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A message from our Board

To our dearest subscribers, volunteers, actors, directors, apprentices, staff, and patrons,

The Little Lake Theatre Company Board of Directors is proud to announce our new Artistic Director- Ms. Jena Oberg! Jena has currently been our Production Manager, as well as part of our artistic team during this transition time. Jena is a familiar face as she has been part of the Little Lake family for 20 seasons. She has served in many capacities from actor to camp director to mainstage director, and more. Her experience and expertise in many areas of artistic direction, from her education, to her technical knowledge, to her experience with many actors and theatre companies make her an exceptional choice for our new Artistic Director. The board is honored to have Jena Oberg take the reins of Little Lake Theatre Company and drive us into the future. Please help us welcome and congratulate Jena Oberg to her new role- Little Lake Theatre Company’s Artistic Director.

Little Lake Theatre’s 68th Season is off to a wonderful start! We are delighted to be serving up a season filled with light-hearted comedy, madcap adventure, and sweet romances. Anna in the Tropics was a great artistic success. Audiences fell in love with the hilarious comedy, Jeeves Intervenes . They were whisked away to sunny Italy on an adventure of romance, laughter and a refreshment of the spirit in Enchanted April . They learned that “there’s no business like show business” with Light Up the Sky . And the rest of our season promises to be just as entertaining.

This summer, join Jean Brodie as she fights fiercely for her “girls,” her job, and her honor in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie . Become an accomplice as Hal and Dennis struggle to find a place to hide their stolen money in Joe Orton’s dark comedy, Loot . Discover it is never too late to fall in love with the U.S. premiere of A Fine Bright Day Today .

Later in the season, be a part of an absurd love triangle with Luv . Revel with impish Puck as he meddles in the lives of lovesick runaways and feuding fairies in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Remember the sweetness of new love in Last Train to Nibroc . And celebrate the holidays at Little Lake with a new comic adaptation of A Christmas Carol , a treat for the whole family.

And don’t forget our plays for young audiences! Join us this summer for a magical adaptation of Beauty and the Beast , and a world premiere play, A Surprise for Lydia . Discover that anyone can be a star with our Fall Family Matinee production of Fancy Nancy, the Musical .

Do you have a favorite Little Lake memory or funny Little Lake story? We would like to hear from you. You can pick up a “My Little Lake” card from the box office or email your story to us at info@littlelake.org. We have had a blast reading the stories that have already been submitted.

To those of you who are new to Little Lake Theatre, welcome! We hope you enjoy The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and that Little Lake will become like family to you as well. We are so excited to share this season with you.

Sincerely,

Kathy DeBlassio

President, Little Lake Board of Directors

DEAD ACCOUNTS OPENS AT LITTLE LAKE

Comedy by Theresa Rebeck will surprise audiences with a dark twist

CANONSBURG, PA, September 9, 2015 – On September 10, Little Lake Theatre Company (www.littlelake.org) will present the area premiere of Theresa Rebeck’s Dead Accounts, a bold comedy with a surprising criminal twist.

A long-time fan of Rebeck’s work, Artistic Director Roxy MtJoy said she is excited for Little Lake to take on a script written by this influential female playwright. “Theresa Rebeck has done a lot for women in theatre, and her plays have a unique tone that I think our audiences will really enjoy.”

Why is Jack back in his parents’ Cincinnati kitchen in the middle of the night eating ice cream from a half dozen cartons that, by the way, he paid a thousand dollars for? And, even though the family can’t stand her, where is his wife? And what was that he said about 27 million dollars? While its snappy dialogue and colorful characters are sure to leave audiences laughing, Dead Accounts is also a serious story about what happens to a person when he suddenly realizes that his life is not at all what he was hoping it would be.

Art Deconciliis directs a stellar ensemble cast featuring Greg Caridi, Danette Levers, Rebecca MacTaggart, Vincent Marshall, and Marianne Shaffer.

Dead Accounts runs September 10-12, 17-19, and 24-26. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.littlelake.org/box-office/ or by phone at 724-745-6300.

