Meet the Bar Show Cast


Larry Aaronson

Larry equates his wacky Bar Show experience to the fun of summer camp. In the show since 2000, 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.


Sandy Andina

A cast member since 2002 and former "Spear Carrier" awardee, Sandy's retired from active general practice and campaign volunteering, but not from music or comedy. She is a performing singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, both solo and in her duo Andina & Rich. An award-winning songwriter (international organization Songsalive.org's "Songwriter of the Year" for 2013) and veteran of Chicago's folk music and comedy club scene, Sandy performs all over the Midwest (sometimes beyond) at clubs, cafes, festivals, house concerts (including chez vous if you'd like!), live radio appearances and anywhere else people will listen. She's received airplay on WFMT's "Midnight Special", WDCB's "Folk Festival", NPR's "River City Folk" and "Higher Ground", and the syndicated "Dr. Demento" show. Sandy has several CDs to her credit, both individually and collectively - and over a hundred more that she's bought over the years. She is married to Bob (a cardiologist), proud mom to improv actor, writer, director and occasional producer Gordy, and at any given time owned by one or more cats. You can find out more about her music and reach her at www.sandyandina.com.


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 a path that led him to the University of Illinois, Columbia Law School, and ultimately legal practice in the Class Action group at SmithAmundsen. The acting bug never fully left Ron's system, however, and he is thrilled to be part of the CBA bar show. Since joining the cast in 2013, Ron's favorite roles have included Kim Jong Un, Marco Rubio, Yoda, and strawberry-shaped Munchkin Number 2. When not on stage or practicing law, Ron spends much of his time obsessing about the (2016 World Series Champion!) Chicago Cubs.


Cliff Berman

Cliff Berman has performed in the Bar Show since 1985 and he has been co-head writer (with David Miller) since 2011. His favorite roles in the show have included Vladimir Putin (“To Life”), Chris Christie (“Let it Go”), Chief Justice William Rehnquist ("Music of the Night"), Jerry Reinsdorf ("Pagliacci"), Mayor Richard M. Daley ("Figaro"), Ken Starr ("Stars"), and Stanley Tigerman ("Putting it Together") in 1989, for which Cliff won the Horse's Ass Award. Cliff is Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Option Care, a national home infusion pharmacy provider. In addition to being a lawyer, Cliff is a pharmacist and he holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. Cliff and his wife Lori reside in Lincolnwood and they have three children, Gregory, Jeremy and Melanie.


Kate BowenKate Bowen

Kate is just happy to be here. She's come a long way from her shy take on the role of the month "November" in grade school. An avid theater fan, she lived out her high school musical dreams by splitting time between sports (scoring 42 points in a single basketball game) and performance (an enthusiastic supporting role in Oklahoma!). She's still in awe of the immense talent and camaraderie of the Bar Show cast. Kate is a proud double Illini, graduating from the University of Illinois with a B.S. and J.D. After moving to Chicago, she studied improv at The Second City and iO Theater. Kate largely credits this robust education in earning her the coveted role of Associate General Counsel at Avant. Perhaps Kate's greatest performance was the first dance at her wedding, co-starring a fellow bar show cast member turned husband. In fact, the two first met at their Bar Show audition. In Kate's own words: "It's the role of a lifetime!"


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.


Dan Campbell

Dan Campbell had been involved in musical theater for much of his life, including playing Charlie Brown in "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" in high school. He continued this path with a vocal scholarship at the University of Missouri (Go Tigers!) where he performed in chamber groups and did acapella. During law school and his first few years of practice he did not perform. Now, he is circling back to his roots as a member of the Bar Show cast. Dan is a proud graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law, and a trial lawyer at McDermott Will & Emery. Dan's practice includes class action and MDL defense, aviation product liability defense, and a touch of bankruptcy litigation and trust and estate dispute resolution. Most importantly, he met the love of his life at his Bar Show audition - Oh, and she is a cast member as well!


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.  Jacqueline now works at the Bernstein Law Firm.


Sharon CruzSharon Cruz

Sharon Cruz is thrilled to be part of the Bar Show cast. After participating both on stage and backstage in several productions in the Indianapolis area, she came to Chicago in 2013 and was very excited to join both the cast of the Bar Show as well as the CBA's Symphony Orchestra Chorus in 2017. She works for the State of Illinois and is very lucky to have such a supportive husband.



