Brandon Teal (Peter)

Brandon Teal holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of WI, Superior,and a Master's Degree in Voice Performance from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Previously performed roles include Fredrik in Sondheim's A Little Night Music, Guglielmo in Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, Simone in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, Bill Sykes in Lionel Bart's Oliver!, and others. His most recent appearance of note was as Jean Valjean in the 2014 Wausau Community Theatre production of Les Misérables.
Brandon's notable performances also include some of the greatest choral works of all time, performing as the Baritone Soloist for the Requiem masses of Fauré and Verdi, Mozart's Coronation Mass, Regina Coeli, and Missa Brevis, as well as “The Pilgrim” in Ralph Vaughn Williams' The Pilgrim's Progress.
He has worked with theatre and opera companies such as the Duluth Playhouse and Sieur du Luth in Duluth, MN, Opera Las Vegas, and the Flagstaff in Fidenza program held annually in Fidenza, Italy.
Though he's studied with some truly fantastic voice instructors over the years, including David Playfair, Hope Koehler, Todd Fitzpatrick, Luana DeVol, and Alfonse Anderson, in the end Brandon credits one man with instilling him with the inspiration to succeed and the solid foundation upon which the rest of his education stands: Professor Emeritus William Day, formerly of the University of WI, Marathon County.
After receiving his Master's Degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Brandon returned home to Wisconsin. He's a small-town boy from Tomahawk at heart, and now lives in Edgerton, WI with his beautiful bride of 13 years, Morgen, and their five children, Cadence, Dorian, Alexander, Aria, and Maxton.
Michele McKenna (Mary Mother)
Michele has been singing since she could walk, and enjoys performing a wide variety of vocal styles. She studied opera performance & theatre at UW Eau Claire for a time and has been performing for years in ensembles which include big band, top 40 variety rock, Christian/praise across the area and Midwest. She also enjoys jazz, and gospel. She has done work as a studio musician recording commercial jingles, and has enjoyed being a part of 10 shows through Wausau Community Theatre as well as having sat on their board of directors and served a term as Vice President. Some of her past theatrical roles include “Dianna” in Next to Normal, “ Bloody Mary” in South Pacific, and “Mrs Kendal” in the Elephant Man. Michele holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree and is a graduate of the ECSW Lay School of Ministry . She has served as worship leader and done testimonial speaking. She has two wonderful talented teenaged children both of which she has shared the stage with, as well as the love of her life and new husband Mike. She is also an Optician at the eye clinic of Wisconsin. Thank you all for your support!



Lucas Gajewski (Thomas) Lucas Gajewski is proud to have been playing the role of “Thomas” the past three years and is grateful for the opportunity from the Johnston’s to perform. His favorite Wausau-area theatrical credits include: “Jack Kelly” in CWCT’s NEWSIES, “Jean Valjean” in CWETA’s LES MISERABLES, “Link Larkin” in WCT’s HAIRSPRAY, and “Munkustrap” in EAA’s CATS. He was a member of UWEC’s Singing Statesmen, and currently sings with Wausau Lyric Choir and Centerstage Band and Show Choir. He is a lifelong member of St. Peter Ev. Lutheran Church. When not on the stage, Lucas is honored to serve families as a Funeral Director at Brainard Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Wausau and Weston. 
Jacob Mizgalski (Judas)

Born and raised in Central Wisconsin with a background in the performing arts and marketing Jake is an Advertising Executive for City Pages as well as a licensed REALTOR helping people buy and sell homes with his business IdleKnot Property Group brokered by the influential eXp Realty. Jacob has been having fun on stage and back stage for the past 16 years.  His most notable performances within the past few years include Aldolpho in The Drowsy Chaperone, Macavity in Cats, Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid and Sir Dennis Galahad in Spamalot.  
When he’s not helping businesses promote or neighbors buy/sell homes he has been involved in many aspects of boosting the arts in Central Wisconsin such as Stage Management for The Central Wisconsin Educational Theater Alliance and past Vice President of Mosinee Community Theatre.
When he’s not on stage or having fun with work he loves running every day, taking part in marathons, fundraising, traveling, jet-skiing on Lake Dubay, soaking up the sun and spending time with close friends and family.       

