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aaronson Larry Aaronson


Larry equates his wacky Bar Show experience to the fun of summer camp. A 15-year show veteran, Larry has played characters including Kermit the Frog, a bed bug, and a recurring role as Rahm Emanuel. Behind the scenes, Larry serves as the Bar Show's graphic artist and marketing chair, proudly designing the cover art and associated marketing materials for numerous productions. He serves on the board of Deerfield Family Theater and has performed in many of their productions, including Oliver, Willy Wonka, and Bye Bye Birdie. Larry is a senior partner with McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP, where he focuses on patent prosecution in the telecommunications and software fields. Larry lives in Deerfield with his amazing wife Holly and their terrific kids Lindsey and Adam.

Sandy Andina


A 1975 graduate of Seattle University Law School and admitted in WA and IL, Sandy Andina is in her 12th year in the Bar Show cast. She's an actively touring singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, both solo and as half of folk duo Andina & Rich. Performing all over Chicagoland and the Midwest, she's released five CDs (solo & ensemble) and is about to release three more (one solo). Married 43 years, she lives in Chicago with her husband, son (a comedy writer and improv actor) and the three cats who own them.

balfour Ron Balfour


Ron once dreamed of a career in theater until his childhood director informed him in no uncertain terms that he was too short to play a convincing romantic lead. Ron gave up "serious" acting soon thereafter, starting instead down the path that led him to law school. However, the acting bug never fully left his system, and - though the theater where he performed with Columbia Law Revue was only on Broadway in the most literal of senses (the building was actually located on Broadway) - Ron found that his height did not prevent him from convincingly portraying a loud, ridiculous lawyer. For obvious reasons, Ron is excited to make his CBA Bar Show debut.

Cliff Berman


This year marks co-head writer Cliff Berman's 30th consecutive Bar Show. His favorite roles include Chief Justice William Rehnquist singing "Music of the Right", Jerry Reinsdorf singing "Pagliacci" when Michael Jordan first left the Bulls, and Mayor Richard M. Daley singing "I Dunno" (to the music of "Figaro") in 1999. He won the "Horse's Ass Award" for his performance as architect Stanley Tigerman singing "Putting it Together" in 1989. Cliff is Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Catamaran Corporation and a registered pharmacist. He attended pharmacy school at the University of Michigan, Loyola Law School, and holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. Cliff and his wife Lori reside in Lincolnwood and have three children, Gregory, Jeremy and Melanie.

boehm Jack E. Boehm, Jr.


Jack Boehm is partner with the law firm of Fisk Kart Katz and Regan, Ltd. Mr. Boehm received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame, and his Juris Doctor from The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois. Jack is making his 5th appearance in the Bar Show. In addition to the Bar Show, Jack has sung in church choirs and also appeared in Wilmette Theater's production of The Fantastiks When he is not lowering property assessments in the Merry Old Land of Lawz, Jack enjoys traveling, reading, cooking, and singing in the shower.

Barbara Burns


Barbara has been part of every show since joining in 1991. She began with bit parts, including a show where she whispered only one word. Being a non-chorus member for ten years gave her the opportunity to develop her role in props and costumes. Being a lifelong seamstress and a former kindergarten teacher gave her skills to spare. Some memorable props and costumes include a birthday cupcake for Hillary Clinton's 50th birthday scene, building a Stanley Cup to celebrate the last winning season and an array of Lady Gaga costumes. Barbara is honored to be a winner of the Spear Carrier and Quilici Cup awards.

carroll Jacqueline Carroll


Jacqueline remembers seeing the Bar Show as a little girl and planned her life so she could perform in it one day. Jacqueline began acting as a child at the Piven Theater and has studied at Steppenwolf, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London and Stella Adler in New York. After her parents made her get a real degree, which she did at Northwestern University, she headed to L. A. to pursue acting. Then came Bush v. Gore and her obsession with the law. And The Daily Show. After graduating from law school at Loyola, Jacqueline became an Assistant State's Attorney by day and a Lady Gaga/Sarah Palin/Lindsay Lohan impersonator by night.

