When the holidays arrive, the familiar sounds of the season are always at American Music Theatre.
The critically acclaimed Christmas Show has become an enjoyable tradition for many, and is renowned as Lancaster’s most beloved holiday show.
Experience the magic of a musical Christmas, live on stage.
From the moment you arrive in our festive lobby to the triumphant chords of a rousing finale, The 2015 Christmas Show: Deck the Halls features more of what you love, but like you’ve never seen it before!
This all-new holiday extravaganza features electrifying choreography, big, lush musical arrangements from our live orchestra, and spectacular vocals from our multi-talented AMT cast, including many returning favorites. The beautiful scenery, elegant ball gowns, and debonair tuxedos will fill the stage and are sure to delight your senses.
Let us set your spirits aglow with a show that’s both fresh and traditional. Come sing along to your favorite classic and contemporary holiday songs and carols. Make your reservation today and celebrate the most magical season of the year with American Music Theatre’s all new 2015 Christmas Show: Deck the Halls.
Show length: 2 hours and 15 minutes, with a short intermission.
Come as a group and save! Groups of 15 or larger receive discounted admission to our Christmas Show. For more info, call our Group Sales department at 800-648-4102
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Cast & Orchestra
Adrianne Chu – Dancer
Adrianne Chu, a native New Yorker, is thrilled to Deck the Halls at American Music Theatre! She was recently in the original cast of Mamma Mia! on Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas and New York City’s Broadway Bares 25: Top Bottoms of Burlesque. Regional: The King and I (Eliza,) Rent, Spamalot, Joseph…Dreamcoat, and A Christmas Carol. Adrianne received her BFA in Modern Dance from Marymount Manhattan College and has danced for many companies in NYC. Special thanks to the AMT Team and to her family and friends for their constant love and support! Happy Holidays! www.adriannechu.com
Missy Clayton – Show Captain/Youth & Teen Coordinator/Dancer
Missy is thrilled to have the opportunity to spend another Christmas 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 her love to Mom, Dad, Max, the Claytons, Truncies, and everyone at AMT! Spread Peace, Joy, and Happiness!
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 had several hits on the 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 available on his website, in the AMT gift shop, 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 September 11, 2016!
Cameron Edris – Dancer
Cameron is elated to be back at AMT after spending the 2013 season here! You may have seen him performing on other Lancaster area stages such as Fulton Theatre, Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre, and Gretna Theatre. Other theatrical ventures include Lyric Opera of Chicago, Drury Lane Theatre, Fireside Theatre, Theatre by the Sea, LTOTS, Holland America Line, and more! Love and thanks to his parents, grandparents, Matthew, Andrea, and Daniel! Proud Point Park graduate and AEA member. “Truly He taught us to love one another. His law is love, and His gospel is peace.” www.cameronedris.com
Kevin Faraci – Singer
Kevin is excited to make his AMT debut this holiday season! He and his wife, Melissa, moved to Lancaster earlier this year and couldn’t be happier in this great community. Locally you may have seen Kevin on stage at Fulton Theatre (The Producers, Peter Pan, The Addams Family,) but before returning to regional theatre he was a singer with the famous Cirque du Soleil. He was in the original cast of their show ZED in Tokyo, Japan and has also performed with the company at special events in Dubai and Andorra. Kevin is also featured on two of Cirque du Soleil’s music albums (ZED and 25.) He has been lucky enough to perform all over the globe on some of the world’s largest cruise ships, is a singer/songwriter, and an avid photographer. Some of Kevin’s other favorite theatre credits include two 1st National Tours (The Wedding Singer, A Stoop on Orchard Street,) and regionally in The Miracle (Lucifer, original cast,) The Wild Party (Burrs,) and Forever Plaid (Jinx.) See and hear more from him at kevinfaraci.com. Enjoy the show!!
Daniel Gold – Dancer
Daniel is making his American Music Theatre debut with Deck the Halls! He grew up in Jackson, NJ and danced his way to The Boston Conservatory as a dance major. Favorite credits include – National Tour: Beauty and the Beast (Carpet;) Regional: Mary Poppins (Neleus, Little Theatre on the Square,) The Donkey Show (Mustardseed, American Repertory Theatre,) and Grease (Theatre By The Sea.) Daniel is ecstatic to join the AMT holiday festivities! He sends nothing but his love to his parents, Adam, and Cameron for all their support. www.danielgold.org
Isaac Hunnicutt – Dancer
Isaac started his training under the direction of Ms. Sandra Ballestracci, at the Eastern Virginia School of the Performing Arts. During his training, he also performed at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. He then went on to board the M.S. Zaandam, a part of Holland America Cruise Lines. Following his time at sea, Isaac then joined Dublin Worldwide Entertainment. While with the company, he performed in numerous casinos throughout the U.S. and Canada. Isaac is very excited to be part of the team here at American Music Theatre! Happy Holidays!!!
