Creative Team- The Philadelphia Story

The Cast

Carley Adams croppedCarley Adams (Liz Imbrie)- Carley lists playing the piano, eating Kalamata olives like candy, and wielding a lightsaber as special skills on her resume. We are sure two out of the three come in handy in her work as a fundraiser at Children’s Hospital, though much to Carley’s dismay she will not be using any of those skills in this play. However, this energetic philanthropist is thrilled to be appearing again at Little Lake, having played Miss Lowell in last season’s Light Up the Sky. Recently, Carley could also be seen as Gillian in Bell, Book and Candle at South Park Theatre and Nurse Kelly in Harvey with Old Schoolhouse Players.

Leighann Calamera croppedLeighann Calamera (Tracy Lord)- Like her character, Leighann is a perfectionist. Though we are sure this just means she is practically perfect in every way. We are delighted to welcome Leighann back to the Lake, where she played May in last season’s Last Train to Nibroc. Other recent performances include: Lilly McBain in Swingtime Canteen and Murphy in Suite Surrender at South Park Theatre. She also played Axel Hammond in The Nerd, Chris Gorman in Rumors, and Chiffon in Little Shop of Horrors with Mon River Arts. Leighann would like to thank her fiancé, Brian, and their fur babies (two black cats named Poe and Bram) for their love and support.

Ellen Kasik CroppedEllen Kalik (Elsie/ Stage Manager)- Ellen had lots of practice preparing for the wedding party in this play, since she had celebrations for both her birthday and anniversary during the rehearsal process for the show. Little Lake is celebrating the fact that we have Ellen back on our stage, having last appeared at the Lake as Mrs. Gloop in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Ellen has appeared in countless plays around the Pittsburgh region. Her favorite roles include M’Lynn in Steel Magnolias and Meg in Crimes of the Heart at Comtra Theatre, Jaqueline in Don’t Dress for Dinner at Greensburg Civic Theatre, Muriel in The Fox on the Fairway with The South Hills Players and Judith Bliss in Hay Fever with The Heritage Players.

Tom KolosTom Kolos (George Kittredge)- Tom is one of the most graceful actors that has graced the Little Lake stage. This isn’t surprising since Tom has spent much of his career (when not acting, of course) as a ballroom dance instructor with Arthur Murray and as an ACE certified personal trainer, currently working at X Shadyside. Tom has also spent the past year touring with the Pittsburgh CLO Gallery of Heroes production of Steel and playing Nick in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf with Cup-A-Jo Productions. Other favorite roles include Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid with Pittsburgh Musical Theatre and Joe Pitt in Angels in America, Parts I & II with Throughline Theatre Company. Up next, Tom will be playing The Monster in Young Frankenstein with West Virginia Public Theatre.

Eric Leslie CroppedEric Leslie (Macaulay Connor)- Eric is an insomniac internet addict. We are pretty sure the insomnia at least is due to the fact that Eric is in the process of buying a house and is in the stage of home buying where he feels “it would be best if everyone lived in caves- caves with hot water and internet.” The insomnia may also be due to the fact that Eric is quite busy with theatre projects this year. Later this season at the Lake, he will be playing John in Middletown and John Proctor in The Crucible. Last season for the Lake, Eric could be seen as Teddy Lloyd in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol. Other favorite roles include: Judge Haywood in Judgment at Nuremberg, Mortimer Brewster in Arsenic and Old Lace, both at Throughline Theatre Company, where Eric also serves as the business manager.

Everett LoweEverett Lowe (C.K. Dexter Haven)- Everett, like his character is an all-around cool guy-  a poker playing,  pool aficionado, self-professed procrastinator.  While The Philadelphia Story is Everett’s first performance at the Lake, he is no stranger to the Pittsburgh theatre scene having played numerous roles at area theatres including: Ernst Janning in Judgment at Nuremberg and Jack Gurney in The Ruling Class with Throughline Theatre Company, Dr. Chasuble in The Importance of Being Earnest with Prime Stage Theatre Company, Will Masters in Bus Stop with Duquesne University’s Summer Company, and Saturninus in Titus Andronicus with Cup-A-Jo Productions. Everett also recently directed Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, also with Cup-A-Jo Productions.

Eric Mathews Cropped 2Eric Mathews (Sandy Lord)- Eric is thrilled to be appearing in The Philadelphia Story but even more excited that he doesn’t have to spend half of this production gagged and tied to ladders, like he was as Captain Scott in our production of Peter and the Starcatcher. Also for Little Lake, Eric has 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.