Beth Chiarello


Beth is pleased to join the cast of the Bar Show. She is a partner at Sidley Austin LLP and a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law. Beth grew up dancing in St. Charles, Illinois, where she studied under the late Ellen Copeland of the Copeland Dance Academy. Beth is happy to have the opportunity to dust off her tap shoes again and perform.

eav Monica Eav


Monica is excited to join the cast of the Bar Show for the first time. She is a native of Texas and Colorado and a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard University. She has been practicing immigration law at the Law Offices of Robert D. Ahlgren and Associates, P.C. since 2008. She hasn't set foot on a stage since her high school and college days of musical theater, forensics competitions (anyone else from the West who knows what that is??), hip hop/jazz/modern dance company performances, and performances with her college traditional Filipino dance troupe.

Genevieve Essig


Genevieve is an associate in the Environmental and Workplace Health & Safety Law group at Jenner & Block LLP. She is enjoying this brief sojourn back to her previous life, before song and dance were replaced by research and writing, as a first-time member of the cast of the Bar Show. Genevieve's favorite past productions include Bye Bye Birdie, Zombie Prom, Into the Woods, Gianni Schicchi, Die Fledermaus, Die Zauberflote, and Die Schauspieldirektor.

gabe Allen S. Gabe


This is Allen's 40th consecutive Bar Show. A past chairman, Allen has had stellar roles from King Kong's hand to a shoe, a circus clown on stilts, a Wookie, a flasher, Groucho Marx, and frequently a secret service agent protecting whatever president is in office. He is the recipient of the Spear Carrier Award and Quilici Cup. Allen is married to Chris and has two wonderful daughters, Emily and Molly, two great sons-in-law, Matt and James, and the best granddaughter in the world, Anabel. Allen, a former United States Marine Corps sergeant, is the principal in Allen Gabe Law LLC and practices family law and divorce, real estate, commercial litigation and business.

Megan McCarthy Hays


Megan McCarthy Hayes is proud to say this is her 5th year in the Chicago Bar Show! Megan graduated from Marquette University with a theatre degree. While attending Marquette, she was also a scholarship student at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. During her college years she was given the opportunity to study Shakespeare at the London Dramatic Academy in London, England. A few of her favorite roles include: Fanny from Funnygirl, the Wicked Witch from Wizard of Oz, Lucy from Snoopy! and Sarah from the Book of Job. Megan is an attorney with the law firm of Katz & Stefani, LLC, recognized by U.S. News-Best Law Firms as a Tier One Firm in Chicago for Family Law. There she focuses her practice on divorce, same-sex dissolutions, child custody and financial matters. She lives in the loop with her wonderful husband Tom.

jeltes Jenny Jeltes


This year marks Jenny's 6th year in the Bar Show. Jenny enjoyed dance and musical theater performance in high school and continued taking dance classes throughout college. To offset the demanding practice of law in addition to running a business, Jenny also takes improvisational classes at Chicago's iO Theater in Lincoln Park. In Jenny's words: "Humor is crucial in this profession!" Jenny graduated with honors from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and then attended Wayne State University Law School in Detroit. She has actively practiced law in Illinois since 2007 and opened up her law firm in 2009. The Law Offices of J. Jeltes, Ltd. recently celebrated its 5th year anniversary. Her practice includes matters in the areas of divorce custody, child support, visitation, adoption, guardianship, and post-decree litigation. The firm also handles probate litigation and estates. Jenny lives in Lincoln Park with her adorable feline, Sassy. When not performing or working, Jenny enjoys running, live music and comedy, cooking, and listening to vinyl.

Amy Keller


This is Keller's fifth year in the bar show, where she has enjoyed entertaining audiences with such diverse and varied roles like "hot cop", and "prostitute number 3." Keller pretended she was a ballerina for the first 18 years of her life, and then danced a bit in college at the University of Michigan. When not pretending to sing and dance, she is a consumer protection attorney at Wexler Wallace LLP. She likes long walks on the beach, bourbon, and Led Zeppelin.

kelly Kate Kelly


Kate marks her 22nd Bar Show this year. She has played roles from Miss Piggy to Hillary Clinton and from Paula Jones to Michelle Bachman. As Road Show coordinator, Kate works with local charities to schedule smaller versions of our December production at other venues. Kate sings at weddings, funerals, in the community and in the shower. She works for the federal government by day.

