Rick Bryant (Tony Blair/ Security Guard)- Rick was thrilled to be able to work on The Audience and play Tony Blair. We were even more thrilled that the rehearsal schedule fit in perfectly between his many trips carting his three active kids to and from sporting events. Though a huge hockey and football fan, Rick is also an avid thespian, acting in and directing many productions for Old Schoolhouse Players, most recently directing their production of Harvey and playing Father in last season’s production of Children of Eden. At Little Lake, Rick played Kevin in last season’s Inspecting Carol and has also appeared as Victor Fleming in Moonlight and Magnolias. Rick would like to “thank his wife and kids for their love and support.”
Bracken Burns (Anthony Eden/ Detective)- Like his character, Bracken is no stranger to public office, having served as a Washington County Commissioner for 16 years. He has appeared in theatre productions and commercials for over two times as long, having first appeared onstage when he was six, alongside his father, who was also an actor. Previously at Little Lake, Bracken has played The Old Man in A Christmas Story, Bill Starbuck in The Rainmaker, and Chervet in A Little Hotel on the Side. Other favorite roles include John Hancock in 1776 and the Stationmaster in A Gift to Remember, both with Old Schoolhouse Players.
Nate Butler (David Cameron/ Private Secretary)- Like his last performance at the Lake (Gareth, cab driver, and vocalist in One Man, Two Guvnors) Nate is playing multiple roles once again. 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. Elsewhere, Nate has played Dr. Lyman Sanderson in Harvey for Old Schoolhouse Players and Dr. Nikolai Zubritsky in Fools with West Noble Theatre.
Allison Cahill* (Queen Elizabeth II)- Allison was ecstatic, and honored, to play the Queen in this production, especially after learning about the incredible wardrobe she gets to wear. As a jewelry designer, fashionista, and costume fanatic, dressing up in these suits, dresses, capes, and jewels was right up her alley. We think the role of queen was also fitting, since Allison is a bit of Pittsburgh theatre royalty, having appeared on nearly every stage in the city. Some of her most recent performances include Lady Bird Johnson in Tea for Three at South Park Theatre, The Ghost of Christmas Past and Peg in A Musical Christmas Carol with The Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, and Mother Superior in Sister Act with Pittsburgh Musical Theatre. For Little Lake Theatre, Allison has played multiple roles including Mrs. Webb in Our Town, Masha in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, and Chana/Lucia in Letters to Sala. *member of Actors’ Equity Association
Patricia Cena Fuchel*(Margaret Thatcher)- Rather like her character, Patricia is obsessed with gardening (Margaret Thatcher took a particular interest in the rose garden at Chequers, the summer home of the PM) and cooking using freshly grown ingredients. Her pasta sauce is amazing, just ask her 12 grandkids! Last season, Patricia appeared as Ofelia in Little Lake’s production of Anna in the Tropics and Margaret in A Fine Bright Day Today. In addition to her work at Little Lake, Patricia has performed with many theatre companies in the Pittsburgh area, including the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre, Prime Stage Theatre, South Park Theatre, the Pittsburgh Fringe Festival, and Pittsburgh New Works Festival. In 2015, Patricia’s work with the Black and White Theatre Festival earned her a best actress recognition. Favorite past roles include as Violet in August: Osage County with Throughline Theatre Company, Mrs.VanDaan in The Diary of Anne Frank with Prime Stage, and as Aunt Gloria in The Sisters Sorella, a No Name Players web series. *member of Actors’ Equity Association
Madeline Dalesio (Young Elizabeth)- While working on this show, Madeline has become obsessed with “the history of the British Monarchy,” high tea, Harry Potter, and Prince Harry. Basically she is obsessed with all things British (and beginning with the letter “h”). And the best part, all of her English research for this play will earn her school credit. Little Lake audiences may remember Madeline as Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker, 1st Fairy in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lydia in A Surprise for Lydia, and Madeline in Madeline’s Christmas. Elsewhere, Madeline has played Molly in Annie for Old Schoolhouse Players and Amaryllis in The Music Man for Washington Community Theatre. Up next, Madeline has already begun learning all she can about the Titanic (yet another British connection) for her upcoming role in the movie Unsinkable.
Joe Eberle (Harold Wilson)- Joe drew on his knowledge of British history in preparation for this show; knowledge acquired from a 1995 trip to London (where he did not get an audience with the queen) and the 1980’s British television show, The Young Ones. We think his deep knowledge of theatre also played a part. Joe has quite an extensive acting and directing resume. He has directed for the Pittsburgh New Works festival for the last five years and will be directing Story Road for Stage Right Pittsburgh this season. His work on last season’s New Works show, Once Upon a Mattress Store, earned him the Donna Award for Outstanding Director. Onstage, Joe’s favorite roles include Vanya in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike for New Kensington Civic Theatre, Christopher Wren in Mousetrap for Stage Right and Juror #6 in Twelve Angry Men for Prime Stage. Joe is eternally grateful to his wife, Natalie, for her support.