 

Elizabeth Gubler

(Cello representing Christ)

Elizabeth Gubler is from Northern Virginia, where she grew up learning piano from her own mother, and cello. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Brigham Young University-Idaho, where at the culmination of her time there 13 years ago, performed in another oratorio by Rob Gardner. Since that experience, she feels especially blessed to have the opportunity of sharing the powerful music & message of the Lamb of God. She completed her student teaching in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she taught middle school orchestra for 7 years. She also enjoyed working as a cello section coach for the Las Vegas Youth Orchestra during that time, as well as participating in the Henderson Symphony & the North Las Vegas Orchestra. During her time living in Las Vegas, she met her wonderful husband, Aaron. They enjoy spending time with their 2 daughters, with a 3rd on the way at the end of May. They attend church at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, in Antigo.

 

Trisha Peterson

(Nartrator)

Trisha grew up in Arizona and met and married her husband to whom she has been married for nearly 20 years. She made a home for her family as they moved several times to several different states and added three children along the way. When she finally ended up in Wausau 3 years ago it finally felt like home.  Trisha is proud to have been a foster parent and loves working with children.  She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, doing home improvement projects, volunteering in the community, and gardening.  .

Erik Olson

(Narrator)

Erik Olson is a 1991 graduate of Carthage College with a BA in Religion and a 1995 graduate of Wartburg Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity.  He was ordained into ministry on August 6, 1995 and has served Lutheran churches in Fort Atkinson and Birnamwood.  He currently serves as pastor at First English Lutheran Church in Wausau.  Erik is married to Jessica.  They have one son and daughter-in-law who live in Eagan, MN.  Erik is glad to be a part of Lamb of God this year.  He also finds it awkward to talk about himself in the third person.


Angela Sedrak (Martha) "Angela is a 2014 graduate of UW-Stevens Point, where she received degrees in Vocal Performance and Elementary Education. While at Point, she was involved in Opera Workshop and held the roles of "Loretta" in Gianni Schicchi and "The Countess" in The Marriage of Figaro. She has also recently done some performing with Wausau Community Theatre, where she was "Hodel" in Fiddler on the Roof and "Belle" in Beauty and the Beast." She has always loved singing and performing but also enjoys reading, spending time in nature, and being with her wonderful family and friends. She thanks you for coming and hopes you enjoy the music tonight!
Eric Hanson (False Witness)

Eric has been involved with music from singing with his family in church and nursing homes, attending the UWSP music department,  in bands/groups Thunder Mountain and Heartstrings.  He is also currently in the hand bell choir at Mount Olive Lutheran Church.


 

 

William Day (Pilate)


William Day is Professor Emeritus of music at UWMC in Wausau, Wisconsin where he conducted the Concert Chorale and the Vocal Show Ensemble, and taught vocal techniques and voice. He previously directed the choral music program for 25 years, and was selected as the 1996 Professor of the Year by the Student Government Association.

In 1997, 2000 and 2005, Professor Day conducted the Concert Choir in performances at Carnegie Hall, and in 2003 at the Lincoln Center. Chorally, he has worked with Robert Shaw Chorale, the Roger Wagner Chorale, and the Kings Singers and Sir David Willcocks, both from London, England

Professor Day previously taught 24 years in the Iowa public schools system. His choirs excelled with performances at state conventions, St. Olaf College, the Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel, and four tours of Europe.

He has worked as the musical director for productions by the Wausau Children’s and Community Theaters, as well as for the UWMC Theater. He most recently conducted the orchestra for the Wausau East production of “Phantom” and “Music Man”, and was musical director for Central Wisconsin Children’s Theatre production of Annie, and “The Little Mermaid”. He is also the choral director at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, in Wausau, and has a private voice studio.

He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Dubuque and the University of Iowa.

Chase Frigen (John)

 

Chase Frigen is a singer/pianist currently residing in Stevens Point, WI.  His love for music started in his childhood church where he started to play piano for the church choir and sing solos for his congregation from a young age.  He has enjoyed performing in many shows and concerts ever since and throughout his college career as a soloist and an ensemble member.  When Chase is not working his day job or at a music gig, you will either find him outside biking the local trails or paddling his kayak.  He also stays very active in sharing his gift of music with the local schools through piano and vocal coaching.  Chase looks forward to sharing the message of Jesus’ love through Lamb of God with the people of Wausau and hopes you enjoy the show!