Julie Koerner


Julie is only a third-year veteran of the Bar Show, but her love of performing on stage has spanned over 20 years and over 40 musical and non-musical productions in the suburbs and the City. Some of her favorite roles and shows include the Drowsy Chaperone in "The Drowsy Chaperone", Erma in "Anything Goes", Nancy in "Oliver", Ilona Ritter in "She Loves Me" and Tracy Lord in "Philadelphia Story." In addition to theater, Julie has also sung, performed, and recorded with a number of bands and talented musicians over the years. When not singing, performing or playing her accordion, Julie practices law with the firm of O'Halloran Kosoff Geitner & Cook, where she has been an associate for 10 years. Her practice is mainly in the area of municipal defense, including civil rights and personal injury claims. As a litigator, Julie has had over 30 jury trials, and she credits her success and ability to think on her feet and be persuasive on all of the theatrical skills she has honed over the years.

lampert Marla Lampert


Marla is happy to return to The Bar Show for her fourth year as director/choreographer. Prior to that, she choreographed the show for many years. Marla's work has been seen at the Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Drury Lane Oakbrook, and Northlight Theatre. She also served as an artistic associate at Apple Tree Theatre. Marla worked as a choreographer on the five-year Sondheim celebration at the Ravinia Festival. Those productions featured Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald, George Hearn and Michael Cerveris. She stages many live corporate shows, and has been a guest artist at Northwestern, DePaul, Roosevelt and the Shanghai Conservatory. She won a Jeff Award for Outstanding Choreography for Kiss of the SpiderWoman, and is a member for the Society of Directors and Choreographers.

Brienne Letourneau


Brienne, who returns this year for her second Bar Show, is a proud alum of the Harvard Law School Drama Society, where she directed and performed in the 2010 Parody (Ocean's Replevin) and played lead roles in the 2009 Parody (The Hark Knight) and Arsenic and Old Lace. Other favorite productions include West Side Story (Maria), Les Miserables (Cosette), and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Hermia). Brienne grew up studying dance, acting, and voice, and graduated with a minor in Dramatic Art from the University of North Carolina, where she also performed with Company Carolina. Brienne is an associate at Jenner & Block LLP, where she has practiced in the Litigation Department since 2011.

marks Jeffrey Marks


Jeffrey is a civil trial attorney with over 100 jury verdicts and has been in the show for 34 years. He's a judge for the Chicagoland theatre Jeff Awards (not named after him), seeing 150 shows per year, and volunteers with Lawyers for the Creative Arts. He's performed in too many musicals to list. Memorable Bar Show roles include tap dance numbers (where he has portrayed all of our Governors, Mayors, and some Vice-Presidents), and singing and touring for many years with the show's a cappella quartet (now disbanded). He's married to director/musician (he'll show you her Grammy Award if you ask) Stevi Marks, and his son Zack is the drummer in the show's pit band.

David Miller


David has been a member of the Bar Show cast since 2005 and has been co-writing the show with Cliff Berman since 2011. He was always interested in doing community theatre and, because he is an ambulatory male who can breathe on his own, he was able to do a good number of shows, including his two favorites: "How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" and Two By Two" (look it up - Richard Rogers wrote the music). He currently practices creditor's rights law with the firm of Blitt And Gaines in picturesque Wheeling. He is grateful to Carol, his beautiful wife, for her constant support and inspiration. Unfortunately, space limitations made it impossible for him to mention his fabulous daughters Emily, Jill, Toni, Laura and Ellen and his equally fabulous daughter-in-law Luma . Maybe next year, girls!

oh Eleanor Oh


This is Eleanor's eighth year in the Bar Show. She also has performed in The Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre's production of Merry Kwanzaa. In addition to performing onstage, Eleanor also enjoys doing voiceover work. She is an Assistant State's Attorney in Cook County and works in the Juvenile Justice Bureau.

Melissa Redondo


Melissa couldn't be more excited to join such a talented cast for her second Bar Show. The performing arts have been an instrumental fixture in Melissa's life from a young age. A classically trained soprano who studied voice for over a decade, she participated in her first musical at age 10 and hasn't stopped performing since. Whether on stage or at the local karaoke bar, she's always eager to share her passion. Favorite roles include Maria in West Side Story, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, and Marty in Grease. She earned her degree in Business Administration and Marketing at the University of Illinois and graduated from Loyola University School of Law. Melissa is the proud owner of a startup company and serves as its in-house counsel. She loves to indulge her wanderlust, cook, exercise, and experience all the cultural outlets this great city has to offer.

reynolds Gina Reynolds


Gina is excited to be returning for her sixth year in The Bar Show. A native of rural Pennsylvania, she has been performing in and choreographing for Chicago area theater productions for the last decade. Favorite Bar Show roles include Gaga dancer in "Bad Finance" (sung by Rahm Emanuel to the tune of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance"), a cheerleader in "Oh Wiki" (an ode to Wikipedia to the tune of the 1980's hit "Mickey"), Tattoo-Yoga girl in "Anything Goes," and a Fosse dancer in "Cell Block Tango." Gina serves on the Costume and Prop Committee, scouring area thrift stores and carrying her sewing machine to the theater for last minute costume fixes. She's an attorney at Moises Hernandez, Esq., LLC in the Loop, where she focuses on immigration. Ella habla espanol.

