The 2014 Christmas Show Cast & Orchestra
Michael J. Austin – Singer
Michael is thrilled to be a part of this amazing 2014 season! Previous shows: Music of the Night (Original Cast and 2014 Revival,) Broadway: Now & Forever, and the 2011-2013 Christmas Shows. He has been performing professionally for nine years with The Atlanta Opera, Fulton Theatre, Beef & Boards, Atlanta Lyric Theatre, The Aurora Theatre Company, IO Productions, and SRO Associates, to name only a few. Michael would like to thank his Mom, Dad, Alisa, family, friends, and everyone at AMT for another amazing opportunity! For more information please visit www.michaeljaustin.com.
Holly Becker – Dancer
Starting at the Hanover School of Ballet, and graduating from University of the Arts, Holly danced with Spirit Productions, Matt Davenport Productions, Donald Trump’s NYE, the US Open, La Grand Cabaret Du Monde in France, La Grande Magic in Italy, world traveler on Disney, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, and Holland America Cruises. Her musical theater repertoire include The Wizard of Oz, Joseph…Dreamcoat, Beladova in Phantom, Victoria in CATS, Rosie & Two Ladies in Cabaret, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. All my love to my supportive family, friends, and Sean. Merry Christmas!
Kristen Brewer – Singer
Kristen is so excited about being a part of Christmas at AMT! She was most recently seen on this stage in Music of the Night as well as Broadway: Now & Forever. Kristen is a graduate of Belmont University in Nashville with a degree in Classical Vocal Performance, and has worked in several theaters in the area including Sight & Sound Theatres, Theatre of the 7th Sister, and PRiMA. Some of her favorite roles are Cathy Hyatt in The Last Five Years, Florence in Chess, Mary Magdalene in Lifted, and Elizabeth in Frankenstein. Much love to Ben and Sam! Merry Christmas to all!
Missy Clayton – Show Captain/Dancer
Missy is thrilled to spend her holiday season here at AMT! Missy graduated from the American Music and Dramatic Academy in NYC where she studied musical theatre and dance. Previous credits: Weird Al backup dancer, Legally Blonde (Brooke Wyndham,) Chicago (Liz,) 42nd Street (Lorraine,) and A Chorus Line (Kristine.) All my love and thanks to Mom, Dad, Max, Andy, AMT, and the Palace!
Wess Cooke – Singer/Guitar
Wess is happy to be celebrating his 14th year here at AMT. He attended Shenandoah Conservatory of Music, has opened for many artists, has several hits on indie charts, and worked at other theatres prior to joining AMT. Originally from northern Virginia, Lancaster is now home. Visit Wess at www.WessCooke.com and listen to his original music which is for sale on his website, in the AMT lobby, and on iTunes! Wess is thankful for your support and would not be where he is without his fans and supportive family. He’s looking forward to his own show at AMT on June 7, 2015!
Jordan Cyphert – Singer/Dancer
Jordan is thrilled to return to the AMT stage! Previous AMT credits include Broadway: Now & Forever and The 2013 Christmas Show. Jordan is a western Pennsylvania native and Clarion University graduate. Recent credits include Mary Poppins (Bert,) SWING!, Copacabana (Tony,) and dancing onboard ships with Princess Cruises. Jordan has appeared in productions with Pittsburgh Musical Theater, Derby Dinner Playhouse, Cedar Point, RWS and Associates, and PGT Entertainment. Many thanks to Andrea and the entire AMT family! www.jordancyphert.com
Randy Jeter – Singer
Randy is overjoyed to be part of AMT’s 2014 Christmas Show since Christmas just happens to be his favorite time of year. Randy received his training in Musical Theater and Classical Voice from Manhattan School of Music. International Tours: The Phantom of the Opera and The Temptation of St. Anthony, where he worked alongside librettists Bernice Johnson Reagon and Toshi Reagon, and director Robert Wilson. Workshop: Parable of the Sower (New York City Opera.) Regional: Godspell, And The World Goes Round, The Life, Jonah, Noah, and Miracle of Christmas.
Julie Keough – Singer
Back for her 10th AMT Original Show, Julie is a 2002 graduate of McDaniel College with a double major in Music and Theatre. After working the Maryland Rennfaire, performing for two years in Pigeon Forge, TN, a stint on the Celebrity Summit and of course, a year living in Manhattan, Julie has loved making Lancaster her home. Her Christmas CD, “Silver Belles,” will be available in the AMT gift shop and on iTunes this season. Julie is most excited about marrying her best friend, Jacob, on January 11, 2015!
Michelle Rajotte – Singer/Dancer
Michelle is overjoyed to be coming back for her 11th season. She started at AMT in 1999 as a dancer. Yes, that was a long time ago and she hasn’t aged a bit! Favorite credits include Crazy For You (Polly,) Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Narrator,) and as a stand-in for Kristin Chenoweth in a Royal Caribbean commercial. Enjoy the show!
