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aaronson Larry Aaronson


Larry equates his wacky Bar Show experience to the fun of summer camp. A 16-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, 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.

Stephanie Arsenty


This is Stephanie Arsenty's Bar Show debut. Stephanie studied acting at the Second City and improv at iO. In ancient times at Western Illinois University, Stephanie was a flutist in various ensembles, and performed in choir and vocal jazz. Stephanie relies heavily on her musical training with regular performances at Chicago-area karaoke venues where she does a stirring rendition of :Wind Beneath My Wings". She is super glad that she got to be a lawyer so she could be in this show and fulfill her real dream of being a penniless actor. Stephanie is a graduate of Chicago-Kent College of Law and a solo foreclosure defense litigation practitioner. She would like to thank the Artist Formerly Known as Prince, Monty Python, Christopher Guest, and all the saints who have done their will throughout the ages.

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 31st 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 Option Care 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.

duff Ellen Duff


Ellen's been singing for decades in various school, church, and community choirs, and always wanted to be in the Bar Show. To her dismay, she discovered that her big-firm transactional practice demanded 110% commitment in the fourth quarter of every year: exactly when the Bar Show cast is preparing and performing the funniest musical comedy revue in Chicago. But hope persisted; Ellen finally got her wish when she retired as a partner of Winston & Strawn LLP. Ellen is the Bar Show's production manager, supporting the creative and production teams by planning, organizing, and troubleshooting to help make sure the show will be ready by opening night. (Strangely enough it all turns out well. How? We don't know, it's a mystery.) This year marks Ellen's sixth Bar Show. She has received the Spear Carrier and Quilici Cup awards.

Genevieve Essig


Genevieve is looking forward to singing and dancing her way through her third Bar Show, always a joyful frolic and detour from other pursuits. Genevieve's favorite past productions include Bye Bye Birdie, Zombie Prom, Into the Woods, Gianni Schicchi, Die Fledermaus, Die Zauberflote, and Der Schauspieldirektor.

fearnow Randall Fearnow


Randy is a partner with Quarles & Brady and a health law practitioner for far longer than you would imagine. Before that though, at the tender age of 8, he was pushed on stage as Emile's son in a Wabash, Indiana community theater production of South Pacific. He continued to act in school and community theater through his teen years holding down roles such as Horace Vandergelder in Hello Dolly, Paul in Carnival, Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, Charlie Brown in You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown, and Reverend Hale in The Crucible. Randy's three siblings all went on to successful careers as music and drama teachers (brother Mark is Chair of the theater department at Hanover College) but Randy, as the eldest, was urged to go into something more practical, like law perhaps. The acting bug never left him though. He appeared not too long ago as The Narrator in a non-equity production of The Laramie Project and has studied voice and performed cabaret tunes at the Old Town School of Folk Music. His wife, Beth Compton, an attorney with the State of Illinois, is his biggest (sometimes he thinks only) fan. They live not too far from Wrigley Field in an ivy covered home which was built 16 years before the land was cleared for Wrigley. They are both passionate life-long fans of the Cubs. Randy is thrilled about his debut in The Bar Show and is looking forward to the terror of opening night.

Jenny Jeltes


This year marks Jenny's 7th 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.

keller Amy Keller


This is Keller's sixth 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.

Kate Kelly


Kate marks her 23rd 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 church, in the community and in the shower. She works for the federal government by day.

koerner Julie Koerner


Julie is only a four-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.

Marla Lampert


Marla is happy to return to The Bar Show for her fifth 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.

letourneau Brienne Letourneau


Brienne is delighted to further her lifelong love of musical theater by performing in her third Bar Show. Her favorite past productions include West Side Story (Maria), Les Miserables (Cosette), and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Hermia). Brienne graduated from the University of North Carolina, where she minored in Dramatic Art and performed with Company Carolina. She obtained her JD from Harvard Law School, 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. Brienne is an associate at Jenner & Block LLP, where she practices in the Litigation Department. Her performances are made possible by the love and support of her husband, Richard, with whom she welcomed a son in July.

Jeffrey Marks


Jeffrey is a civil trial attorney with over 100 jury verdicts and has been in the show for 35 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.

miller 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!

Lindsey T. Millman


Lindsey is thrilled to join the cast of the Bar Show for the first time. Originally from Los Angeles, Lindsey grew up singing, dancing and performing. She considers dance her first love and has trained and danced professionally across the country from Millennium Dance Complex in Hollywood to Steps on Broadway in Manhattan. Lindsey is a proud Wisconsin Badger. While at the University of Wisconsin, she was a member of the Dance Elite Team and she wrote, choreographed and directed two award winning original musicals. She attended Vanderbilt Law School, where she performed throughout Nashville in an A capella group. When she isn't litigating at Lipe Lyons Murphy Nahrstdat & Pontikis, she teaches dance and performs as much as she can. She is an active member of the Chicago dance community and The Old Town School of Folk Music.

moore Joe Moore


Joe is pleased to rejoin the cast of the Bar Show after a nine year absence. Originally from Northwest Indiana, Joe grew up singing and dancing in a competitive show choir. He formed the all male acapella group "Freshman 15" at Northwestern Univerisity before attending Chicago-Kent College of Law. Joe's first Chicago Bar show was an amazing experience as he was cast as Frankenstein. After leaving for a few years to practice in Indiana, he is happy to return to Chicago and another Holiday Spirits show!

