Meet the Bar Show Cast
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.
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.
Stephanie would be remiss if she did not mention how excited she is to be in the Bar Show. Stephanie briefly studied acting at The Second City and very briefly studied improv at iO. In ancient times at Western Illinois University, Stephanie was a flutist in various ensembles, with occasional passable performances in choir and vocal jazz. She relies heavily on her musical training with regular appearances at Chicago-area karaoke venues where she does a stirring yet vaguely unsettling 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 foreclosure defense litigation practitioner. She would like to thank the Former Artist Formerly Known as The Artist Formerly Known as Prince, Monty Python, Christopher Guest, Liza Minnelli, and all the saints who have done their will throughout the ages.
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 has performed in the Bar Show since 1985 and he has been co-head writer (with David Miller) since 2011. Earlier in his Bar Show run, Cliff was noted for singing a string of operatic numbers, culminating with his role as Mario Cuomo in 1994, of which Bill Zwecker, reviewing the show for the Chicago Sun Times, wrote "and the total showstopper, Clifford E. Berman as a Hamlet-esque defeated Gov. Mario Cuomo of New York singing "Arreviderci, Cuomo" with a phenomenal Luciano Pavarotti-esque voice." Other favorite roles include 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. In addition to being a lawyer, Cliff is also a registered pharmacist and he 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.
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 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 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.
Ellen's been singing for decades in various school, church, and community choirs, and always wanted to be in the Bar Show. She was thrilled to finally join the cast in 2010 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.) She has received the Spear Carrier and Quilici Cup awards.
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.
Ever since his role as Lead Turkey in St. Viator’s 5th grade production of "A Thanksgiving Play," and his first on-screen television performance in Bozo’s Circus’ Grand Prize Game (he says he still has that pair of Nu-Mode Hosiery with the No-Bind top), Mike has pretty much stayed “under the radar” as far as the Chicago theater scene is concerned. He once played a loud audience member in an off-Broadway production, or maybe it was off-Clark, it was late. He enjoys the comradery of the annual bar show and he feels its irreverence is right up his alley. Currently Mike is a seasoned trial lawyer handling plaintiff’s injury, workers comp and general litigation cases at Kedzie Law Offices, PC.
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 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 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.
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 is delighted to further her lifelong love of musical theater by performing in the Bar Show, where she has played an assortment of roles including lawyers, law students, Democrats, Republicans, the Mayor's wife, a zombie, and a tap-dancing dime. 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. Brienne is an associate in the Litigation Department at Jenner & Block LLP, concentrating her practice on complex commercial litigation. Her performances are made possible by the love and support of her family (especially her husband, Richard, and their son).
Caitlin is thrilled to be part of the Bar Show. Caitlin grew up dancing all styles of dance, but she particularly enjoys tap dance. In high school, she was a member of the Accompany of Kids singing and dancing ensemble. Caitlin continued to take dance classes through college and performed in T.O.R.T. (Theater of the Relatively Talentless) musicals at the University of Minnesota Law School. When not performing, she is an associate at Sidley Austin in the Products Liability group.
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 is excited to be part of the Bar Show this year. Mghnon has an undergraduate Bachelors of Music in Music Business and Entertainment Industries from The University of Miami, where she was a violin principal and jazz vocal secondary. During her time in Miami, she managed a successful start-up orchestra company while maintaining a scholarship and consistently performing with various music groups. Mghnon continues to sing professionally and has produced, toured, and performed in places like NYC, Guadalajara, Nashville, Shanghai, and Orlando. Mghnon has her Juris Doctor from The John Marshall Law School, and is a new Illinois attorney. She currently lives in the Chicago suburbs, where she does contract work, and is looking for new career opportunities in the Copyright and Trademark legal field.
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.
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.
Eleanor started with the Bar Show in 2007. 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 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.
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.
Gina Reynolds is an immigration attorney with Hernandez & Reynolds, LLC (hernandezreynolds.com) in the Chicago Loop. She has been dancing and singing in the Bar Show since 2009, where she also serves on the Costume and Prop Committee, scouring area thrift stores for costumes and carrying her sewing machine to the theater for last minute costume fixes. Gina has performed in many area theater productions over the past decade; some favorite roles include Cordelia in King Lear, Honey in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, and featured dance roles in Footloose, Urinetown and Seussical. She has performed in an all-female improv troupe and appeared on the black box stage at Second City. Gina has choreographed several musicals including favorites RENT and Seussical. Gina is also a yoga enthusiastic and teaches yoga classes at The Lab (labchicago.com) yoga studio in Chicago's West Loop.
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 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.
Stephanie is thrilled to be a part of the Bar Show! 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!
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 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 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.
Sally 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!
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.
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. 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, religious workers, removal defense, asylum, waivers, naturalization, and appeals. Kathryn would like to thank her husband and two sons for their support and encouragement.