Lexi Feldman (Sweetheart/ Voices)- Alexis’s character name, Sweetheart, describes her to a “t.” This Upper St. Clair Junior is one of the sweetest people we know and always willing to jump in and help. Alexis is a third year apprentice at Little Lake and has appeared on our stage numerous times. Her favorite roles at Little Lake include Wanda in Fancy Nancy, the Musical, Rachel in Alexander is Not, Not, Not, Not Going to Move, Isabel in Madeline’s Christmas, and Rachel/Sara in Letters to Sala. Elsewhere, Alexis played Kitty in The Drowsy Chaperone, Gertrude in Seussical, and Shprintze in Fiddler on the Roof with the Pittsburgh CLO, where she was a Mini Star.
Roberta Honse (Aunt/ Attendant)- Apparently, Roberta has become the resident aunt at Little Lake, having played Aunt Agatha in last season’s Jeeves Intervenes and now the aunt in Middletown. (We can’t imagine a better aunt to have.) Previously at Little Lake, Roberta appeared on our stage as The Lady in A Little Hotel on the Side. Other favorite past roles include Grace in Bus Stop with The Summer Company, Annie in Moll Flanders and Ouisa in Six Degrees of Separation, both at the New Olde Bank Theatre. Her favorite role to date though, is being a mother to her kids, Michelle and Michael, and “BeeGees” to her grandson, Ryan. “See Michael, my friends still let me play.”
Eric Leslie (John Dodge)- Like his character, Eric is an insomniac and often spends his evenings pondering life. We are pretty sure the insomnia at least is due to the fact that Eric is a very new home owner and in rehearsals for two shows at the same time. Later this season at the Lake, he will be playing John Proctor in The Crucible. Previously for the Lake, Eric could be seen as Macaulay Connor in The Philadelphia Story, 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.
Danette Marie Levers (Female Tourist/ Woman on Date/ Attendant)- Danette loves being a tourist (especially in Europe), so she seemed like a perfect fit for this role. When not traveling the globe and cruising around town in Eggatha Christie (her beloved Fiat convertible, appropriately named because it looks like an egg), Danette works as a proofreader typist and acts whenever possible. This year, Danette played Lois in Cahoots with South Park Theatre. Other favorite roles include Kate in All My Sons with Prexie Performers, Christine in The Bad Seed with New Olde Bank Theatre, and Lorna in Dead Accounts and Molly in The Female of the Species, both at Little Lake.
Bill Lyon (Mechanic)-Bill is excited to work on Middletown and get to stretch his dramatic muscles, since he is usually cast in very comedic roles. Previously for the Lake, Bill was seen as Blackstache in Peter and the Starcatcher and Eustace Bassington-Bassington 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. (Little Lake was excited to discover this fact and sends a big “Thank you!” Bill for his recent video work for our new company profile video.) Bill would like to thank his friends and family for their love and support.
Mary Meyer (Mary Swanson)- Mary considers herself a “connoisseur of small Midwest towns”, having spent much of her life in various towns throughout Michigan, Indiana and Illinois. She tells us that “it still feels like yesterday that she moved to Pittsburgh,” though it has already been ten years (whoosh, clank!). This Midwest native has certainly made a home at Little Lake, appearing in over 20 plays on our stage. Some of her favorite roles include Sarah Goodwin in Time Stands Still, Sonia in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, and Lusia in A Shayna Maidel. Mary also made her directing debut this season at the Lake with our production of Rapunzel. She would like to thank her husband, David, and two sons for all of their wonderful support.
Andy Pivarnik (Man on Date/ Landscaper/ Janitor)- Little Lake is thrilled to welcome Andy to our stage, and really to any stage, since his previous work has been in film and commercials. Andy recently completed a 22 episode reality television show for the Discovery Channel called Fat and Furious. The show featured Andy and his three brothers as they revived old muscle cars and got them back into shape for racing. He also recently attended the premiere for his latest television series, Halftime. Andy plays the coach of a football team in this new comedy about the locker room antics during the 12 minutes between halves of a football game. Welcome to the Lake, Andy!
Tom Protulipac (Male Tourist/ Ground Control/ Radio Host)- Since last appearing on our stage, Tom has returned to practicing hot yoga, become Roberta’s roommate, and begun work on their collaborative web series, Muumuus and Mimosas. This year at Little Lake, he played Bill Slank/ Hawking Clam in Peter and the Starcatcher and Francis in One Man, Two Guvnors. 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.