Becky Herron (Bobo MacDonald/ Queen’s Attendant)- When not on stage, Rebecca finds herself rather busy with transcribing murder trials, training French Bulldog puppies to become therapy dogs, and climbing through branches of her family tree. While digging through family records, Rebecca did just uncover the fact that she is a descendant of the real life Lady Godiva. At Little Lake, she has played Mary in Stanton’s Garage, Aunt Sponge in James and the Giant Peach, and Aunt Violet in A Surprise for Lydia. Rebecca also recently appeared as Clair Schmidt in South Park Theatre’s production of Nana’s Naughty Knickers. After a rather lengthy resume of comedic roles, she is thrilled to finally be able to work on more serious material with this talented cast and director, though she tells us she is equally excited to serve as a dresser once again for our upcoming production of A Tuna Christmas.
David Hoffman (Gordon Brown)- David was thrilled to once again work on a play featuring the queen, since he considers himself one step removed from the Royal Family, having once been Prince Dauntless in Once Upon a Mattress and Geoffrey in The Lion in Winter. He also once had a short conversation with Helen Mirren (who plays Queen Elizabeth II in the movie The Queen) when his dog, Dulcinea, shared the screen with the actress in the movie The Clearing. This is David’s third show at Little Lake, having appeared as Sir Rupert Watlington (another British nobleman) in Jeeves Intervenes and Glen in Wonder of the World. David’s additional acting credits include Vic in Funny Money with Theatre Factory, Juror 12 in Twelve Angry Men with McKeesport Little Theatre, and Giles in The Mousetrap with Legacy Theatre.
Joe Macerelli (John Major)- An avid reader (especially historical and political stories) and golf enthusiast, Joe jumped at the chance to join the cast of The Audience, which contains lots of history and is set in the country that invented golf. He was also excited to brush off his British dialect having first used it on the Little Lake stage as Albert Parker in When We Are Married. Other Little Lake appearances include They’re Playing Our Song and Wait until Dark. Joe will be returning to our stage later this season as Thomas Putnam in The Crucible. With Stage 62, Joe has played Throttle in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Gatch in How to Succeed in Business…, and Juror #3 in Twelve Angry Men. Joe would like to dedicate his performance to his partners in crime: his beautiful wife Debra Ann, his three amazing grandchildren, and his best friend, Rande Stottlemyer.
Eric Mathews Winston Churchill/ Archbishop/ Sergeant)- Eric never thought he would spend three weeks researching the jaw movements of a historical figure, but he found himself doing just that (and much more) in his detailed work to prepare to play one of Britain’s most iconic political figures. This work definitely secures his reigning title as “Geekiest Cast Member. Just try to beat him in a trivia challenge! Eric’s impressive smarts and creativity have come in handy onstage at Little Lake as well when he played Captain Scott in Peter and the Starcatcher, Sandy in The Philadelphia Story, 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.
Terry Westwood (Equerry)- Terry is a self-professed British sitcom addict, which he claims helped him prepare for his role in The Audience. He also drew on this knowledge when he played Mr. Banks in Mary Poppins and Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, both at Comtra Theatre. Other favorite roles include: Bubbalowe in Too Many Cooks at Apple Hill Playhouse, Garry in Noises Off at Ligonier Theatre, Scrooge in A Musical Christmas Carol with the Geyer Performing Arts Center, and Otto Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank with Indiana Players. At Little Lake, Terry has appeared as Sidney Black in Light Up the Sky and Tom/Leslie/Phyllis in Sylvia. Later this season, Terry will play Rev. Parris in Little Lake’s production of The Crucible.
Ponny Conomos Jahn (Director)- Apparently it has become a requirement for any play that Ponny directs to include Scottish characters and bagpipes, having previously directed The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie last season at Little Lake. We are excited to see how she will work bagpipes into our upcoming production of Middletown, Ponny’s next directorial project at the Lake. In addition to directing, Ponny has appeared on our stage numerous times including Letters to Sala in the role of Ann and Tansy in The Nerd. Elsewhere, 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 CREATIVE TEAM
Jared Pfennigwerth, Technical Director
Pam Pasternak, Properties Manager
Jena Oberg, Costume Designer
Allison Cahill, Additional Wardrobe
Chelsea Hallman, Stage Manager
Kayleigh Peternel and Maddie Timko, Production Run Crew
James Orr, Production Photographer
For their contributions to this production, we sincerely wish to thank: It’s New To Me (522 Valley Brook Rd, Venetia, PA 15367, 724.942.1921), Philip Pelusi Salon at South Hills Village (412.833.6770), Jessica Kavanagh. For tech Sunday dinner, we sincerely wish to thank Jennifer Sinatra.