Joyce Miller
(Margaret Joyce MillerLord)- Joyce tells us her favorite activities, aside from acting, are golf, spending time with her husband (who is her best friend and greatest supporter) and being mom to her two sons… though not necessarily in that order. Joyce has played a wide range of mothers onstage as well: Stella Livingston in Light Up the Sky, Gingy in Love, Loss and What I Wore and Ethel Banks in Barefoot in the Park at Little Lake Theatre, Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie at Old Schoolhouse Players, and the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet at South Park Theatre. Of all the roles Joyce has played over the years, being “Nonna” to her beautiful grandchildren is still her favorite.

Jared Pfennigwerth croppedJared Pfennigwerth (Thomas/ Mac)-  Jared definitely wins the busiest cast member award, since he is playing two roles this evening, while running the lights and sound for the performance and rehearsing for his upcoming role as Hal in Little Lake’s production of Proof.  However, Jared is used to wearing many hats, since he works at Little Lake as our technical director, teaches for our behind the scenes summer camp, and teaches acting for ACT ONE Theatre School and Donna Belajac casting. As an actor, Jared has appeared both on stage and screen. Favorite roles include: Harry in Letters to Sala, the Baker in Into the Woods, a Stygian Triplet in Dogma, and Darren in One for the Money.

Mairead Roddy croppedMairead A. Roddy (Dinah Lord)- Mairead, a musical theatre major at Point Park University, is hilariously funny (and a great sport). She fully embraced the challenge of learning to play the accordion while singing and dancing ballet around the stage. (We are certain these new skills will be useful in her future theatrical career). Recently, with Point Park University, Mairead played Olive in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever and appeared in two cabarets with PARK Productions. For Mt. Lebanon High School, Mairead played Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun and Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd. This is Mairead’s first performance at Little Lake. Welcome to the family!

Norm WashNorm Wash (Uncle Willie)- Norm has spent a lot of time recently dreaming of his eventual retirement. In addition to doing more theatre, he can’t wait to read all the books and watch all the movies he has never had time to enjoy. (We are excited that he will have even more time for theatre projects.) Norm is a proud graduate of Little Lake’s “I Can Do That” acting class in 1999, and has been a regular on our stage ever since. At Little Lake, he played Lt. Rooney in Arsenic and Old Lace and multiple roles in Our Town to name a few roles. Norm could also be seen as Dr. Mortimer in It Runs in the Family with Old Schoolhouse Players, Paravicini in Mousetrap and Bud in Dearly Departed, both with Baldwin Players.

Keith ZagorskiKeith Zagorski (Seth Lord)- Like his character, Keith is rather used to appearing in tabloid magazines. Luckily, Keith’s appearances were surrounded by less scandal than his character’s. As a child, Keith and his entire family were featured in national ad campaigns for life insurance.  When he isn’t gracing the pages of Life, Keith can be seen exploring national parks with his wife, Liz, and daughter, Megan. He can also be found at The Bobcat Players in Beaver County where he has played Bernard in Boeing-Boeing, Bud Mitchell in Old Love, Elwood P. Dowd in Harvey, and Charlie Baker in The Foreigner, to name a few. For Little Lake, Keith could be seen as Milton Farnsworth in A Fine Bright Day Today and Guthrie McClintic in The Grand Manner. Up next, Keith will be appearing in our production of One Man, Two Guvnors.

lora sketchLora Oxenreiter (Director)- When we put The Philadelphia Story on our season schedule, a play with many characters in a lavish setting with many period costumes, Lora seemed the perfect fit to direct it – especially given her wonderful direction of Light Up the Sky last season. Lora has been actively involved in theatre for over 50 years.  All these years later, she is still at it, directing for an assortment of theater companies and schools. Memorable among them are: Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theater, Little Lake Theater, South Park Theater, Actors Civic Theater, McKeesport Little Theater, Phase 3, Prime Stage, Stage Right, University of Pittsburgh, CCAC South Campus, PNWF and Mon River Arts, to name a few.  Recently, she directed Beauty and the Beast at Ambridge High School and the world premiere of Rust at Duquesne University.  Lora sits on the Board of the Pittsburgh New Works and also serves as the Managing Director.

PRODUCTION STAFF

Jared Pfennigwerth, Technical Director
Pam Pasternak, Properties Manager
Ellen Kalik, Stage Manager
Lexi Feldman, Apprentice Stage Manager
Lee Forrest, Production Run Crew
James Orr, Production Photographer

SPECIAL THANKS
For their contributions to this production, we sincerely wish to thank: Kathy and John DeBlassio, It’s New to Me (522 Valley Brook Rd, Venetia, PA 15367, 724-942-1921), and Bahr Hardware (136 N Central Ave, Canonsburg, PA 15317, 724-746-5777. For tech Sunday dinner, we sincerely wish to thank Kurt Spear and the Spear Family.