Ellen DuffEllen Duff

Ellen's been singing for decades in various school, church, and community choirs, and joined the Bar Show cast in 2010. 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.)  Ellen is of counsel to Rachlis Duff Adler Peel & Kaplan LLC, where she handles corporate and business law matters.  Ellen has received the Spear Carrier and Quilici Cup awards.


Stacy FreemanStacy Freeman

After some time away from the stage, Stacy is thrilled to be performing again in the Bar Show! Stacy received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre from the University of Illinois and, after graduating, briefly toured the country performing with a musical theatre troupe. Realizing that an actor’s life was usually more grueling than glamorous, she returned to Chicago to attend law school at DePaul University. Since obtaining her juris doctor, Stacy has practiced family law throughout the Chicagoland area and now owns a business (Case Builders, LLC) that provides freelance legal services to family law firms. Stacy would like to thank her husband, Eric, for his unwavering support of all her crazy endeavors, her business partner, Nikki, for always having her back, her family and friends for all of their love, and her castmates for being so gosh darn fun!


Peter HegelPeter Hegel

Peter J. Hegel is thrilled to be a member of the Bar Show cast. Peter graduated from Northwestern University, where he double-majored in Theatre and Legal Studies. He obtained his JD from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was a director and cast member of the annual Law School Musical. Peter is an associate at Paul Hastings LLP, where he specializes in corporate restructuring as well as data privacy & cybersecurity.



Carter IshamCarter Isham

Carter is delighted to be a member of the Bar Show. She greatly enjoyed performing in shows during high school and college, including favorite roles as Brunnhilde in Das Barbecu and Janet in The Rocky Horror Show, and is glad to be back on stage. Originally from Southern California, Carter studied music at the University of California at Davis, then attended Notre Dame Law School. When not pursuing her hobbies, Carter enjoys working with law students and attorneys in her position with LexisNexis, and is a member of the Young Professionals Board for the Public Interest Law Initiative.


Jenny Jeltes

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.


Christopher JohnsonChristopher Johnson

Christopher Johnson is ecstatic to be a part of the Bar Show cast. An avid musical theatre enthusiast, he has performed in 30+ productions over the past 10 years. Among many others, he has portrayed the title role in Jesus Christ Superstar, Melchior Gabor in Spring Awakening, Robert Martin in The Drowsy Chaperone, and Gabey in Leonard Bernstein's On The Town. Christopher is a 2016 graduate of the IIT Chicago-Kent School of Law and is the Assistant Director of Education at Lawyers for the Creative Arts, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing legal assistance to artists and arts organizations.


Frederick Joseph III

Originally from Cuba, New York, Freddie is thrilled to be a part of the Chicago Bar Association’s annual production.  Freddie studied classical voice at Purchase Conservatory of Music in New York for his undergraduate education and continued his studies at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts Master of Music program. Before becoming an attorney, he enjoyed a career as a professional opera singer and was fortunate to work with some of the world’s greatest artists across the country and abroad.  He has performed in countless operas and musicals portraying dozens of roles. Outside of the bar show, Freddie is a trial attorney and partner at Elman Law Group in Chicago.  When he’s not working, Freddie loves spending time with his wife, Maggie, and son, Sawyer, hosting dinner parties, playing golf, collecting wine, exploring the Chicago dining scene, and traveling.


Amy Keller

In the Bar Show, Amy has enjoyed entertaining audiences with such diverse and varied roles like "hot cop," and "prostitute number 3." Amy 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. She also sang in the choir for one semester in middle school, making her abundantly qualified to perform with her (actually-talented) colleagues.  When not pretending to sing and dance, she is a consumer protection, class action, and complex litigation attorney as a partner at the law firm of DiCello Levitt & Casey LLC, the Executive Vice President and Director of Preservation Advocacy of the Chicago Art Deco Society, and board member of the Public Justice Foundation.  She likes long walks on the beach, bourbon, and Led Zeppelin.  Amy is a proud resident of Old Town, living with her beau Jeremiah, and two goofy pekingeses.


Kate Kelly

Kate joined the show in 1993. 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.




Julie Koerner

Julie is a 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.