 

 

Tanya Johnston (Mary Magdeline)

Tanya Johnston was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona. Family cowboy singalongs with her dad's guitar and sister's fiddle are treasured memories. Her pinnacle musical experience was singing with Millennial Choirs and Orchestras in their 2010-2011 year, beginning with the "world premier" of Rob Gardner's LAMB OF GOD, and going out with a bang, in Salt Lake City's historic Tabernacle, performing Brett Stewart's MESSIAH IN AMERICA. She couldn’t have gotten any closer to her childhood dream to sing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, than with the incredible MCO organization! (Check them out! http://www.millennial.org)


She loves her dream job as a stay-at-home, homeschooling mother of five children, and wife to devoted husband, Coy. Together, they serve and attend the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, in Wausau. Life never has a dull moment, and Tanya forgot what the word “bored” meant, many moons ago! 
She is honored to have a part in bringing LAMB OF GOD to Wisconsin, and cannot get enough of the special Spirit that accompanies this miraculous music. Rob Gardner has brought to life sacred moments that speak to our hearts in an unmistakable way.


Special thanks to Mom and Dad for teaching me how to choose and love God and great music; Coy for your eternal support and tireless work; this incredible Lamb of God Wausau group; and, especially, JESUS CHRIST: our Savior! Nothing can top the experience of coupling music and my testimony of Jesus Christ. "My cup runneth over."
Enjoy the Show!

 

Reagan Kettner (Damsel) Reagan Kettner is a sophomore at DC Everest Senior High and thrilled to be apart of Lamb of God. She enjoys musical theater and loves to sing whenever she gets the chance. She would like to thank her parents, her sister, and her outstanding music teachers for always encouraging her.
Sarah Bartelt (Maid) Sara Barttelt is a busy mom of two boys, works as a Software Engineer at Optum Technology and coaches baseball and basketball. She has sung in many choirs, including the UW-Oshkosh Chamber Choir & Wausau Lyric Choir. Sara is a member of Mount Olive Lutheran Church and performed in WCT’s Beauty and the Beast. .

Max Koepke

(Accuser)


Max is a 15 year old student at D.C.Everest who loves music, acting, and playing various instruments.  He is very excited to be a part of Lamb of God and has made many amazing new friends during the experience.

 

Katie Minch

(Mary of Bethny)

studies began at the age of 10 with piano lessons from a local teacher. Throughout middle school and high school, she continued her studies by adding flute, oboe, and voice into the mix.
After graduating from Stevens Point Area Senior High in 2005, Katie continued on her musical journey at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. While there, she participated in several Opera Workshop courses, concerts, and recitals. In the Spring of 2008, she had the opportunity to study abroad in London, England, experiencing the different cultures and music the world had to offer and even having the opportunity to sing in Mitchelstown Caves in County Cork, Ireland!
After college, Katie took an opportunity to move to Florida to begin a career in Opera. On her first professional audition, she was accepted into the Palm Beach Opera Chorus. After completing her season with them, Katie decided to move back to the Central Wisconsin area and begin teaching. She has been teaching at the Rapids School of Performing Arts for nearly five years now. Katie is still an active performer and has directed, musical directed, and choreographed many productions throughout the area.

Ted Aarrestad (Dicrector)

Ted, son of Ernie and Elenore Aarrestad, established his initial position on the census role in Minnesota in 1957. He grew up in the Brainerd area where his early music experience included playing trombone under the baton of his father. He extended his education at the collegiate level at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Upon acquisition of his teaching certification he began his professional career as Director of Bands in Preston, Minnesota. After seven years in Preston he again matriculated into the University of Minnesota system to begin work on graduate degree requirements. He was employed as a graduate Assistant Band Director working with the university marching and concert bands from 1987 to 1989. His next career move brought him to the D.C. Everest School District where he was the Director of High School Bands from 1989 to 2016.  He received the Herb Kohl Achievement Award, National Band Association Citation of Excellence, and D.C. Everest Teacher of the Year. He has been inducted into the Phi Beta Lambda music honor’s fraternity. He held the position of Conductor of the Wausau Symphonic Band from 1990 through 2011. He lives in Rothschild with his wife Jennifer. His three sons are married and reside in St. Louis, Minneapolis, and Wausau. After retiring from D.C. Everest High School he started a home improvement contracting business and has continued as the low brass specialist at the Wausau Conservatory of Music.

Coy Johnston (Dicrector) Coy and Tanya have 5 children, Coy works as a local physician. He is a Jazz saxophonist. Hailing from Arizona, he is starting to acclimate to the cold in WI. He loves creating and building... and his Lovely wife and kids.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
 
 
 

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Contact

Coy Johnston

coy3@hotmail.com