Randy Jeter – Singer
Randy is thrilled to be part of Deck the Halls here at AMT. He received his training in Musical Theater and Classical Voice from Manhattan School of Music. Favorite role to date: Father in Children of Eden. Favorite credits include The Phantom of the Opera, Godspell, The Temptation of St. Anthony, where he worked alongside librettists Bernice Johnson Reagon and Toshi Reagon and director Robert Wilson, The Life, and Noah and Jonah at Sight & Sound Theatres. Workshop: Parable of the Sower (New York City Opera.) Love to his family, friends and fiancé Abigail! www.randymjeter.com
Julie Keough – Singer
This marks Julie’s 5th Christmas at AMT, and she is happier than ever to be part of the holiday magic! She earned her BA in Music & Theatre at McDaniel College and has made Lancaster her home since 2010. Julie can be found occasionally performing with her guitar around town, as well as in the choir at St. James Episcopal Church, at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre, and PRiMA Theatre. Check out Julie’s Christmas CD, Silver Belles, featuring fellow AMT performers, past and present, in the AMT gift shop or on iTunes. Love to Jacob and family, and to her wonderful AMT family!
Jared Mancuso – Singer/Dancer
Jared is ecstatic to be returning to American Music Theatre in Deck The Halls. He has been performing as Buddy Holly for most of the last three years, most recently in a show of his own creation, Not Fade Away. Other roles include The Producers (Leo Bloom,) 42nd Street (Billy Lawler,) and more. Love and thanks to his friends and family, and his little cat, Lulu. “Christmas Cheers” – Single by The Jared Project Happy Holidays! www.thejaredproject.com
Corey O’Brien – Dancer
Corey is very excited to dance in Deck the Halls. Corey most recently performed in Inspire where he was the lead male dancer. He has toured with The Aluminum Show in Brazil and Spain and with The WOW Show in Israel. Corey performed in production shows on Royal Caribbean’s cruise ships and danced for some of today’s biggest artists. He has been published in many magazines and recently appeared as a contestant on MTV’s Beyond Dance. Corey wants to thank his family for their support. Check out www.coreyobrienonline.com and follow @corey_obrien for updates. Enjoy!
Michelle Rajotte – Singer
Michelle’s favorite credits include Joseph…Dreamcoat (Narrator,) Crazy For You (Polly Baker,) 42nd Street (Peggy Sawyer,) Little Women (Amy,) and All Shook Up (Natalie Haller.) Michelle would like to thank her family for their love and support. Merry Christmas!
Marisa Rivera – Singer/Dancer
Marisa is grateful to be returning to AMT for her 6th production here! She is a member of AEA and a graduate from UF where she earned her BFA in Musical Theater. Marisa has performed locally at Fulton Theatre, Sight & Sound Theatres, PRiMA Theatre, Theater of the Seventh Sister, and Hersheypark. Her favorite regional credits include Chicago (Velma) at Beef and Boards (IN,) Damn Yankees (Lola) at Springer Opera House (GA,) Oklahoma (Ado Annie) at Discoveryland USA! (OK,) A Chorus Line (Cassie) at Palace Theater (NH) and Springer Opera House (GA,) and A Chorus Line (Diana Morales) at Fulton Theatre (PA.) She gives all glory to Christ for any successes and humble love and gratitude to Andrea, Matt and the team!
Sarah Timm – Singer
Sarah is excited to spend her third Christmas season at AMT! Before appearing at AMT, Sarah performed at Sight & Sound Theatres for five years. She has also performed at 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, “A Dash of Diva,” available through her website! Love and thanks to God, family, and husband Andy! www.sarahtimm.com
Oliver Zimmerman – Santa’s Little Yelper
AMT’s resident scene stealer, Oliver, a three year old cavachon, is head over tails with excitement to bring his doggone cuteness back to the stage for his fourth AMT show. He says it’s ruff working for treats, but hopes Santa Claws will bring him a pawsome howliday bone-us. After taking his final bow-wow, Oliver invites his fans to the stage, where he’ll beagle-ad to sign autographs for belly rubs! Visit Oliver on Facebook!