Fred LaneFred Lane

Fred is a past president of the Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, American Board of Trial Advocates and Decalogue Society.  He is the founder of Fred Lane Trial Technique Institute of the Illinois State Bar and co-founder of the International Academy of Dispute Resolution.  He has been a Bar Show cast member for over 60 years.  Also known as The Great Fredini, Fred performs feats of magic for hospitals, senior centers, schools and various charitable organizations.  He remains of counsel to the litigation firm of Lane & Lane and is an author and lecturer on trial technique and mediation.


Marla Lampert

Marla is happy to return to The Bar Show again 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. www.marlalampert.biz


Brienne Letourneau

Brienne is delighted to further her lifelong love of musical theater by performing in the Bar Show.  Since 2013, she has played an assortment of roles including lawyers, law students, Democrats, Republicans, first ladies, a zombie, and a tap-dancing tree. Favorite past productions include West Side Story (Maria) and Les Miserables (Cosette). 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 performed in many Drama Society productions and directed the 2010 Parody, "Ocean's Replevin." Brienne is a partner in the Litigation Department at Jenner & Block LLP, concentrating her practice on ERISA litigation, class actions, and other complex commercial litigation. Her performances are made possible by the love and support of her family (especially her husband, Richard, and their son and daughter).


Jeffrey Marks

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


Mghnon Martin

Mghnon has a Bachelors of Music in Music Business and Entertainment Industries from the University of Miami, where she was a violin principal and jazz vocal secondary. Mghnon continues to sing professionally and has produced, toured, and performed internationally in places like NYC, Guadalajara, Nashville, Shanghai, and Orlando. Notable past roles include Asaka (Once on This Island), Chiffon (Little Shop of Horrors) and Romeo (a "gender blind" Romeo and Juliet). Mghnon received her Juris Doctor from the John Marshall Law School in 2015 and immediately started her own legal consulting business. She has been a law clerk in the commercial law division of Circuit Court of Cook County and currently serves as a judicial law clerk in the First District of the Illinois Appellate Court.


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 be part of such a talented cast. 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 Quarles & Brady, 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.


Annette MooreAnnette Moore

Since childhood, Annette has been involved in musical and theatrical productions, but took a hiatus after participating in her law school’s annual musical.  Ms. Moore is now happy to be returning to her musical roots and joining such a fun cast for the annual Bar Show.  Annette is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and practiced finance law in the Chicago office of Sidley Austin LLP before moving into work in government accountability.  In her free time, Annette enjoys spending time with her fiancé, singing in the choir at the Church of Our Saviour Episcopal Church and taking music classes at the Old Town School of Folk Music.


Joe Moore

Originally from Northwest Indiana, Joe participated in a competitive show choir and barbershop quartet competitions before becoming an original member the stellar all-male acapella group "Freshman Fifteen" at Northwestern University. 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 Indianapolis, he happily returned to Chicago and to the Bar Show. Joe attended Chicago-Kent College of Law and now works at the catastrophic defense litigation firm Patton & Ryan, LLC in River North.


Nicole Pearce

Nicole 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 Oak Park with her incredible wife, Kara, their daughter Amelie, and their two sweet pups. She'd like to thank all of her friends, family, and colleagues for their support and encouragement.


Steven PlattSteven Platt

Steve began his acting career when he was abandoned at an early age by his parents after falling off a turnip truck in Pavelich, Russia. That led to him being adopted by an Albanian Circus troupe that emigrated to Iowa. The rest was show business history. After singing professionally in choirs and doing summer stock theater as a kid, Steve now chooses to do his performing in the courtroom as a labor and employment litigator at the firm of Robbins, Solomon & Patt. But he couldn’t suppress the urge to perform under the lights, joining the Bar show in 2011 where he has had recurring roles playing Conservative Republican candidates and judges ever since.


Valerie RaedyValerie Raedy

Valerie first performed "Part of Your World" from The Little Mermaid at her second-grade talent show and has been hooked on singing and performance ever since. She studied classical voice at Lawrence Conservatory prior to attending law school. After joining the bar in 2014, Valerie was slightly confused but delighted when she found out that the Chicago legal community had a group of talented, theatrical-types who put on a musical every year and also happened to practice the law. She joined the Bar Show in 2015 and has enjoyed bonding in the dressing room with constant sing-alongs and musical theater references ever since. For her day job, she works for the federal government. She thanks her brother Willy, her partner Curtis, and her wonderful friends for their constant love and support.


Melissa Redondo

Melissa couldn't be more excited to be part of such a talented cast. 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.