Ned Salopek (Public Speaker/ Greg/ Male Doctor)- Ned not only plays a doctor in Middletown, he actually plays one in real life. Ned, a former US Navy Medical Officer, spends his days as a family physician. He also goes on yearly medical mission trips to Honduras and Appalachia. (He is also a gifted visual artist). Luckily for Little Lake, Ned finds some time to act as well. He appeared on our stage as Gordon Lowther in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and Henri Paillardin in A Little Hotel on the Side. Ned was also seen as Forrest in Forrest’s Lump, a University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Scope and Scalpel Society Production.
Fatu Sheriff (Freelancer/ Female Doctor)- Fatu is a classically trained singer, with a beautiful voice and a degree in music. We are so glad she has found her way into the Little Lake family this season. While Middletown is her first production at the Lake, she will also be playing Tituba in our upcoming production of The Crucible. Outside of Little Lake, Fatu lists her favorite stage experiences as acting in Poof, directing Duo, and being in the chorus for Verdi’s La Traviata. When she isn’t acting, Fatu is a full time student working towards a degree in nursing (no wonder she plays a convincing doctor). She also loves to travel and hopes one day that her travels take her to Japan. She dedicates this performance to her mom.
Charlotte Sonne (Librarian)- Very much like her character, Charlotte is “an aficionado of eclectic styles of music, and avid reader, likes to mother people”. This professional singer/ music instructor has lots of experiencing with mothering/grandmothering since she has 3 children, 8 grandchildren and several dozen vocal students. Previously at Little Lake, Charlotte played Mrs. Savage in The Curious Savage and Mrs. Bird in The Adventures of a Bear Called Paddington. Other favorite past roles include Rebecca Nurse in The Crucible with Prime Stage Theatre, Grandma Kurnitz in Lost in Yonkers with The Old Schoolhouse Players, Irena in The Music Lesson and Amanda in Southern Comforts with South Park Theatre.
Erin Urban (Tour Guide)- Erin is excited to be returning to the stage, after a nine year hiatus, but not as excited as we are that she is back! In the past nine years, Erin has focused on her career as professional writer and editor for the government and been an avid patron of the arts. This is Erin’s first performance at Little Lake. Elsewhere, she could be seen as Miss Crowe in A Man of No Importance with Bay Theatre, Venus/Orion in Gallatika with Classika-Synetic Theatre, Scarella in Sleeping Beauty with Missoula Children’s Theatre, The White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland with the American Family Theatre, and Sang Picker in Sand Mountain with The Florida Project. Erin also played all of the characters in The Wizard of Oz with a Stevens Puppets Children’s Theatre national tour. “Love and thanks to my husband, Chris, and my parents.”
Jonathan Wilson (Cop)- Originally a Pittsburgher, Jonathan has just returned to the ‘Burgh after thirty years away, working as an actor and director in theatres from New York to Texas. As a director, he has worked on many shows including Vanities Off-Broadway with The Producer’s Club, Children of a Lesser God with ONSTAGE in Bedford and Steel Magnolias with the Artisan Center. His favorite roles as an actor include John Merrick in The Elephant Man, Danny Zuko in Grease, and Eddie Carbone in A View from the Bridge. Jonathan is also the owner and operator of Renovated Reality Theatre Company. Middletown marks Jonathan’s debut at Little Lake. Jonathan would like to dedicate his performance in this production to his mom.
Ponny Conomos Jahn (Director)- Ponny has been quite busy at the Lake this season, acting in our touring production, teaching for our summer camps, directing two productions (Middletown and The Audience), and being a proud audience member for her daughter, who also appeared on our stage this summer. In addition to directing The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie last season, Ponny has also appeared on our stage numerous times including Letters to Sala in the role of Ann and Tansy in The Nerd. Ponny has worked in theatres all over the world including work with the Prague Ensemble Theatre in the Czech Republic and Buffalo Theatre Ensemble in Chicago. (And, of course, her rendition of West Side Story in her parent’s backyard in Upper St. Clair as a child). Ponny would like to thank her family (Arne, Chris, Kella and Sofia) for all their love and support.
THE PRODUCTION STAFF
Technical Director- Jared Pfennigwerth
Properties Manager – Pam Pasternak
Stage Manager- Lexi Feldman
Production Run Crew- Jacob Malizio, and Trey Morris
Production Photographer- James Orr