American Music Theatre’s Original Show, Inspire, celebrates the moving power of music through the universal themes of Hope, Courage, Faith, Love, Freedom, and Joy.
Inspire follows two individuals striving to find their path in life, and features songs that take them on a touching journey from heartbreak and poignancy to happiness and joy. The sincere emotions of the songs, such as “Climb Every Mountain” (Hope,) “True Colors” (Courage,) “You Raise Me Up” (Faith,) “Can’t Help Falling in Love” (Love,) “Seven Bridges Road” (Freedom,) and “You’ve Got a Friend” (Joy) serve to raise our spirits and remind us of the purpose and meaning of our lives.
Some of the additional songs, performed completely in concert format by AMT’s exceptional live band and singers, include “When You Believe (Hope,) “Live Like You Were Dying (Courage,) “Amazing Grace (Faith,) “My Heart Will Go On” (Love,) and “Happy” (Joy.) Energetic dancing, stunning costumes, magnificent singing, vibrant colors, and immersive video segments intertwine to advance the storyline, and to create a show that is as beautiful to the eye as it is to the ear.
Experience heart-warming music that inspires the imagination and stirs the soul, as American Music Theatre presents the songs and voices with the power to uplift, enchant, and inspire!
Cast & Band
Missy Clayton – Show Captain/Dancer
Miss y is humbled to be a part of this beautiful show 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 to Mom, Dad, Max, the Claytons, Truncies, AMT, and The Palace!
Wess Cooke – Singer/Guitar
Wess is happy to celebrate his 14th year 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 for the latest news about upcoming events and to listen to original music!
Randy Jeter – Singer
Randy is overjoyed to be part of his second season at AMT. He 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 Randy 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. www.randymjeter.com
Julie Keough-Mishler – Singer
Back for her 11th AMT Original Show, Julie is a graduate of McDaniel College with a double major in Music and Theatre. She performed in Pigeon Forge, TN, aboard the Celebrity Summit, at theatres in the Greater DC and Phoenix areas, and in Florida before making Lancaster her home. Julie can be heard singing and playing her guitar in venues around town, and her CD, Dreams of Mine, is available in the AMT gift shop. Keep up with Julie at https://www.facebook.com/juliekeoughsings! Love to Jacob and family, and to her wonderful AMT family!
Corey O’Brien – Dancer
Corey is very excited to join AMT for Inspire. Corey has toured with The Aluminum Show in Brazil and Spain and with The WOW Show in Israel. He performed in production shows on a Royal Caribbean 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 reality show Beyond Dance. Corey thanks his family for their support. Check out www.coreyobrienonline.com and follow @corey_obrien for updates. Enjoy!
Rocky Paterra – Singer
Rocky makes his debut at AMT with Inspire. Discovered by the late Marvin Hamlisch, Rocky joined the legendary composer on two concert tours with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, and more. Rocky was a guest artist honoring Marvin’s memory in a tribute concert headlined by Idina Menzel. Favorite theatre credits: Spelling Bee (Chip,) In the Heights (Benny,) Sweeney Todd (Tobias Ragg,) and Columbinus (Eric Harris.) Rocky graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2014 with a BA in Theatre Arts.
Michelle Rajotte – Singer
Michelle is happy to be back at AMT for Inspire! She has performed on this stage for many years. Some of her favorite shows are Music of the Night, Nashville City Limits, and Hollywood Live. Other than AMT, Michelle has performed in regional theatres across the US. Her favorite roles are Crazy For You (Polly,) 42nd Street (Peggy Sawyer,) and All Shook Up (Natalie Haller.) “Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.” –Ella Fitzgerald
Ian Subsara – Singer
Ian is thrilled to be making his Pennsylvania performing debut with AMT! Favorite credits: Pal Joey (Arkansas Repertory Theatre,) Fiddler on the Roof (Beef & Boards,) Plaid Tidings (American Heartland Theatre,) Disney Dreams (Disney Cruise Line,) Next to Normal, Pterodactyls (Redhouse Arts Center,) City of Angels (Heritage Theatre,) Dance Inferno (Spirit Productions,) and Celebrity Cruises. BFA Music Theatre, Elon University. Proud AEA member. Love and thanks to family, Carson/Kolker Org., and Andrea, Andy, Matthew, Sarah, and everyone at AMT!