Ric Zimmerman – Singer
Ric is excited to return to AMT for Christmas. A Lancaster native, Ric has performed in many AMT shows, and has been seen at Sight & Sound, Fulton Theatre, PRiMA, and Servant Stage. 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.
Erisa Sloan – Female Dancer Swing
Erisa is thrilled to have the opportunity to perform again on the AMT stage! She has appeared here in Broadway: Now & Forever, The Christmas Show in 2013 as dancer swing and 2011/2014 as ensemble, and in Music of the Night. She is a pre-professional dancer at Horizons Dance Conservatory, having competed in the World Ballet Competition and Youth America Grand Prix, and trained with Hubbard Street Dance, Chicago and Joffrey, NYC. Love and much thanks to God, her family, Donielle, Andrea, Missy, Matthew, and the AMT cast and crew! 1 Peter 2:11-12
Mike Lambertson – Violin
Mike has a crazy enthusiasm and passion for music, and being able to share that with the world means everything to him. He’s ecstatic to be back to perform in this production for you, and hopes you’ll visit his website often at mikelambertson.com, as well as follow him on social media for all the latest info!
John Lemke – Trombone/Horns
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. John recently retired from teaching Low Brass at Millersville University.
John Maurer – Trumpet
John Maurer is quickly being recognized as a new “exhilarating, very versatile trumpet performer and educator” (Jose Sibaja, Boston Brass.) Originally from Philadelphia, John graduated as the trumpet graduate assistant at the Pennsylvania State University with his Master’s Degree in Trumpet Performance as well as receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education with a concentration in Trumpet Performance from Millersville University of Pennsylvania. John has performed in various venues around North America and has shared the stage and recorded with many known musicians and ensembles around the world. www.trumpetjm.com
Andy Mowatt – Guitars
Andy is beyond excited to perform in his 14th show with the AMT orchestra! A full-time musician with a music degree from Lebanon Valley College, Andy performs and arranges music for regional bands and theaters, and is adjunct instructor at Lancaster Bible College. His arranging and playing can be heard on his innovative Christmas album, featuring members of the AMT band, entitled “It’s Beginning To Sound A Lot Like Christmas,” available in the AMT lobby and gift shop. www.andymowatt.com
Andy Roberts – Music Director/Conductor/Keys
Andy is a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston and currently lives in Central PA with his wife and daughter. He is very active in the music scene around the Central PA and Philadelphia areas. Andy has been music directing for AMT since 2010. More information about him can be found on his website, www.antigravmuzik.com
David Shultz – Woodwinds
David is delighted to be part of the 2015 Christmas Show here at AMT. Playing credits: Kristin Chenoweth, Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin, Frankie Valli, Bob Mintzer, The Jaco Pastorius Big Band, Dave Stahl Band, and many others. Show credits include Grease, A Christmas Story, Hair, Spamalot, Legally Blonde, Chicago, and many more.
Gabe Staznik – Drums/Percussion
A versatile percussionist, arranger, and music educator, Gabe has performed and recorded with Grammy, Emmy, and Tony awarded artists and recently toured with the legendary Chubby Checker. He is on the music faculty at Lancaster Bible College and director of the Total Percussion Seminar summer music camps. Gabe just released his new CD, One By One, a collection of jazz standards. He holds a BS in Music Education from West Chester University and is an artist endorser of Vic Firth Sticks & Mallets and Remo Drumheads. www.GabrielStaznik.com
Aaron Trasatt – Keys 2
Aaron is a Central PA based keyboardist and vocalist. After his years at Lebanon Valley College as a Recording Studies major, Aaron continued his performance career with local funk, Motown and jazz fusion groups including Andy Mowatt’s Steely Jam. Aaron’s first appearance at AMT was with the backing band for James Wolpert and Cole Vosbury of NBC’s The Voice, and shortly after in AMT’s Music of the Night in 2014. When he’s not performing, Aaron freelances as a portrait artist and graphic designer.
Mike Wittrien – Bass
Mike has been a face in the Lancaster music scene for the past 13 years, and a member of the AMT band for nine 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. www.mikewittrien.com for the latest shenanigans.
Lancaster Online Previews “Deck The Halls”, October 22, 2015
The Times of Chester County previews “Deck The Halls, November 6, 2015
To read guest reviews of this year’s show, visit: https://amtshows.com/reviews/?event=29627