What's a young attorney who works for a large, money-hungry law firm to do when she wants to audition for the Bar Stools?

Hope for a fairy godmother.

While art may not strictly imitate life, Brooke Say, an attorney with Stock and Leader, is hoping not only to perform in the York County Bar Foundation's Bar Stools but also work for her Prince Charming law firm as she plays the title character in "CinderLawyer."

The musical, written, produced and directed by CGA attorney Tom O'Shea, begins its three-night run at York Little Theatre in Spring Garden Township tonight.

With nearly 50 law professionals taking part, the musical pokes fun at those who practice law in York County.

"We're making fun of ourselves and we're not taking ourselves too seriously," O'Shea said.

Proceeds from ticket sales benefit the York Little Theatre and the foundation, which works to provide legal services to the disadvantaged.

New tale: "CinderLawyer" is a spoof of the Charles Perrault fairy tale "Cinderella" but has a spin of its own.

In this tale, the evil stepmother is a fictional Philadelphia-based law firm Greed, Schmidt, Claw and McPay, which opens a branch in York and hires the young Cinder


Prince Charming is the law office every budding attorney wants to work for, Prince Charming and Associates.

A subplot in the musical has O'Shea storming off the stage after a dispute with the actors, leaving York County District Attorney Tom Kearney, bar foundation president Suzanne Griest and attorney Dan Fennick to run the show until O'Shea retakes the reins.

The audience will hear moonlighting actors perform satirical renditions of songs ranging from Broadway show tunes to pop music like "Call Me Maybe," O'Shea said.

Acting on stage is a mix of defense attorneys, prosecutors, civil attorneys, judges and others who work in the law profession.

"It's so neat to have an opportunity to mingle with lawyers you don't normally see," Griest said.

The entire musical came together in a little more than a week with actors taking part in their first rehearsal earlier this week and performing in their first show by the end of the week.

"It's amazing what they can do in a week," O'Shea said.

Dedicated: The first Bar Stools was performed in 1999, and a number of lawyers return year after year to take part, Griest said.

However, one noticeable face is missing from the musical. York County Common Pleas Judge Chuck Patterson took part in nearly every performance until he died of a heart attack in 2011.

This year's shows are dedicated to him.

"He was one of the better actors," O'Shea said of Patterson.

-- Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.