Sarah Timm-Hess – Singer
Sarah is excited to return for her second season at AMT! Before AMT, she worked for Sight & Sound Theatres for five years. She also worked with the Fulton Theatre and PRiMA Theatre, and volunteers and emcees for many local events. She studied classical voice, holds a Bachelor of Music degree, is a member of AEA, and is a past competitor for Miss Pennsylvania of America. Sarah has produced her first album, A Dash of Diva, available on her website! She gives her thanks and love to God, family, and husband Andy. www.sarahtimm.com
Joshua Bellamy – Dancer Understudy
Joshua is thrilled to be back at AMT, where he caught the “theatre bug” many years ago. Previous credits: Chess in Concert, Funny Girl, CATS, RENT, and Peter Pan, among many others at Sight & Sound Theatres, Fulton Theatre, American Music Theatre, Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre, and dancing for Norwegian Cruise Lines. Joshua has his Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Indiana University of PA. Much love to God, Andrea, family, KJL, and friends for always being supportive and encouraging, and to YOU for supporting live theatre!
Andrea Dougherty Calderon – Dancer Understudy
Originally from Lexington, Kentucky, Andrea holds a BFA from W. Kentucky University. She was a featured dancer for five years with Country Tonite in Pigeon Forge, TN and Branson, MO. Andrea spent two years at The Miracle Theater (The Miracle, Joseph…Dreamcoat, and the original cast of The Smoky Mountain Opry.) Love to Wally and Joyanna! Psalms 149:3
Paul Drellock-Hughes – Singer Understudy
Paul is excited and humbled to join the cast of Inspire here at AMT! He studied Music and Theatre at Millersville University and was nominated for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship in 2012. Born in New Jersey, but having grown up in Lancaster, Paul has performed all over locally including the Fulton Theatre, PRiMA Theatre, Piercing Word, and Servant Stage Company. Much thanks and love to family, friends, and the lovely Corina for all their continued support. “Music expresses that which cannot be said and which it is impossible to be silent.” –Victor Hugo
Alyssa Lapp – Singer Understudy
Alyssa made her debut at AMT last spring in Music of the Night and is so excited to be a part of Inspire this year! Alyssa received her Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from West Chester University as well as a minor in piano. Recently, she has picked up the guitar and has started gigging around the Lancaster, Exton, and Philly areas. Follow her on Facebook to see where she will be performing next! Alyssa thanks God for giving her the gift of song, and Andrea, the cast, and her family and friends for their continuous support!
Mark Huber – Conductor Sub/Keys
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 Music of the Night, American Icons, Broadway: Now & Forever, and The 2012, 2013, and 2014 Christmas Shows.
Mike Lambertson – Violin
Mike is a widely known violinist who has performed internationally. He’s very excited to have played at AMT over the last three 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.
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 and playing can be heard on his new album, An End To The Means, available in the lobby. www.andymowatt.com
Andy Roberts – Arrangements/Music Director/Keys
Andy is looking forward to being part of another season with his friends at AMT. He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston and currently lives in Central PA with his wife and daughter. Andy is very active in the music scene around the Central PA and Philadelphia areas. More information can be found on Andy’s website, www.antigravmuzik.com.
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 enjoys practicing drums and spending time with his wife and their puppy. He holds a B.S. in Music Education from West Chester University and is an artist endorser of Vic Firth Sticks & Mallets and Remo Drumheads. www.GabrielStaznik.com
Mike Wittrien – Bass
Bassist Mike Wittrien 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 a ton of different places with a ton of different people all over the world. They put up with his shenanigans, and it keeps him out of trouble. www.mikewittrien.com
Inspired by Giving Series
AMT’s current Original Show, Inspire, reflects on the themes of Joy, Freedom, Courage, Love, Music, Faith, and Hope. Those themes provided the springboard for our “Inspired by Giving” Series which focuses on worthy, local organizations whose missions closely coincide with those respective themes. Each organization will be associated with a designated 7:30 p.m. performance, and a portion of the proceeds from each ticket sold to that performance will be donated to the respective organization.
The local organizations and their designated performance dates are. To purchase, click the performance date below to be redirected to our ticketing section, or call 800-648-4102:
American Music Theatre is proud to partner with these local organizations to help further their individual missions, and encourages guests to support their favorite organizations by purchasing tickets to Inspire on one or more of the above listed performance dates.
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