Matthew Riley


Matthew is making his debut in the Bar Show this year and is excited to revisit the musical paths his mother nudged him down when he was a rebellious and unruly teenager. Matthew studied voice at the Boston Conservatory of Music and William Jewell College under Arnold Epley. He has performed in Virgil Thompson's opera, Four Saints in Three Acts, Robert Chauls' Alice in Wonderland, and Bertolt Brecht's The Threepenny Opera. Matthew has also appeared as a featured baritone soloist with the Liberty Symphony Orchestra. While attending the University of Kansas School of Law, he joined the Kansas City Symphony Chorus under the Grammy award-winning direction of Charles Bruffy, performing a number of memorable concerts and finding music a great respite from his legal studies. Since graduating and moving to Chicago, he remains an avid Jayhawk basketball fan ("Rock Chalk!") and is the founder and president of Vitruvian Law.

schleppenbach Jay Schleppenbach


This is Jay Schleppenbach's third year in The Bar Show. He's a graduate of the Second City Conservatory in improvisation and comedy writing, and has appeared in a variety of Chicago area sketch comedy shows. While at the University of Illinois College of Law, Jay was co-director and co-writer of the annual Law Revue production. He has a music degree from Millikin University, where he was a member of the University Choir, the Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra. A former partner in the securities litigation and arbitration practice groups at Jenner & Block LLP., Jay currently works in the Office of the Illinois Attorney General.

Stephanie Sexauer


Stephanie is thrilled to make her debut with The Bar Show in its 90th year! Stephanie would like to thank her high school voice teacher and very dissatisfied dance teachers for making it all possible. Stephanie received a BFA in Acting from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, before making her way to the John Marshall Law School, where she focused her talents as Vice Barrister of the highly regarded Trial Advocacy and Dispute Resolutions Honors Board. She practices in the Probate Division of Cook County, primarily in guardianship and elder law, as a new associate with Ruben M. Garcia, P.C. Many thanks to the cast, her family and friends, and new coworkers for encouragement!

slovin Stan Slovin


Stan is a Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager for Morgan Stanley, focusing on Portfolio Management and Retirement Planning. He is a graduate from University of Illinois with a BS in Finance and has a Juris Doctorate from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago. Stan has a love of theatre and has been performing in shows since high school. A six-year veteran of The Bar Show, Stan loves the comedy, camaraderie, the music and the magic that the talent and tradition delivers each year. He dedicates each performance to his family - Jodi, Josh and Abby.

Ebony Smith


Bar Show newcomer Ebony C. Smith is a native of Birmingham, AL. She graduated from the University of Alabama in 2011 and is a third year law student at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Ebony has performed with The University of Alabama Afro-American Gospel Choir as a soprano and a dancer. Ebony is also a trained violinist with over 10 years of experience. Upon graduation, she hopes to focus her career on international and domestic commercial transactions, litigation, and arbitration.

smoler Emma Smoler


Emma Smoler is a trial lawyer with over thirty jury verdicts under her belt. When she not in front of a courtroom audience, Emma moonlights as a violinist in Chicago's biggest event band. A classically trained violinist, Emma has toured and performed around the world. This is her fourth year in the bar show, and her first year on the bar show creative committee. Emma graduated from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, where she was a staff writer for the John Marshall Law School newspaper. When she is not honing her Kate Middleton impression, Emma likes singing show tunes to her very favorite audience: her husband and two kids.

Joe Stone


This year marks past CBA President Joe Stone's 52nd year in the show, making him the second longest performer after Fred Lane. In the early years BW (before women), Joe played a variety of female roles, including Mary Poppins and Jackie Kennedy. Of Counsel at Seyfarth Shaw, he founded the Business Law Clinic at Loyola School of Law, where he also teaches. Joe serves as an arbitrator in the Circuit Court and as a mediator in commercial disputes and remains an active tennis player even at this advanced age.