean men with the Virginia Shakespeare Company and North Carolina Shakespeare Theatre. Previously at Little Lake, Jenny played Emma in Emma, Marie Leroux in Is He Dead?, and MJ in Inspecting Carol, to name a few. Other favorite roles include Eileen in Moon Over Buffalo and Gloria in Boeing-Boeing with St. Vincent Summer Theatre, and Annette in Saturday Night Fever with Pittsburgh Musical Theatre. When Jenny isn’t appearing on stage, this nature photographer also teaches with the Pittsburgh Public Theatre and runs a pet sitting business.
Marsha Mayhak (Pauline Clench)- Unlike her character, Marsha is probably one of the brightest actors in the cast, which is no surprise since she tells us she spends all of her free time writing and reading Jane Austen and dystopian Novels. We wonder how she has any free time, since she works many jobs (including being a standardized patient, freelance writing and selling housewares and lingerie) and acts in many shows each year. Though this is Marsha’s first time on the Little Lake stage, she has performed all over Pittsburgh. Some of her favorite roles include Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice with Steel City Shakespeare Center, Maid Marian in Robin Hood with Gemini Children’s Theatre, Florence in Our American Cousin with Carlow University and Sally Bowles in I Am a Camera with The Duquesne University Red Masquers.
Connor McNelis (Stanley Stubbers)- We are delighted to welcome Connor back to the Lake, where he was last seen as Raleigh in Last Train to Nibroc. Recently, this graduate from Edinboro University with a degree in creative writing, has been enjoying the success of his short film, A Funny Man, for which he produced, co-authored and performed. In addition to his work in film, Connor has performed in productions throughout Pennsylvania. Some of his favorite roles include Charlie in Once Upon a Mattress Factory for the Pittsburgh New Works Festival, Chiron in Titus Andronicus with Cup-A-Jo Productions, Father in Six Characters in Search of an Author with Laugh/Riot Performing Arts Company, and Leo in Steel with the Pittsburgh CLO Gallery of Heroes.
Tom Protulipac (Francis Henshall)- Tom has discovered first hand with it feels like to be in the shoes of his character Francis since he has bounced so quickly from one production to another already this season. He opened our season as Bill Slank/ Hawking Clam in Peter and the Starcatcher, then immediately started working on this show. When this production closes, Tom will begin work on Middletown, where he will play the Male Tourist. In past seasons 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.
Lindy Spear (Ensemble)- Lindy “loves all things Little Lake,” which probably explains why she has decided to spend her entire summer here as camper, actor, stage crew and apprentice. In fact, by the end of the season Lindy will have appeared in three productions (this show, Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr, and as Betty in The Crucible), been on run crew for three shows (this show, Wonder of the World, and A Tuna Christmas) and ushered over four dozen times. Previously at the Lake, Lindy appeared as James in James and the Giant Peach, Pervenche in A Little Hotel on the Side, Penny in A Surprise for Lydia, and Bree in Fancy Nancy, the Musical. This past spring, Lindy played Adelaide in Guys and Dolls at Canonsburg Middle School, where she will be an 8th grader in the fall.
Jerry Wienand (Harry Dangle)- Jerry tells us he is currently working the best job he has ever had… retirement. Now that this lawyer is retired, he spends all of his time traveling the world with his wife Carol. In fact, he accepted this role while in the deserts of Egypt. Luckily, he is home long enough to have joined the One Man, Two Guvnors cast. Over the years at Little Lake, Jerry has appeared in numerous roles including as Herbert Soppitt in When We Are Married and Phil in Twigs. Other favorite roles include Harry Roat in Wait Until Dark with McKeesport Little Theatre, Theo in The Underpants with Stage Right, George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf with The Theatre Factory and Kris Kringle in Miracle on 34th Street with Prime Stage.
Keith Zagorski (Charlie Clench)- Earlier this season, taking only two days off after opening The Philadelphia Story (as Seth Lord), Keith excitedly dove into this role in One Man, Two Guvnors. He does love acting in farces having played Bernard in Boeing-Boeing and Charlie Baker in The Foreigner, both with The Bobcat Players. Other favorite roles with The Bobcat Players in Beaver County include Bud Mitchell in Old Love and Elwood P. Dowd in Harvey. For Little Lake, Keith has appeared as Milton Farnsworth in A Fine Bright Day Today and Guthrie McClintic in The Grand Manner. Up next, Keith will be enjoying some time off to explore national parks with his wife, Liz, and daughter, Megan.
TJ Firneno (Director)- We are delighted that TJ took some time off from playing with frogs in Texas (where he is a PhD candidate in Quantitative Biology) to return to Pittsburgh and direct this production. It is a Little Lake tradition to include a true or false fact about TJ in his bio. So, True or False, TJ has become a crazy cat person. Hint: during his Skyped production meetings, TJ often had to move to the next room to escape the meowing of his two new kittens. Before moving to Arlington during last season, TJ directed Jeeves Intervenes and appeared as Tyler Rayburn in Light Up the Sky. Also for Little Lake, TJ directed Grand Manner and A Little Hotel on the Side. Favorite past performances include Barnett in Crimes of the Heart, Benjamin Cohen in The Underpants, and O’Shaughnessy in Is He Dead?.
Jared Pfennigwerth, Technical Director
Pam Pasternak, Properties Manager
Kirk Howe, Musical Director
Erin Bock, vocal coach
Sydney Cicchini, Carly DeCock, Isabella Englesberg,
and Lindy Spear, Production Run Crew
James Orr, Production Photographer
For their contributions to this production, we sincerely wish to thank: Jill Spear, Sarah Buegeler, Lani Cerveris-Cataldi and Steve Fatla at Carlow University. For Tech Sunday dinner, we sincerely wish to thank Melissa Struzzi Englesberg.