It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
This holiday season, join our Yuletide tradition with American Music Theatre’s 2016 Christmas Show: Winter Wonderland and recapture the Christmas spirit! This highly anticipated and critically-acclaimed live music production will ignite your spirit and set your heart aglow!
Once you step through our doors, you’ll gaze upon the magical sights and sounds of the season and be transported to a wonderland of music and enchantment – from a Bavarian mountain village to the festive, holiday excitement at the North Pole. Our extraordinary costumes, gorgeous gowns, and stunning sets will make you feel like you’re really there. And … the young ones can even catch a glimpse of Old Saint Nick himself!
Winter Wonderland is AMT’s newest Original Show, featuring the secular and sacred holiday songs you know and love, with all-live performances by our sensational cast of Singers and Dancers, as well as the remarkable 9-piece AMT Orchestra. Bring the entire family and discover a new holiday tradition!
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.
Cast & Orchestra
Kyle Biebel – Singer
Kyle is thrilled and very thankful to be a part of his third show this season here at AMT! He thanks his cast mates, colleagues, and director immensely for this experience and opportunity, and is honored to have been welcomed so warmly into the AMT family. Originally from NJ, he completed his Bachelor of Music at The University of The Arts (Philadelphia) in 2009. Kyle has since enjoyed a diverse entertainment career throughout both the US and Europe. For more information, please visit www.kylebiebel.com.
Ashlee Byers – Dancer
Ashlee is excited to be performing her second holiday season with AMT. This past summer she enjoyed swinging for AMT’s Crooners and working for Silvertree Productions in Buffalo, NY. Ashlee credits her talent to her years of training at The Hanover School of Ballet. Thanks to Andrea and the AMT crew for this wonderful opportunity and to her poppop, AKA chauffeur!
Missy Clayton – Show Captain/Youth Coordinator/Dancer
Missy is thrilled to spend another Christmas season at AMT! She graduated from the American Music and Dramatic Academy in NYC where she studied musical theatre and dance. Favorite credits: “Weird Al” backup dancer, Rock of Ages (young groupie), Legally Blonde (Brooke Wyndham), Chicago (Liz), 42nd Street (Lorraine), and A Chorus Line (Kristine). Love to Mom, Dad, Max, the Claytons, Truncies, and everyone at AMT!
Wess Cooke – Singer
Wess is happy to be returning to AMT for his 15th year! He attended Shenandoah Conservatory of Music, has opened for many artists, and worked at other theatres prior to joining AMT. Originally from northern Virginia, Lancaster is now home. Purchase original music at www.WessCooke.com. Come see The Wess Cooke Show here at AMT in 2017!
Jordan Cyphert – Singer/Dancer
Jordan is thrilled to return to the AMT stage! Previous AMT credits: The 2013 and 2014 Christmas Shows, Broadway: Now & Forever. Tour: Flashdance: The Musical. Cruise Lines: Princess Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line. Select Regional: Mary Poppins (Bert), How to Succeed… (Bud Frump), Bonnie & Clyde (Buck Barrow), Shear Madness (Mikey). AEA member. BFA Musical Theatre Clarion University of PA. Many thanks to Andrea, Matthew, and the entire AMT family! www.jordancyphert.com
Rachel Ferretti – Dancer
Rachel is thrilled to be joining the cast of Winter Wonderland! Most recently, she performed Off-Broadway in the world premiere of Crashlight. Favorite credits include the International tour of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Silly Girl), West Side Story, Billy Elliot, The All New Piano Men, Singin’ in the Rain (Palace Theatre, NH), and Disney Cruise Line. Love to her family in New York! CTS, always.
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 US and Canada. This is Isaac’s second season here at AMT, and he couldn’t be happier to be back!
Randy Jeter – Singer
Randy is thrilled to be part of Winter Wonderland here at AMT. He received his training in Musical Theater and Classical Voice from Manhattan School of Music. Favorite role to date: Eddie Souther in Sister Act (Fulton Theatre). Favorite credits: The Phantom of the Opera, Children of Eden, Godspell, The Life. Love to his family, friends, and wife, Abigail! www.randymjeter.com
Chris Kane – Dancer
Chris is thrilled to make his debut at AMT! NYC: Fred Astaire in Castle Walk (NYMF). Ship: Fred Casely (Billy Flynn/Mary Sunshine U/S) in Chicago (RCCL). Regional: Mary Poppins, Hot Jersey Nights, West Side Story, Victor/Victoria, Hairspray, Grease, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, CATS, and Happy Days, for which he was dance captain on a handful of those productions. Chris is also a three time, professional ballroom dance champion. Love to his friends and family for their eternal support and a big thank you to Andrea and Matt for this opportunity!
Joshua Kramer Keefer – Singer
Joshua is thrilled to be returning to the AMT stage after making his AMT debut in Crooners. Favorite credits: Chess (Freddie), Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour), Merchant of Venice (Grataino), Joseph (Joseph, Sight & Sound Theatre). For Connor Joseph, change the world. Merry Christmas!
Julie Keough – Singer
Julie is thrilled to help bring to audiences the Christmas magic of Winter Wonderland! Hailing from Waldorf, MD, she earned her degree at McDaniel College and has made Lancaster her home since 2009. Julie is the co-founder of the Lancaster Theatre Alliance, and has recently performed for AMT, Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre, PRiMA Theatre, and Fulton Theatre, as well as the St. James Choir. Check out Julie’s Christmas CD Silver Belles, featuring fellow AMT performers past and present, in the AMT gift shop or on CDBaby. Love to Jacob and family, and to her wonderful AMT family!