Richard Salon

Dick, is very excited to be a part of the bar show and work with such a talented cast and production staff. Dick has performed in over 70 musical and non-musical productions over the last 25 years up and down the north shore. Some favorite roles: Tevye (Fiddler); Daddy Warbucks (Annie); and Luther Billis (South Pacific). Dick has also appeared in television commercials (Rivers Casino; Halomar Automotive; IBM), print work and featured independent films. When not obsessing about a new role or audition, you can find Dick honing his skills on unsuspecting juries, judges, prosecutors, police officers as a criminal defense attorney. Dick sends love and thanks for support to Lois, his daughters and beautiful grandchildren.


Jay Schleppenbach

Jay Schleppenbach is 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. Jay currently works in the White Collar Criminal Defense & Investigations Group at Seyfarth Shaw LLP.


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 has served  as a law clerk for the Hon. Lewis M. Nixon in the Circuit Court of Cook County and Hon. Cynthia Y. Cobbs in the Illinois Appellate Court. Currently, Ebony is an associate at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP. Ebony's practice is focused on litigation issues related to labor and employment.


Pissetzky SteeleSally Pissetzky Steele

Sally is so grateful to be performing with this hugely talented cast. 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!


Joe Stone

Past CBA President Joe Stone has been a Bar Show cast member for over 50 years. 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.


Diana Vargo-LewandowskiDiana Vargo-Lewandowski

Diana has enjoyed performing with the bar show without interruption since 1990.  With a broken leg in 2001, she began working on the costume and prop committee, resulting in the  Quilici Cup Award.  Among her many bar show projects include building and/or painting tables, chairs, briefcases, jail cell bars, giant card fans, a cardboard canoe, singing with "The Acappellants" (now disbanded), sports opera trio, tapping on a "dime" (that she repaired and painted as well), a dancing elephant, nun, sheep, Asian beetle, and a variety of "person #3" characters.  Outside of the bar show, she has performed with the Philip Lynch Theatre, B.U. Dance Theatre, is a founding member of The Ecclesiastical Choral Society, Inc., and continues ballet at DuPage Dance Academy.  She holds degrees from Boston University, Loyola University School of Law, and John Marshall Law School.


Mike Weaver

Mike Weaver is thrilled to be a member of the Bar Show cast. He is a veteran of theatrical productions in and around the northern suburbs, and recent roles include Julian Marsh in "42nd Street" with Fremont Street Theatre Company, Mr. Banks in "Mary Poppins" with Deerfield Family Theater, Old Deuteronomy in "Cats" with the Highland Park Players and Professor Callahan in "Legally Blonde" with Big Noise Theatre Company. By day, Mike fancies himself a real estate developer and consultant, though he does carry a card in his wallet that says he's a lawyer, just in case, you know, someone demands proof. The 2016 card is pink. No one would forge such a thing. Please enjoy the show and, if you like, ask to see the card later.


Kathryn R. Weber

Kathryn has been performing in the Bar Show since 2010, and was the 2018 recipient of the Spear Carrier Award. Favorite roles include Justice Sotomayor with her fellow women on the SCOTUS, Pippa Middleton as one of the “forgotten sisters,” pregnant woman accosting the mailman about the dysfunction of the U.S. Postal Service, and various journalists rattling off as many puns as possible in 1 minute. 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, religious workers, removal defense, asylum, waivers, naturalization, and appeals. Kathryn would like to thank her husband and two sons for their support and encouragement.


Joyce WixsonJoyce Wixson

Joyce joined the bar show in 1980 when most female roles were still being portrayed by men dressed in drag (just like Shakespeare).  How things have changed!  Joyce won the Horse’s Ass award for playing Queen Elizabeth and the Spear Carrier award for making every little role count.  She has impersonated federal and state judges, most notably Mary Ann McMorrow, and politicians like Theresa May.  Yet she isn’t too proud to appear on stage wearing  pajamas and curlers and making fun of herself for snoring.  Joyce has practiced law for over 40 years and met her husband Rick while defending a medical malpractice case.  She now limits her practice to foreclosure defense and real estate transactions, having resigned from trial work years ago to devote herself to raising four kids and a couple dogs.  Joyce graduated from Mount Holyoke College and still performs with the V-8s a cappella singing group at reunions.  She also served as a writer and performer with the Hinsdale Community Players.