Eric Rivas – Dancer
Eric is so thankful to make his debut at AMT! A film grad turned dancer at age 21, he’s been truly blessed in his career. Eric attended the elite School at Jacob’s Pillow with full scholarship for advanced Tap/Jazz, and the Toronto School of Circus Arts for aerial performance in Bungee and Spanish Web. Favorite credits include A Chorus Line, CATS, 42nd Street, Cabaret, Hello Dolly!, A Christmas Carol, Norwegian Cruise Lines, and Las Vegas’ longest running show JUBILEE! Thanks to Jeremy, Carl Rajotte, and Eric’s supportive family. MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Marisa Rivera – Singer/Dancer
Marisa is originally from San Diego, CA but grew up near Orlando, FL. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theater from the University of Florida in 2008 and has since been a “gypsy performer.” Come January, her new home base will be NYC! Marisa is so grateful to be back performing in her 5th show here at AMT. Regional credits include Velma in Chicago at Beef & Boards (IN,) Lola in Damn Yankees at Springer Opera House (GA,) Ado Annie in Oklahoma at Discoveryland USA! (OK,) Cassie in A Chorus Line at Palace Theatre (NH,) and Diana Morales in A Chorus Line at Fulton Theatre (PA.) Member of AEA. Love and humble thanks to Andrea and company, cast/crew and family! Romans 15:13
Connor Schwantes – Dancer
Connor was previously seen in Music of the Night. He has worked/traveled the world with Norwegian and Celebrity Cruises, performed at Bucks County Playhouse, Walnut Street Theatre, and Palace Theatre, and works in the commercial industry as a hand model! Connor has a BA from The School of Hard Knocks. He thanks his family/friends for their loving support.
Sarah Timm – Singer
Sarah is excited to spend her second Christmas season at AMT! Before appearing here, Sarah performed at Sight & Sound Theatres for five years. She has also performed at the Fulton Theatre, where she became an AEA member. She has competed in the Miss America pageant system, winning talent awards and Miss Congeniality twice! Sarah studied Classical Voice and holds a Bachelor of Music degree. She is excited to announce the debut of her first album, available through her website! Love and thanks to God, family, and husband Andy! www.sarahtimm.com
Ric Zimmerman – Singer
Ric is excited to be back at AMT for the 2014 season. A Lancaster native, Ric has performed in many AMT shows, and has been seen at Sight & Sound Theatres, The Fulton, and PRiMA Theatre. Ric was the founder and director of the Celebration Singers. He has also performed as a vocalist, director, and conductor throughout the US, Canada, Korea, Taiwan, and Japan.
Melissa Brun – Cello
Melissa has her BM and a PC from Purchase College. She has performed internationally, and is an avid folk musician, playing in the Irish trio, Fire in the Glen. Melissa also sings with St. James Episcopal Church, as well as the chamber choir, MiContraFa. Additionally, she has two teaching studios in Chester County, and is the author of “To Live,” a photographic essay about special needs children and teachers. www.melissabrun.com
John Brye – Trumpet
During his 27 year touring career with The Jazz Ambassadors of The US Army Field Band from Washington, DC, John was a regularly featured soloist, including feature solo performances with the Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Detroit, Baltimore, and National Symphonies. John holds a BS in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College, and maintains an active and diverse performance schedule in Washington, DC, Baltimore, and Central PA. John is delighted to join the AMT Orchestra and Cast in bringing you The 2014 Christmas Show. Wishing you peace & joy this Christmas!
Mark Huber – Keys 2
Mark is happy to be back for another season at AMT. As a veteran of local theater and jazz clubs, he’s been seen manning keyboards/piano at countless venues throughout the region. His recent AMT shows include American Icons, Broadway: Now & Forever, and The 2012 and 2013 Christmas Shows.
Marybeth Kern – Woodwinds
Marybeth is thankful to spend another Christmas season at AMT. She has had the privilege of playing on national and international tours with Cirque Productions as well as performances with Blue Man Group Band on Norwegian Cruise Lines EPIC. Locally, Marybeth performs with artists in and around Philadelphia and the Lehigh Valley. She can also be heard playing woodwinds for short films on Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s TV show, HitRECord. Most recently she played saxophone on a SONY promotional ad. www.MarybethKern.com or tweet @Kerrnie.
Michael Lambertson – Violin
Mike is a widely known violinist who has performed internationally. He’s very excited to have played at AMT over the last two years, having debuted here at the age of 12. Mike is also an electronic music producer, and is interested in film scoring. For all the latest info, check out www.mikelambertson.com.
John Lemke – Trombone
As a professional musician, John has performed with over 100 headliners including Ray Charles, Bobby Darin, Bob Hope, Bobby Vinton, Dolly Parton, Barbara Eden, Helen O’Connell, Margaret Whiting, and Rosemary Clooney. His performances include scores of National Broadway touring companies. Additionally, John teaches Low Brass at Millersville University.
Andy Mowatt – Guitars
A full-time musician with a music degree from Lebanon Valley College, Andy performs and arranges music for regional bands and theater shows and is adjunct instructor at Lancaster Bible College. Andy’s arranging skills can be heard on his album, “It’s Beginning To Sound A Lot Like Christmas,” available in the gift shop. www.andymowatt.com
Andy Roberts – Arrangements/Music Director/Piano
Andy is looking forward to another production with his friends at AMT. He grew up in Lebanon, PA, began playing gigs at the age of 14, and later graduated from Berklee College of Music. Andy maintains a busy schedule of music directing, performing, and writing within many formats of the music world. He is the long time Music Director for the Timbers Dinner Theatre in Mt. Gretna where he has the opportunity to work with his wife, Tap, and daughter, Nicole.
Gabe Staznik – Drums/Percussion
Gabe is a versatile percussionist, published arranger, and active music educator who has performed and recorded with Grammy, Emmy, and Tony awarded artists. He is on the music faculty at Lancaster Bible College and is Music Director for Windish Music & Productions. His music arrangements can be heard across the country, and his holiday CD, The Nutcracker Suite, is available worldwide. Gabe holds a BS in Music Education from West Chester University and is an artist endorser of Vic Firth Sticks & Mallets, Beato Bags, and Remo Drumheads. www.GabrielStaznik.com
Mike Wittrien – Bass
Mike has happily been a face in the Lancaster music scene for the past 12 years, and a member of the AMT band for eight of them! He’s been lucky enough to have played in lots of different places with lots of different people all over the world. As always, Christmas is dedicated to the memory of his Uncle Buford, the best Santa Claus ever.