Annie Leigh – Singer
Annie is thrilled to be making her AMT debut! Most recently, she was seen as Mrs. Claus in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and The Ugly Duckling in the international tour of Shrek the Musical! A big thank you to the AMT family. Annie sends her love to her husband, Chris!
Corey O’Brien – Dancer
Corey is very excited to dance in AMT’s Winter Wonderland. Corey most recently performed in AMT’s Crooners, The 2015 Christmas Show: Deck The Halls, and 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 ship 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 would like to thank his family for their support. Check out www.coreyobrienonline.com and follow @corey_obrien for updates. Enjoy!
Marisa Rivera – Singer/Dancer
Marisa is grateful to return to AMT for the eighth time! She is a member of AEA and a BFA Musical Theater graduate of the University of Florida. Favorite regional credits include Chicago (Velma), Damn Yankees (Lola), Oklahoma (Ado Annie), and A Chorus Line (Cassie and Diana Morales). Marisa gives all glory to Jesus and deep love and gratitude to her family and wonderful fiancé, Chris!
Sarah Timm – Singer
Sarah is thrilled to spend her fourth Christmas with AMT in Winter Wonderland. She has worked professionally with Sight & Sound Theatres, PRiMA Theatre, and Fulton Theatre where she became a member of AEA. Sarah studied classical voice and holds a Bachelor of Music degree. Her album, A Dash of Diva, is now available! She gives love and thanks to God and her family! www.sarahtimm.com
Jaren Angud – Drums/Percussion
Jaren, a Philadelphia native, has made a professional career as a touring Broadway musician. His credits include the international tour of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the national tour of Flashdance: The Musical, and the Celtic Thunder Symphony tour. Jaren has performed in many major countries and cities in Asia, Africa, Europe, Cuba, Canada, and the United States. Jaren received his MM in performance at Penn State University, and his BA in music education and performance at Rowan University. www.jarenangud.com @jarenangud
Michael Evangelista – Bass
Michael is very pleased to be joining the AMT Orchestra for the 2016 season! He has been performing and teaching in the Philadelphia area since graduating from Kutztown University in 2010. Michael attributes much of his musical development to studying with legendary bass players including Scott Lee, Buster Williams, and Kevin MacConnell. Michael’s professional career spans a wide variety of musical endeavors including extensive pit orchestra work, jazz ensembles, operas, wedding bands, and rock, pop, and funk groups.
Mike Lambertson – Violin
Mike is a violinist from Lancaster, PA and is excited to be back here for his sixth Christmas Show at American Music Theatre!
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.
Robby Moser – Trumpet/Horns
Robby studied at University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music for his BM and Yale University for his MM. After completing Yale, he has been performing across the world playing in pits for Shen Yun Performing Arts Ballet, Princess Cruise Line productions, and the international Broadway tour of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.
Andy Mowatt – Guitars
This is Andy’s 16th show at AMT! A full-time musician with a degree from Lebanon Valley College, Andy performs and arranges music for regional bands and theater shows, and is adjunct instructor at Lancaster Bible College. His innovative Christmas album, It’s Beginning To Sound A Lot Like Christmas, is available in the AMT gift shop. www.andymowatt.com
Andy Roberts – Keys 1/Conductor/Music Director
Andy is a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston and lives in Central PA with his wife and daughter. He is happy to be a part of The 2016 Christmas Show with his friends at AMT. More info about Andy can be found on his website, www.antigravmuzik.com.
David Shultz – Woodwinds
David is very happy to be part of Winter Wonderland 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. Touring Broadway shows include Grease, A Christmas Story, Hair, Spamalot, Cinderella, Chicago, and many more.
Aaron Trasatt – Keys 2
Aaron is thrilled to perform again for his fourth show at American Music Theatre. He is a Lancaster-based musician, artist, and designer. Aaron has high hopes for this year’s Winter Wonderland orchestra and would like to spread that cheer with the cast, crew, and you! A special shout out goes to his wife, Katie, for her unconditional support!
Support The Central PA Food Bank
AMT Schedules Food Drive During Christmas Show Run
This holiday season, American Music Theatre is proud to support the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank by hosting a Food Drive during the months of November and December to coincide with the run of The 2016 Christmas Show: Winter Wonderland.
The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is a non-profit organization working to reduce hunger in 27 counties across central Pennsylvania. By partnering with more than 900 agencies, food is provided to more than 65,000 people in need every week, including struggling individuals and families in Lancaster County. The Food Bank’s mission is fighting hunger, improving lives, and strengthening communities.
Food Drive collection bins will be located in the AMT lobby, ready and waiting for non-perishable, healthy food donations such as these high priority items:
- Canned tuna
- Macaroni and cheese
- Canned meats and stews
- Peanut butter
- Canned fruits and vegetables
- Packaged meals
- Packaged pasta and rice
- Pure fruit and vegetable juices
- Baby food, cereal and formula (must be within code date)
Financial contributions will also be gladly accepted. For every $1 donated, the Food Bank is able to provide six meals for those in need.
You can help make a difference in the lives of hungry individuals, families, seniors, and children right here in Lancaster County. Donations will be accepted November 1 through December 30. So during this Season of Giving, when you come to enjoy The 2016 Christmas Show, please consider bringing one or more non-perishable food items for those in need.
On behalf of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, and those who will receive your donations, we thank you for your support!