Rett Nelson


Leverett "Rett" Nelson started with the Bar Show in 2013, appearing as Eliot Spitzer and John Boehner (2013) and Vladimir Putin and Governor Quinn (2014). He is the Deputy Regional Counsel for Enforcement with the Region 5 Office of Regional Counsel, United States Environmental Protection Agency. He also taught environmental law at Loyola University's Institute for Paralegal Studies from 2003 to 2014. Rett received his BA from Carleton College and his JD from the University of Colorado, focusing on environmental law. Rett's musical career includes signing with numerous choirs and community choral groups; singing the national anthem with various choruses before both White Sox and Cubs games; appearing in a number of musicals and Gilbert & Sullivan productions; and playing classical and folk guitar. He and his spouse (married 6/6/15!) have lived in Ravenswood Manor for 25 years.

oh Eleanor Oh


This is Eleanor's ninth 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 Community Justice division.

Nicole Pearce


This is the fourth Bar Show for Nicole and she is again thrilled to be able to sing and sway with all of these merry barristers! A singer from an early age, Nicole has performed in many jazz clubs and festivals throughout Chicago and the Midwest. She also once suffered through a tap dance class. She is a graduate of DePaul University College of Law and on the work stage, she serves as Associate General Counsel at Intelligent Medical Objects, Inc. focusing on healthcare technology transactions. She lives in Uptown with her incredible wife, Kara and their two sweet pups. She'd like to thank the Sexy Seven, the Dames, and all of her friends, family, and colleagues for their support and encouragement.

Redondo Melissa Redondo


Melissa couldn't be more excited to join such a talented cast for her third 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.

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 has been in the bar show for 10 years. His passion for performing has included performing in High School, College, International Choirs (as a kid) and now in the Annual Chicago Bar Show. Stan is a Wealth Management Investment Advisor at Wells Fargo Advisors where he works with Family Wealth, individuals and business owners helping them with their Investment Goals and and Financial Investment Planning. Stan is a graduate of the University of Illinois and John Marshall Law School and resides in Northbrook with his wife Jodi and Children Joshua and Abby.

Ebony Smith


Ebony C. Smith, a native of Birmingham, AL, has been a Bar Show cast member since 2013. Ebony graduated from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2014 and is currently a law clerk for the Hon. Lewis M. Nixon. Ebony has performed with The University of Alabama Afro-American Gospel Choir as a singer in the soprano section and as a dancer. Ebony is also a trained violinist with over 10 years of experience. Ebony hopes to focus her career on both international and domestic commercial transactions, litigation, and arbitration.

smith 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.

Sally Pissetzky Steele


Sally is so grateful to be performing with this hugely talented cast for the third year. She has been acting, singing and skipping on stage since she was four, and plans to continue to do so for hundreds of years to come. Sally was a member of the University of Illinois Rip Chords a cappella group, is a graduate of the Second City Conservatory, Music Conservatory, and Writing Program, and was so excited to serve on the writing committee for this year's show! In addition, she enjoys volunteering for various local organizations, event planning, personal shopping, playing with her three dogs, and also moonlights as an attorney. Sally attended the John Marshall Law School and is now a partner at Pissetzky and Berliner, where she focuses on domestic relations, orders of protection and is a divorce mediator, in addition to criminal defense and real estate law with her fabulous and talented partners. Sally thanks her family, dogs, and husband Jonathan, also an attorney in domestic relations, for making her world a stage. If you made it to the end of this paragraph, thanks for reading and enjoy the show!

Stone 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.

Kathryn R. Weber


This is Kathryn's fifth year in the Bar Show. Previous roles include Justice Sotomayor ("Reflections" - 2010) and pregnant U.S. Postal Service customer ("Postman" - 2011). Before performing in the CBA Bar Shows, she was an acting student at Chicago's Act One Studios, a performer in the University of Minnesota Law School 2003 production of "The Wizard of Fitz," and a member of the Marquette University band and choir. Since 2004, Kathryn has practiced immigration law with Scott D. Pollock & Associates, P.C., with a focus on family-based immigration, removal defense, asylum, waivers, naturalization, and appeals. Kathryn would like to thank her husband and two sons for their support and encouragement.