A LITTLE HOTEL ON THE SIDE OPENS AT LITTLE LAKE

John Mortimer’s French farce is the “wackiest” show this season

CANONSBURG, PA, August 14, 2015 – On August 20, Little Lake Theatre Company (www.littlelake.org) will bring to the stage John Mortimer’s A Little Hotel on the Side, a slam-bang comedy adapted from the original French farce by Georges Feydeay and Maurice Désvallières.

“We are excited to have this hysterical comedy as our sixth Main Stage show of the season,” said Artistic Director Roxy MtJoy. “It is unlike anything else our audiences will see this year!”

Leading man Monsieur Pinglet sets out for a romantic liaison with his neighbor’s wife but instead encounters half of Paris in their selected hotel, including many of his own relatives and the Inspector of Public Morality! Thwarted passion, robust mayhem, and an obscure Parisian hotel where the corridors see more action than the beds bring a hilarious evening of mistaken identities and slamming doors—all the sidesplitting elements of classic farce from the playwright who is considered to be the master of the genre.

Featured throughout the show are actors Tom Protulipac and Stacey Rosleck, who portray Pinglet and his almost-lover, Marcelle, respectively. “Tom plays a lothario with a perfect air of sarcasm, and Stacey brings life to Marcelle with elements of ingénue and fed-up wife,” said director TJ Firneno. Even with a total of 26 actors, Firneno said the scenes “gel perfectly” thanks to each actor’s personal flair and comedic timing.

“This production is the first full-on, wacky, zany farce for Little Lake’s 2015 season,” he added. “Audiences should expect a little attempted infidelity, a pinch of mistaken identity, a lot of craziness, and a lot of laughter!”

A Little Hotel on the Side runs August 20-22; 27-30 and September 3-5. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.littlelake.org/box-office/ or by phone at 724-745-6300.

About Little Lake Theatre Company

Little Lake Theatre Company, a 501c3 non-profit organization, was founded in 1949 by Will Disney. Its mission is dedicated to presenting a thoughtful, well-balanced offering of plays appealing to an audience of mixed social, economic, educational, and generational levels; providing comprehensive training and hands-on experience in theater arts to emerging, as well as experienced actors, designers, and technicians; involving the community in outreach programs designed to provide accessibility and to encourage appreciation of live theater.

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AREA PREMIERE OF ‘LAST GAS’ OPENS AT LITTLE LAKE;

CANONSBURG, PA, JULY 7, 2015 – Little Lake Theatre Company (www.littlelake.org) announces that Last Gas, a play by John Cariani, will open on July 9th.  The fourth installment of Little Lakes Mainstage series of plays is another area premiere.

“This play is heartbreaking, hopeful, and honest,” said Roxy MtJoy. “It will move you and make you laugh; it is full of all of the crazy contridictions that make up real life.”

In Last Gas, Nat Paradis’ old high school flame returns for her mother’s funeral and walks into the convenience store Nat and his dad run in rural Northern Maine (“Last chance to use a landline for 38 miles!”) Suddenly, Nat comes face to face with a chance to “get back to happy.” With a cast of delightful characters putting their noses into Nat’s business, this exploration of lost love, love that’s not quite right and love that is just right, John Cariani (author of the audience-favorite Almost, Maine) pens a funny and touching “everyday” love story.

Little Lake artist director, Roxy MtJoy directs Last Gas that features James Curry, Rebekah Hukill, Mary Liz Meyer, John Michnya, Michael Petrucci, and Phil Powell.

“This cast has a great mix of exciting Little Lake newcomers like John Michnya and Michael Petrucci and talented vets like James Curry and Mary Liz Meyer,” said MtJoy. “I think audiences are going to fall in love with each of their characters.”

Last Gas runs July 9-11; 16-19 and 23-25. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.littlelake.org/box-office/ or by phone at 724-745-6300.

About Little Lake Theatre Company

Little Lake Theatre Company, a 501c3 non-profit organization, was founded in 1949 by Will Disney. Its mission is dedicated to presenting a thoughtful, well-balanced offering of plays appealing to an audience of mixed social, economic, educational, and generational levels; providing comprehensive training and hands-on experience in theater arts to emerging, as well as experienced actors, designers, and technicians; involving the community in outreach programs designed to provide accessibility and to encourage appreciation of live theater.

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Media Contact: Roxy MtJoy, Artistic Director 323.717.3990 roxy@littlelake.org